Skip to Content

Galen Health Fellows

Five Core Competencies

Our core competencies are more than just academic imperatives. They are guidelines that can serve as lifelong tools to build character and cultivate success.

What It Means

A competency is a set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guide to enable the identification, evaluation and development of certain attributes.

The competencies that shape the core of our program are essential to your growth and well-being, as a student and as a citizen. Mastery of the competencies will offer you a strategic advantage, whether you are applying for graduate school or moving directly into the work force upon graduation.

Our core competencies include:

  • Cultural Competency (CC)

    Awareness of, and sensitivity to, social, cultural, and linguistic differences. Through study abroad opportunities and discussions about global health care issues, you can develop an understanding of health care as it relates to culture, demographics and the world at large.


  • Interdisciplinarity (I)

    Make connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries. Interdisciplinary training will prepare you for graduate and professional study, and for careers in new and emerging fields.


  • Critical Communication (COM)

    Knowing how to assess and effectively communicate information is an important skill set. Critical communication training will prepare you for graduate and professional study, for careers in new and emerging fields, and how to communicate to a broad range of people and institutions.


  • Service (S)

    Cultivate empathy. Your acts of service can have a significant impact on people's lives and on organizations within your community. Take advantage of volunteer opportunities.


  • Leadership (L)

    Model good citizenship. Serve as a positive example to your community on campus and beyond. Get involved in student organizations and look for other leadership opportunities.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.