Topic outline

  • Medical Inetrventions

    Course Description

    In this course, students will learn about the medical interventions used to diagnose, treat, and prevent various medical conditions.  Students will learn about each type of intervention from multiple perspectives, including research, individual patient, public health, medical ethics, global, and historical contexts.  This course should help students to prepare for a healthcare career, better understand how the human body works, and make more informed medical decisions. 

    Key Course Learning Experiences

    Learning experiences may include case studies, research projects, data analysis, dissections, laboratories, hands-on experience with medical procedures and devices (real or simulated), and communication of medical interventions content and concepts to peers or the community.  Students will have some choice in topics to be covered, which may include: 

    • Infectious disease

    • Cardiovascular disease

    • Neurodegenerative disorders

    • Mental health disorders

    • Dietary deficiencies

    • Endocrine disorders

    • Trauma

    • Environmental risk factors

    • Urinary disorders

    • Contraception and prenatal care

    • Cancer

    • Genetic disorders

    • Prophylaxis

    • End-of-life care

    Essential Learning Goals


    • (40%) Explanation of Phenomena- Measures a student’s ability to effectively research, curate, and communicate their understanding of medical concepts and medical interventions.

    • (30%) Problem Solving / Data Analysis - Students will use a combination of mathematics, computational thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking to analyze data, solve problems, and integrate data and knowledge into a social context.

    • (30%) Process of Inquiry - Measures a student’s ability to think critically and analyze various sources, topics, and points of view.

    Major Assessments and Success Criteria

    Students will be assessed on their ability to understand, demonstrate, or communicate information about medical interventions used to diagnose, treat, and prevent human illness.  Assessments may include: 

    • Hands-on skill demonstrations

    • Research projects

    • Inquiry-based laboratories

    • Quizzes and tests

    • Student-generated medical and/or public health communication tools (infographics, posters, white papers, mock medical conferences, debates, etc.)