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The Advancing Cultural Competence (ACC) Certificate provides cutting-edge continuing education through free, self-paced, online courses.

Target Audience: The certificate is designed for health professionals, but is open to anyone.

Program Description

Through 12.5 hours of online coursework, the ACC Certificate prepares participants to recognize how the conditions of daily life, sociopolitical forces, and the culture of medicine affect health among underserved racial and ethnic groups in New York and other regions of the United States. Participants will be empowered to transform their professional practice and yield positive health impacts at the population health level or one-on-one in clinical settings through personal reflection exercises and practice-based strategies.

Each online course covers the following four themes:

  • Historical frames of oppression
  • Present day sociopolitical barriers and challenges to health
  • Engagement with activists and advocates within the community around health
  • Clinical cases and practical tools for advancing cultural competence

Advancing Cultural Competence (ACC) Quick-Start Guidebook

This guidebook provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to start the ACC certificate and track your progress through the program.

Quick-Start Guidebook

Certificate Request

After you complete all ACC program requirements (pages 3-4 in the guidebook), please complete the final Advancing Cultural Competence Evaluation and Request for Certificate using the link below. You will receive an email with your ACC Program Certificate 2-4 weeks after you submit the evaluation and certificate request.

Advancing Cultural Competence Evaluation and Request for Certificate

Additional Questions?

Please e-mail us at [email protected]


The Advancing Cultural Competence Certificate Program provides you with informed and effective continuing education through 12.5 hours of self-paced, online coursework. In the table below, you will find a list of 10 courses you must complete in order to obtain a program certificate. On the right-hand side of the table are the types of credits available for each course.

Course Titles

Credit Types

Bridging Gaps: The Vital Role of Cultural Competence in Healthcare

1.0 General CEU

From Cultural Competency to Structural Competency: A Narrative Humility Approach

1.0 General CEU

Structural Competency: Engaging Stigma and Inequality in Medicine and Medical Training


Urban Indian Issues in New York City and Buffalo

1.5 General CEU

Resilience from Our Roots

1.0 General CEU

Latino/a Health Disparities: Beyond the Cultura Answer

1.5 General CEU

Being Structurally Vulnerable: “Deservedness,” Latino Migrant Laborers and Health

1.5 General CEU

Mass Incarceration and Its Impact on Community Health


Trauma and the Refugee Patient: Barriers and Strategies for Care


Community Health Workers Advancing Population Health Equity & Promoting Structural Competence



Leading Article on Structural Competence:

Hansen, H., & Metzl, M. J. (2014). Structural competency:  theorizing a new medical engagement with stigma and inequalitySocial Science & Medicine, 103, 126–133.

Additional Courses


Web-based Resources:

Think Cultural Health (US Dept. of Health and Human Services)
National Center for Cultural Competence (Georgetown University)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Resources (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Culturally Competent Care: Some Examples of What Works (Commission on the Public's Health System)