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In this unit, students take on the role of crime scene investigators to solve a murder that has occurred at the school. They will integrate math, science, and language arts into the study of forensic science and associated health science careers such as pathology, forensic science, and medical examination. Because this unit focuses on solving a crime, the most logical culminating event would be to conduct a trial. Some students can assume the role of lawyers, preparing opening and closing statements that sum- marize the strengths and weaknesses of the case and the evidence. Other students can assume the role of police officers and scientific experts called as witnesses to testify. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
In this unit, students will learn about the role government plays in setting policy and supporting and regulating various aspects of the healthcare industry, and about the impact these activities have on the lives of ordinary citizens. The unit will focus on three areas in which federal or state governments have influenced biomedical research and healthcare practice: stem cell research (Subunit 1), pharmaceutical advertising (Subunit 2), and vaccination against communicable disease (Subunit 3). Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
In this unit, students will explore the variety of medical practices that exist outside of conventional Western medicine. Complementary and alternative medicine, known as CAM, is becoming more widely accepted in the United States as our population becomes more diverse. At the same time, scrutiny of these practices, some of which are not subject to any regulatory oversight, is an issue that becomes increasingly pressing for the healthcare industry, healthcare workers, and the general public. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
In this unit, students will explore the emergence and impact of communicable diseases on society. Students will investigate the role of microorganisms in causing disease. They will study the impact of a public health infrastructure, along with medical and pharmaceutical advances, on the evolution of microorganisms. Working in teams, students can research the background and impact of a specific communicable disease on human society and prepare a presentation. Students can also prepare a plan for their school or community to respond to an epidemic, including researching, evaluating, and revising existing plans, if any. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
In this unit, students will learn about lifestyle and genetic influences on health status and about the health insurance system in the United States. They will imagine a future healthcare environment in which technology has greatly advanced, treatment costs have escalated, and individual lifestyle and medical data are widely available to insurers. In this scenario, insurance companies routinely use this kind of information to create programs aimed at improving health outcomes, set insurance rates, approve or deny applications for health insurance, and reduce healthcare expenses. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
In this unit, students will investigate the varied career opportunities available within the law and justice field. They will conduct research on possible career paths and investigate the skills needed for each one. This unit will also give students an opportunity to learn about typical activities in various jobs and help them identify potential careers that match their interests, strengths, and goals. In addition, students will explore the broader social and economic impact of their career choices, while reviewing the history of various law and justice visionaries and their significance to the field. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
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This unit focuses on the causes of workplace injuries and the consequences for workers, employers, and society as a whole. Students will investigate the biological and physical basis for injury on the job, regulations governing the work environment in the United States, and how public and government perception of who is responsible for work-related injuries has changed through history. For the culminating event, students select a company and take on the roles of various health and safety professionals that a Human Resources team would ask to research and report on common workplace injuries. Student work includes a PowerPoint presentation, a summary brochure, an in-depth safety manual, and an organized oral presentation. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
In this unit, students will learn about the connection between nutrition and health. Through interdisciplinary study in Biology, Health Science, Interpersonal Relations, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and World History, they will explore the questions of why we should care about what we eat and how food is produced. Students will explore concepts ranging from the body’s physical requirements in terms of calories and nutrients to the physiological and psychological outcomes resulting from various levels of nutrition and health. They will be introduced to cellular respiration, recombinant DNA technology, and ethical issues raised by using—or withholding the use of—biotechnology to increase food production. The students will examine the issue of adequate nutrition at both the individual and societal levels, reflecting on their own diet and health status and the importance of making good choices. They will also analyze issues connecting nutrition and food production to the welfare of the global community—by exploring the impact of recent famines in Africa—and apply this research to decisions about their own roles. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
This unit focuses on the impact that HIV/AIDS continues to have around the world. Students look at the biology of the disease and then delve into the social and personal implications of addressing a deadly pandemic. Students are asked to write a report including background information and the current HIV/AIDS situation of a particular country, as well as provide a plan that would best handle AIDS education, prevention, and treatment. Students will share their proposal with the class during a PowerPoint presentation and will create a sample pamphlet for one of the proposed intervention programs. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
Although smoking is perceived with increasing disfavor in the United States, it is a habit that continues to flourish around the world and is taken up by thousands of young people every day. In this unit, students will explore the past and present influence of tobacco on social, political, and economic life in the United States and around the world and its impact on individual and public health. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.
In this unit, students will investigate the varied career opportunities available within the health and biomedical sciences. They will conduct research on possible career paths and investigate the skills needed for each one. This unit will also give students an opportunity to learn about typical activities in various jobs and help them identify potential careers that match their interests, strengths, and goals. In addition, students will explore the broader social and economic impact of their career choices, while reviewing the historical origins of various health-related careers and their signifcance to the welfare of humankind. Contact ConnectEd about this integrated unit.