Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Kristen Lindvall, PA-C


The Hispanic population in the United States is experiencing significant growth, making it one of the faster growing demographic groups in the country. However, despite their increasing numbers, Hispanics remain underrepresented in the healthcare field, presenting a significant challenge to achieving culturally competent and unbiased healthcare. This literature review aims to investigate the barriers faced by Hispanic healthcare students and providers and propose potential solutions to address the underrepresentation. The review highlights the educational challenges that limit access to quality education for Hisapnic students, including financial burdens and standardized testing biases. Also, it explores the scarcity of Hispanic students' academic and professional success. Additionally, the study examines the lack of Hispanic providers in various healthcare specialties. The review calls for the implementation of mentorship and support programs tailored for Hispanic students, incorporating culturally relevant curriculum, providing financial assistance and scholarships, and promoting diversity training and cultural competency among healthcare providers. These proposed solutions seek to create a more inclusive and diverse healthcare system, bridging language and cultural barriers, and improve outcomes for Hispanic students/providers in the United States.


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