6.1 Cultural Competence

This lesson describes the broad concept of cultural competency and how Citizen Scientists can ensure their perspectives are represented and respected in research studies. Some questions to consider while completing this lesson include:

  • What beliefs, practices, or experiences have contributed to my own cultural background?
  • Have I ever felt misunderstood because another person did not understand my culture?
  • How can I work to identify my implicit biases?

Learning Objectives

  • Define cultural competency
  • Cite examples of cultural competency in health care
  • Give an example of how a Citizen Scientist can ensure their culture, gender, race, or age group is respected in a research study

Video Tutorial

Presented By: Susan Horky

Practice Activity

Instructions: After watching the video tutorial, complete the following practice assessment. Choose the best answer for each question, and check your response for immediate feedback.



What new skills have you developed through your role as a Citizen Scientist?


Additional Resources