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Health Careers

What is the place for me in the health care system?

The T-SCORE Health Careers Unit Plan was developed to provide teachers materials that address all the information required about the different health careers. The T-SCORE Health Careers Unit is designed to provide easy to read, brief and step-by-step exercises, and some resources/tools to help you conduct the classes well.

Main Objectives

  • Identify which careers require what degrees.
  • Explain what health disparities are and how they affect your community.
  • Describe differences between original and modern health oaths.
  • Select a career and be able to describe what they do and what it takes to be one.
  • Interpret graphs.
  • Discover the scope of the health field.
  • Choose a career based on characteristics.

Unit Lesson Plan

Lesson 1: "Health Careers Timeline"

This lesson will provide students with an introduction into the kinds of careers that are available in the health care system, and the purposes of each. Students will then select several of the jobs covered in the lesson for a research project later in the unit.

Key Information:

  1. The types of careers within the health care sector
  2. The attributes and educational needs that accompany specific types of jobs
  3. The pathways and keystone points that are involved in specific health care profession pathways
Lesson 1 Resources

Lesson 2: "What do you need and how fast do you need it?"

This lesson allows students to begin to examine their state/community and see the health security issues that are present. Students will then take this knowledge and discuss the ways in which it has multiple factors (ex. no jobs, insurance, etc.).

Key Information:

  1. A closer examination of specific areas within health care (ex. clinical care)
  2. What goes into ranking a county in regards to its health (primary care doctors, location, etc.)
  3. What it means for an area to be “medically underserved”
Lesson 2 Resources

Lesson 3: "The Hippocratic Oath and Medical Decision Making"

This lesson will provide students with an introduction into the ideas around ethical medicine and how this has changed throughout the years. Students will then take this knowledge and be able to identify the ways that the modern day concept of ethical medicine compares to the original Hippocratic Oath.

Key Information:

  1. The key points of the Hippocratic Oath and how it served to be the first instance of ethical medicine
  2. How the term “ethical medicine” has developed over the years
  3. Hot to identify ethical issues within a medical case and possible solutions to these issues
Lesson 3 Resources

Lesson 4: "Types of Graphs"

Unit Essential Question: Using graphs, what are the job disparities for minorities?

  • Why are there less minorities holding higher education jobs?
  • How do you read a graph?
Lesson 4 Resources
  • Lesson 4 Resources packet (currently not available)

Lesson 5: "Understanding Health Careers"

This lesson will provide students with an insight into the different educational requirements that come with specific professions. Students will then use this information to select a profession and present the requirements to the class.

Key Information:

  1. The educational requirements that are required with specific career pathways
  2. The differences in attaining an associate’s degree vs. a doctorate
  3. How to properly research a profession through several aspects (ex. educational attainment, median pay, job outlook, etc.)
Lesson 5 Resources

Lesson 6: "Strengths Activity – Know Yourself"

This lesson will provide students with the chance to take notice of their social skills/strengths. Using this knowledge, students will be able to apply their personality characteristics to possible career choices.

Key Information:

  1. How to Identify the personality traits that students exhibit strongly
  2. The best kinds of careers that match up with specific personality traits
  3. The key components of personality traits (time management, decision making, stress management, etc.)
Lesson 6 Resources

Lesson 7: "Health Science Career Project"

This lesson serves as the summative assessment for the unit, allowing students to display all of the knowledge they have learned throughout the unit. Students will display this knowledge through a research project focusing on a health career that they would possibly pursue.

Key Information:

  1. The best way to research a possible career and the elements to look for (pay, experience needed, job outlook)
  2. How to find information about careers through various means (interviews, online articles, job postings)
  3. How to curate a presentation for a specific audience
Lesson 7 Resources


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