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Update 10/29/2014
The Health Science curriculum is now complete on IOER.

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HSLE - Health Science Curriculum

A high school health science curriculum must be engaging and rigorous, developing both the motivation and skill for a career in health sciences for learners at all levels. This curriculum uses problem-based and project-based learning in order to develop scientific skills, health literacy, and non-cognitive skills relevant to a career in any health science field. Scholars will become motivated and prepared to enter college, technical training, and professional or graduate studies with the mindsets and awareness necessary to affect positive changes in the health of communities of need.

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Major Standards

  • Understand principles of health promotion and the prevention and treatment of illness and injury.
  • Promote and enhance health and well-being through the use of effective communication and decision-making skills.
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.
  • Explain immediate and long-term impacts of health decisions to the individual, family and community.
  • Understand the effects of healthy living on individuals and their future generations (e.g., not using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs during pregnancy).
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of health promotion and illness prevention methods using data from actual situations (e.g., impact of worksite health promotion programs).
  • Explain strategies for managing contagious, chronic and degenerative illnesses (e.g., various treatment and support systems).
  • Compare and contrast how individuals, communities and states prevent and correct health-threatening environmental problems (e.g., recycling, banning leaf burning, restaurant inspections, OSHA standards in the workplace).
  • Compare and contrast strategies to prevent conflict and resolve differences.
  • Describe factors that affect growth and development.
  • Demonstrate skills essential to enhancing health and avoiding dangerous situations.
  • Analyze how public health policies, laws and the media function to prevent and control illness (e.g., product and food labeling, food safety and handling, school immunizations).
  • Demonstrate procedures for communicating in positive ways, resolving differences and preventing conflict.
  • Know and apply the principles and components of health-related fitness.
  • Collect and interpret health-related fitness data over a period of time, with and without the use of technology.
  • Evaluate progress toward the attainment of a health goal.
  • Use resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.
  • Analyze how public health policies and government regulations can influence health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Analyze personal susceptibility to injury, illness, or death if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
  • Use skills for communicating effectively with family, peers, and others to enhance health.
  • Analyze how some health risk behaviors can influence the likelihood of engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
  • Explain how health and safety problems have been altered by technology, media and medicine (e.g., product testing; control of polio; advanced surgical techniques; improved treatments for cancer, diabetes and heart disease; worksite safety management).
  • Determine the accessibility of products and services that enhance health.
  • Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks to self and others.
  • Describe the interrelationships of emotional, intellectual, physical, and social health.
  • Understand human body systems and factors that influence growth and development.
  • Apply decision-making skills related to the protection and promotion of individual health.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits of and barriers to practicing a variety of healthy behaviors.
  • Explain the effects of health-related actions on the body systems.
  • Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • Describe and explain the factors that influence health among individuals, groups and communities.
  • Evaluate how the school and community can affect personal health practice and behaviors.
  • Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
  • Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
  • Analyze how genetics and family history can impact personal health.
  • Propose ways to reduce or prevent injuries and health problems.
  • Justify when individual or collaborative decision making is appropriate.
  • Analyze how the culture supports and challenges health beliefs, practices, and behaviors.
  • Examine barriers that can hinder healthy decision making.
  • Work cooperatively as an advocate for improving personal, family, and community health.
  • Adapt health messages and communication techniques to a specific target audience.
  • Analyze the potential severity of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
  • Analyze the relationship between access to health care and health status.
  • Determine when professional health services may be required.
  • Evaluate the impact of technology on personal, family, and community health.
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.
  • Explain how the environment can affect health.
  • Demonstrate strategies to prevent, manage, or resolve interpersonal conflicts without harming self or others.
  • Demonstrate how to influence and support others to make positive health choices.
  • Explain the basic principles of health promotion, illness prevention and safety.
  • Analyze how the family influences the health of individuals.
  • Develop a plan to attain a personal health goal that addresses strengths, needs, and risks.
  • Determine the value of applying a thoughtful decision-making process in health-related situations.
  • Assess personal health practices and overall health status.
  • Evaluate the validity of health information, products, and services.
  • 7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • Explain how the aging process affects body systems (e.g., vision, hearing, immune system).
  • 5. Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas.
  • 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • 1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11—12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • 2. Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

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