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Infectious Disease

We want to teach biology to high school students in a framework that is relevant to their lives. Disease provides this framework because it affects us all. In addition, educating students about disease will enable them to make informed choices about their health. Considering this, infectious disease is particularly relevant because of its continual impact on individuals and society; we can relate to the aches, pains, and fever resulting from infections, and these experiences can be used to engage students in real-life biology.

The Infectious Disease (ID) module has been constructed around five key questions that an informed citizen will want answered in order to understand how infectious disease impacts them. The students will address each of these questions and then, for a final project, they will use them to understand an infectious disease of their choice.


Unit 1: Why should we care about infectious disease?

Unit 2: What does it mean to have an infectious disease?

Unit 3: When does a microbe become pathogenic?

Unit 4: How do pathogens make us sick?

Unit 5: How do we get better?

Lab Case Study: The Tragic Case of Stan

Lesson Case Studies: Infectious Disease Case Studies

Standalone/Supplemental Epidemiology Unit: Epidemics: Ebola

Final Project: Create a public health brochure


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