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Course | Health Careers Exploration

Health Sciences

Health Careers Exploration is a survey course designed to introduce learners to a broad spectrum of health careers. The course covers careers from the five pathways: diagnostic services, therapeutic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. For each career, learners examine the main tasks and challenges of professionals, the treatments they administer, and the interaction those professionals have with other professionals. Learners research the educational requirements and the employment and salary outlook for each career and evaluate how their skills, abilities, and interests align with various careers. Where possible, learners do authentic hands-on work that a professional would do, such as reviewing scans and MRIs, taking vital signs, treating a wound, and completing dental charts.

Planning Tools
For Learners

PLANNING TOOLS provides a guide to course implementation, including scope and sequence, lesson plans, and the culminating project overview.

FOR LEARNERS: This resource encourages and supports students on their learning journey by providing opportunities to deepen their knowledge, feed their passion, build their Future Ready skills, and deepen their career identity through NAF's "Take Charge of Your Learning" framework of REFLECT, STRETCH, INNOVATE, and SHOWCASE.

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Foundations of Health Care Professions

This curriculum framework serves as an example of various possibilities for secondary health science programs to help facilitate development of health science programs

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Instructional Units

Unit 1 Health Careers Exploration – Getting Started
Unit 2 Disease Control and Prevention
Unit 3 Medical Services
Unit 4 Psychological Services
Unit 5 Dental Services and Informatics
Unit 6 Planning for a Career in Health Science

Featured Resources

Health Science Career Specialties Chart

NCHSE Resource

Explore this comprehensive list of professions in the health industry.

Career Connections

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Tour John Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Virtual Tour

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A Tour of the Jenner Institute, Oxford Vaccine Group

Virtual Tour

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