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Environmental Justice Curriculum

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What to do with environmental hazards and where to put toxic waste is a global concern. The eight resources in the Environmental Justice collection ask young ecologists to consider how to incorporate environmental justice in future waste...
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How Diseases Spread

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Investigate the spread of infectious disease with this interdisciplinary set of high school health lessons. Young scholars start by learning about the mechanisms of disease transmission and the different methods of prevention before...
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COVID-19 Science Lessons

For Students 6th - 12th
A pair of presentations from National Geographic examine the science of viruses, the history of worldwide pandemics, and society's response to the COVID-19 crisis. Students first learn about the various types of viruses that exist before...
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Then and Now: Public Health from 1900 to Today

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Throughout the 20th Century, the world has become a healthier place. By examining the public-health issues and diseases doctors faced during the 1900's, students will compare and contrast life from today vs. life in the 1900's. Their...
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Controlling the Pandemic: Public Health Focus

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine global issues centered around HIV and AIDS. In this health science instructional activity, students compare and analyze public health measures and factors that affect the treatment of HIV/AIDS. They examine the role of...
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Public Health Survey: Do This Before Watching the Movie

For Students 6th - 10th
Before watching the PBS film The Most Dangerous Woman in America about Mary Mallon (aka "Typhoid Pary"), have your class fill out a survey about their opinions on infectious diseases. The second page of the activity provides six...
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Is This Really Okay for Me? A Public Health Statistical Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Future public health consultants are asked in a letter to help determine if a fictitious drug is causing birth defects in a population. They perform a simulation using beans and probability calculations to come to a conclusion. Note that...
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Public Health Expert Group

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this medical activity, students gather in-depth information on how well public health measures can effectively prevent the spread of disease. They explore two different stations and give examples where public health measures and can...
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Controlling Pandemic: Public Health Focus

For Students 9th - 12th
In this biology worksheet, students complete 6 short answer questions about HIV/AIDS video. They analyze and evaluate statistics and complete 12 short answer questions about it.
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Beauty or the Beast

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Does the FDA really intend to protect public health? Spark a debate in your chemistry or health class by using this article, titled "Beauty or the Beast." It questions the safety of cosmetics and toiletry products, govenment regulations,...
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Public Health - Merit Badge Workbook

For Students 5th - 8th
In this Boy Scout public health merit badge workbook lesson, students complete 6 pages of short answer questions in which they describe diseases that effect public health. They determine what treatments are available and how they can be...
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Using Maps to Make Public Health Descisions Case Study: Harmful Algal Blooms in the Gulf of Mexico

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to GIS and its uses. Students participate as public health scientists to deliberate a course of action to explore possible research questions. Pupils interpret spatial data, and make predictions based on GIS data,...
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Then and Now. Public Health from 1900 to Today

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners analyze public health issues. In this public health lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the health concerns and diseases of the 20th and 21st centuries. Learners also  interview medical practitioners...
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Public Health

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners are introduced to historical research with primary sources and explore the origins of public health in Red Wing.
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Expert Summary Page

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this health worksheet, students respond to twelve questions based on their findings of preventing infectious diseases. They give examples where public health measures might be effective and describe the challenges for utilizing public...
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Cross Out Secondhand Smoke

For Teachers 8th - 12th
After reading a public health article, high schoolers identify groups that are at risk from secondhand smoke and what benefits have come from reduction of smoking in public places. The article isn't accessible via the link, but can be...
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Unit 16: The Carter Center - Fighting Disease

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
An eye infection can be a nuisance in the developed world; in some places in Africa and South America, these infections cause blindness. While aid workers have drugs and preventative solutions, they are sometimes stopped from delivering...
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What's Your Hypothesis?

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Find the article, "In the Thick of Air Pollution," not through the resource link in the instructional activity, but through an Internet search. Have high schoolers read it and perform calculations with the statistics provided. The...
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Three is a Toxic Number

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Future public health advocates read a case study of a combination of water pollutants that may be linked to autism. The class is split into three groups, one to research each of the suspected chemicals. The look at how each one affects...
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A Yen for Maximum Residue Limits in Food

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Future public health officials or agriculturists read an article and answer questions concerning the Japanese regulations for pesticide exposure. They compare the maximum residue limit for two, 4-D of Japan with other countries. This is...
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Developing a Public Health Service Message

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students communicate the biological basis for an aspect of a public health issue in a visual manner. They use the basics of a variety of diseases and epidemics to create their Public Health poster and service message.
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The Mayor of Sick City/wellness

For Teachers 9th
Students compose a letter to their community. They inform the citizens of an impending public health danger. They provide valid public health information regarding the health and well-being of the community. They present their...
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Cancer Research

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers participate in a class demonstration to see how many Americans are affected by cancer in their lifetime.  In this public health instructional activity, students are placed in situations that allow them to experience how...
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Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Who actually goes looking for a virus? Expose your class to the high-stakes life of an epidemiologist on the trail of the Nipah virus. Pupils engage in a short video, then examine how scientists predict, model, and find the source of...

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