Academy of Health Sciences Syllabus

Unit 1: Introduction to the Health Care Profession

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

Estimated # of Class Periods: 2

Learning Objectives:

  • Deduce the skills and knowledge about health care careers needed to be successful in an authentic project 
  • Identify general health care career terms with which to build a taxonomy 

Lesson 2: A Brief History of Medicine and Health Care

Estimated # of Class Periods: 4

Learning Objectives:

  • Characterize the most common health care practices during various eras of history and explain the reasoning behind these practices
  • Explore the impact of the emergence of the scientific method on medical research and practice 
  • Describe the trends and potential advances in health care treatments over the next few decades, and identify associated careers that may emerge

Lesson 3: Modern Health Career Pathways

Estimated # of Class Periods: 3

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the five main career pathways within the health care field
  • Compare four different levels of careers within the health care industry
  • Classify common health careers into one of the five main career pathways
  • Describe occupations in each of the five main career pathways in terms of key education and employment-related characteristics

Unit 2: Disease Control and Prevention

Lesson 4: Prevention and Public Health

Estimated # of Class Periods: 6

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast how a doctor would address a typical health issue versus how a public health professional would address the same issue 
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of public health nutrition interventions
  • Identify major public health issues
  • Identify and compare duties, responsibilities, educational requirements, and employment trends for professionals in the public health field
  • Define terms related to public health professions

Lesson 5: Culminating Project Launch

Estimated # of Class Periods: 4

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an informational profile of a disease

Lesson 6: Connecting Nutrition and Health

Estimated # of Class Periods: 5

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how a registered dietitian would make use of nutrition-based terminology, such as that in MyPlate
  • Categorize the nutritional content of various foods and whole diets from the perspective of a dietitian who creates nutrition plans
  • Identify and compare duties, responsibilities, educational requirements, and employment trends for professionals within this health care subfield 
  • Create and defend nutrition plans for healthy individuals and for individuals with various health conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease) 
  • Create a personal healthy nutrition plan by tracking food consumption and recommending modifications

Unit 3: Medical Services

Lesson 7: Visiting the Doctor

Estimated # of Class Periods: 6          

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with medical practitioners
  • Identify and compare duties, responsibilities, and educational requirements of diverse caregivers who provide primary care
  • Explain the differences between primary, secondary, and tertiary care
  • Categorize into the five pathways the health careers of professionals who work in a doctor's office 
  • Describe the basic protocol of a primary care visit and explain the purpose of each step

Lesson 8: Symptoms and Tests

Estimated # of Class Periods: 4

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and compare the duties, responsibilities, and educational requirements of diverse professions within the diagnostic pathway
  • Create appropriate interview questions for technicians and technologists to gather information about their professions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic medical diagnostic tests
  • Interpret basic data from common (sample) lab test results

Lesson 9: Nursing and Care

Estimated # of Class Periods: 6

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast duties, responsibilities, and educational requirements of diverse positions within nursing and the settings in which nurses work
  • Create appropriate interview questions for nursing professionals to gather information about their professions 
  • Describe the nursing process that RNs follow when working with patients
  • Demonstrate the ability to use basic communication skills required for nursing

Lesson 10: Providing Patient Care

Estimated # of Class Periods: 6

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the role nurses can play in infection control through treatment and education
  • Describe the importance of nurse charting and explain how it is used 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common abbreviations used in nursing 
  • Describe the procedures nurses follow to treat a wound

Unit 4: Psychological Services

Lesson 11: Mental Health Professionals

Estimated # of Class Periods: 4

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare duties and responsibilities for the range of people who work in mental health as well as salary earned, education/training required, employment trends, and personal qualities or essential characteristics needed
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic terminology in the mental health field

Lesson 12: Understanding Mental Health

Estimated # of Class Periods: 8

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the difference between normal and symptomatic feelings
  • Explain how mental health professionals differentiate between normal and symptomatic l behaviors using established criteria
  • Describe the relationship between mental health and stress
  • Identify the key points in the history of mental illness over the past 100 years, and describe steps that have been taken to destigmatize mental illness
  • Explain how mental health professionals approach suicide prevention and substance-abuse treatment

Unit 5: Dental Services and Informatics

Lesson 13: Working in a Dental Office

Estimated # of Class Periods: 8

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the range of careers found within a dental office
  • Compare and contrast the roles, responsibilities, educational requirements, and employment trends of the various dental careers
  • Categorize dental careers into the five pathways
  • Explain the purpose of visiting the dentist (both routine and emergency)
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of dental-health-related terminology and oral physiology
  • Explain the relationship between oral hygiene and disease
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with dental professionals
  • Demonstrate understanding of terminology used in dental charting

Lesson 14: Health Informatics

Estimated # of Class Periods: 8

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the content and diverse uses of health information and describe the systems and guidelines used to disseminate this information
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret a simple medical record, applying knowledge of medical terminology and codes
  • Distinguish between different fields within the informatics pathway
  • Compare roles, responsibilities, educational requirements, and employment trends of different careers within the informatics pathway
  • Explain the objectives of HIPAA and its major provisions

Unit 6:  Planning for a Career in Health Science

Lesson 15: Personal Career Planning

Estimated # of Class Periods: 3

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate personal experience and qualifications for potential employment opportunities 
  • Develop a personal educational and career path for health science

Lesson 16: Project Presentation and Course Closure

Estimated # of Class Periods: 5

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize key learning on the range of health career options
  • Demonstrate the ability to give a professional pitch
  • Evaluate personal experience and performance in the course