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Course Description

This course provides students with an introduction to healthcare, with emphasis on modern, clinical medicine. Students review basic human anatomy and physiology, then study major health concerns affecting people in the U.S. and the world. This comprehensive, 10-unit course examines such topics as infectious diseases, cancer, traumatic injuries, and healthcare career opportunities.

Unit 1: Anatomy/Physiology A

This unit gives an overview of the relationship between structure and function in the human body, from the cell, to the major tissue types, to organ systems. In addition, this unit provides an introduction to three specific organ systems: the skeletal system, the muscular system, and the integumentary system.

Unit 2: Anatomy/Physiology B

This unit completes the introduction to anatomy and physiology presented in Unit I by discussing the remaining seven major systems in the body: circulatory, nervous, digestive, reparatory, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine. Major structures and functions of each system will be discussed. In addition, this unit will discuss some diseases associated with various systems.

Unit 3: Human Development

This unit will discuss the major stages of human existence, starting before birth and moving all the way through death. This unit also discusses some important aspects of staying healthy throughout the life stages, as well as some disorders associated with different stages.

Unit 4: Nutrition

This unit will cover the basic components of a healthy diet. Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, will be discussed, as well as major food sources for these nutrients. In addition, causes and treatments for malnutrition and obesity will be examined.

Unit 5: Medical Ethics

This unit focuses on medical ethics. A brief history of medical ethics will be described, followed by a discussion of Core Values. Finally, a number of specific ethical issues will be discussed.

Unit 6: Infectious Diseases

This unit focuses on various types of infectious diseases that commonly affect humans. Different types of infectious agents, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other parasites, will be discussed. Certain specific infectious diseases will be discussed at length as examples.

Unit 7: Cancer

This unit will give an overview of one of the most prevalent health problems: cancer. This unit will answer such questions as; what is cancer, what causes cancer, what are the most common types of cancer, and what types of treatments are available for cancer.

Unit 8: Traumatic Injuries

This unit focuses on traumatic injuries, one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Statistics regarding the prevalence of traumatic injuries, common causes of injuries, and symptoms of certain types of injuries are discussed. Information on how to act in an emergency situation and about emergency medical services, from emergency medical technicians to trauma surgeons, is provided.

Unit 9: Mental Illnesses

This unit gives an overview of mental illnesses, including treatments and causes. The symptoms and available treatments for some specific mental illnesses are also discussed.

Unit 10: Medicine in Practice

This unit will provide an overview of many careers in the field of healthcare. Information about the job duties associated with various professions will be included, as well as the usual courses of education required for these careers.

Course Details

  • Date December 1, 2012
  • Tags High School Electives, STEM
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