Great Diseases

Free High School Curriculum for Science Educators

Our team of teachers and scientists have co-developed approachable, innovative, and life-relevant content to improve science engagement and health literacy in your high school or science classroom. The Great Diseases curriculum is designed to provide a biological framework for students to learn high school biology in a more relevant and immediate context. It was developed for high school science classrooms, but can be adapted for different courses. It has been used for General Biology, Honors Biology, CP Biology, Elective Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Health Science, Pathophysiology, Biomedical Science, and Introductory College Courses.

The Great Diseases is divided into four modules: Infectious Diseases, Neurological Disorders, Metabolic Disease, and Cancer. Click the links above to explore the materials for each of the modules, or click here to request access to the curriculum.

Each module runs for six to eight weeks of classroom time. Materials include teacher manuals that provide learning objectives, key discussion points, and activity guidance; and 135+ ready-to-teach lessons comprising PowerPoint slides, lesson plans, student worksheets, labs, games, and case studies.

For teachers ready to use the curriculum, click here for the Student Portal, which provides access to the Student Workbook for each module, as well as other helpful references and resources.

Online Courses and Teaching Support

A new curriculum is most effective when teachers are supported as they introduce it to their classrooms. Our team is focused on facilitating your successful implementation of the curriculum for your students. We have developed a wealth of materials, as well as support and training programs, to help optimize your experience.

If you wish to teach The Great Diseases but the content is new to you, we offer comprehensive online courses for each module of the curriculum.

We also host professional development workshops and provide opportunities to partner with us for research studies as well as personalized mentorship. Click below to learn more.

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