Welcome to the University of Maryland College Park - School of Public Health's website on cultural competency and health disparities. This website is intended to help health professionals, public health practitioners, students and others find information on cultural competency and health disparities.

What you will find on this website are links to free online cultural competency curricula, information on language services and requirements, self-awareness exercises, key reports on health disparities, interactive websites to retrieve data and create tables, related courses, as well as other resources.

Development of this website was directed by Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras, Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health, with the assistance of Luz Esmeralda Mahecha, Mr. Christopher Daniel, Mr. Stefan Livingstone, Mr. Alexander Fisher, Mr. Charles Olaleye, Mr. Cong Ye, Ms. Lu Chen and Sarah Pomerantz.


  • The Cultural Competence and Health Literacy Primer: A Guide for Teaching Health Professionals and Students was published on March 2013. The University of Maryland School of Public Health worked in collaboration with the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities to develop the first teaching guide designed for multiple health professions, incorporating both cultural and health literacy competency to improve health equity by improving health literacy and communication satisfaction.
  • The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (UM-CERSI) has been working in collaboration with  Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras (PI), Robin Bloodworth, Brieanne Kohrt, Sarah Pomerantz, Dr. Linda Aldoory, Dr. Bradley Bookeloo, Dr. Bonnie Braun and Dr. Jie Chen in the Project Improving Health Literacy and Cultural Competency of FDA Consumer Materials over the past year. The goal of this project is to provide recommendations to the FDA for improving consumer education materials designed to help prevent HIV/AIDS. These recommendations will be based on an analysis of current FDA informational materials and how well people understand them, using health literacy and cultural competence measures.

Supported by NHLBI/NIH 5K07HL079255, NCMHD/NIH 2R13MD00605, and the Food and Drug Administration through the UM-CERSI Innovations in Minority Health Award