This one-year course is designed for students interested in the biomedical field of science. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. Epidemiology involves the study of patterns of occurrence of disease and other phenomena in human populations to determine their cause and create solutions for prevention and control. This course provides cross-curricular links among sciences, social studies, English, mathematics, and technology. Topics covered in this course include diseases, occupational hazards, accidents, historical perspectives, environmental problems and social determinants of health and illness. In addition, emergent issues such as ethics, biomedical engineering, research, and bioterrorism is explored. Demonstrations and lab experiences that employ proper safety techniques are essential to this course. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.
Course Scope and Goals
- To understand the etiology and pathogenesis of a variety of diseases. [NS: L.12.B.3]
- To explore topics in infectious diseases such as parasitology, microbiology, pathophysiology, histopathology ,and clinical pathology. [NS: L.12.B.3]
- To explore topics in noninfectious diseases such as genetics, toxicology, environmental and occupational conditions, cancer, and nutritional disorders.
- To examine topics in natural and man-made disasters.
- To investigate current issues in biomedical engineering, emergent technologies, clinical and social trends, and bioterrorism. [NS: N.12.B]
- To discuss highlights in the history of epidemiology. [NS: N.12.B]
- To investigate career opportunities in epidemiology and public health. [NS: N.12.B]
- To learn and apply statistics, such as morbidity and mortality data, used in epidemiology.
- To actively engage in small team problem solving.
- To research, present, and defend cases in modem epidemiology.
- To apply scientific methods to problems in epidemiology. [NS: N.12.A]
- To integrate previous knowledge of biology, chemistry, and human systems to diagnostic data as it pertains to case studies.
- To develop an understanding of homeostatic mechanisms in the individual and society. [NS: L.12.B]
- To develop an understanding of the relationship between current personal health choices and behaviors to future health risks.
- To enhance effective verbal and written communication skills utilizing scientific terminology.
- To practice critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills in preparation for college or school-to-work transition.
- To appreciate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
- To improve literacy skills via exposure to medical literature and related materials.
- To develop awareness and insight into social health issues on local and global scales. [NS: N.12.B]
- To relate classroom experiences to higher education goals.
In accordance with NRS 389.065 and CCSD Regulation 6123, the Board of School Trustees authorizes the establishment of units of instruction on the human reproductive system, related communicable diseases, sexual responsibility, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Any materials used for instruction on the previously stated topics must be approved by the Sex Education Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees. Prior to instruction, active parent/guardian permission must be obtained.
Approved November 2012.