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The Great Diseases is a free high school curriculum that was developed in a partnership between Boston Public School teachers and scientists at Tufts University with funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The high school curriculum is organized into four disease modules. The modules provide a biological framework for students to learn high school biology in a more relevant and immediate context. Each module runs for six to eight weeks of classroom time.

Curriculum materials for each module include a teacher primer; teacher lesson plans with minute-by-minute guidance for each lesson; classroom materials for each lesson, generally including a PowerPoint slide deck with embedded videos, handouts, activity materials, worksheets, and answer keys; and unit assessments.

You can use the portals below access curriculum materials. If you are a visitor and would like to preview our curriculum, we offer open access to one sample lesson from each module. You can open or download these files by clicking the “Preview” links below. Full curriculum material downloads are password-locked; request access by filling out the form to the right for a login.