Document Type

Poster Session

Presentation Date

Spring 3-30-2012

Conference Name

Indiana Campus Compact

Conference Location

Indianapolis, IN

Source of Publication

Indiana Campus Compact

Peer Review



To prepare students to be effective practitioners in an increasingly diverse United States, dental hygiene educators must design cross-cultural curricula. One goal of such education is cultural competence, defined as a set of skills that allow individuals to increase their understanding of cultural differences and similarities within, among, and between groups. Cultural competence is a necessity in today’s diverse society and an essential component of clinical practice especially prior to community based learning. Furthermore, the American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation standards requires incorporating content related to cultural competence in the dental hygiene curriculum.


cultural competence


Dental Public Health and Education | Dentistry