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Estimated Completion Time

18 Weeks


Introduce yourself to the rewarding field of health science! You will acquire foundational knowledge required to pursue a career, such as roles in the health care industry and the education, training, and credentials needed to attain them. Basic medical terminology, principles of anatomy and physiology, and legal and ethical responsibilities are also discussed. In addition, you will explore communication, teamwork, and leadership techniques – providing a solid basis for advancing through the health sciences.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Considering a Career in Healthcare?  Finding the Right Role

  • Explain the concepts of the five career pathways in health science and provide examples of jobs in each category
  • Compare the roles and contributions of different members of a healthcare team
  • Research and assess the level of education and training required for specific healthcare jobs
  • Develop a logical potential career path in health sciences

Unit 2: Healthcare Today: The Business of Caring

  • Compare the services of different healthcare settings
  • Explain the government’s role in the US healthcare system
  • Distinguish between the delivery models of HMOs, PPOs, EPOs, and POSs
  • Analyze the economic factors affecting healthcare
  • Trace the origins of current health treatments to older practices from many cultures

Unit 3: Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology in a Nutshell

  • Trace the hierarchy of the structure of the human body, from atoms all the way up to the whole organism
  • Distinguish between anatomy and physiology, and discuss the relationship of these two fields of study
  • Explain homeostasis and give three examples of this process
  • Describe position and direction of movement in anatomical terminology
  • Decipher complex medical terms and build your own medical terms from prefixes, roots, and suffixes

Unit 4: Growth and Development Throughout the Life Span

  • Explain the physical, emotional, and social needs of babies, toddlers, teenagers, and adults
  • Predict healthcare needs throughout the life span
  • Debate the value of Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development in modern times
  • Apply Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to understand what motivates human behavior

Unit 5: Health and Wellness

  • Integrate healthy eating and regular exercise into daily habits
  • Assess and avoid the risks associated with using substances like alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Reflect on the emotional reactions to illness and the stages of grief
  • Apply wellness principles to improve health and plan for wellness
  • Link the effects of chronic stress to physical health and strategize interventions for stress management

Unit 6: Effective Communication in Healthcare

  • Deconstruct communication using the sender-receiver model
  • Experiment with active listening and using open-ended questions in personal and school life
  • Articulate barriers to communication in healthcare settings, including cultural factors
  • Adapt your body language to build trust in a professional setting
  • Categorize objective and subjective data and report events in the order of occurrence

Unit 7: Healthcare and the Law

  • Advocate for your rights as a patient
  • Explain the components of HIPAA to keep patient information safe
  • Debate the legality of actions a healthcare worker might take
  • Role play situations with legal and ethical implications for health workers
  • List workplace rights and responsibilities that apply to healthcare employees

Unit 8: Ethical Responsibilities

  • Apply ethical principles to healthcare decisions
  • Compare and contrast scope of practice and codes of ethics
  • Debate the ethics of technological advances in healthcare
  • Reflect on how empathy is related to ethical principles in healthcare

Credits .5

Elective: does not meet Health or PE graduation requirement


  • Healthcare System
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the healthcare system functions by examining the roles of healthcare providers, healthcare settings, and economic factors that influence patient care.
  • Human Body
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and functions of the human body by researching commonly used medical terminology and exploring the topics of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health care.
  • Health and Welness Practices
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of health and wellness practices in health care by determining the health care needs at each phase of a patient’s life and what supports health care professionals can provide to aid their patients in improving overall health and wellness.
  • Communication
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of communication in health care by studying strategies such as the sender-receiver model, active listening, and open-ended questions; and exploring causes of miscommunication such as barriers and body language.
  • The Law and Ethical Responsibilities
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of health care laws and ethics by examining patient rights, HIPAA, and rights of health care workers; and ethical responsibilities in regard to the scope of practice, code of ethics, and advancements in the field.
  • Career Connections
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of various careers by researching careers and participating in and reflecting on sessions hosted by professionals working in these careers.



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