Global Health Lesson 1:
Global Health Careers and Challenges
Global Health Lesson 1:Global Health Careers and Challenges
In this lesson, students will read a story about a doctor working in the field of global health, and participate in a team question and answer exchange. This lesson is suitable for both middle and high school levels and should be delivered prior to the other global health lessons.
- What are the education requirements and potential career paths to achieve a career in Global Health?
- How do the subject areas of math, Chemistry, and US History interrelate and provide robust, long-term solutions to global health problems?
- Specific facts and concepts related to math, science, and social studies within the context of global health.
- Biosafety Level-Three clinical laboratory
- Global health
- Infectious disease
- Connect diverse careers to global health problems
- Associate their personal interests to potential Global Health careers
- Identify global health challenges and suggest possible solutions.
- Name two global health diseases.
- Describe the work environment and the required education/training for two jobs in the global health field
- Computer with internet, speakers, and projector
- Vessels (envelope, basket, hat, etc.) to hold cards (2)
- Two different types of items used to identify a student as on one of two teams (armband, sticker, etc.) or use different colored paper for the Question and Answer Card
- Rx for Survival DVD
Question-and-Answer-Cards.pdf’>Question and Answer Cards
- Dr. Sanchez Makes His Rounds Handout (1 per student)
- Print out and cut up one set of the global health question and answer cards.
- You will need to have as many matched sets of questions/answer cards as you do students.
- You may want to copy the questions onto one color of paper and the answers onto another color of paper.
- Alternate form (quicker for larger classes):
- Cut up question cards. Make two copies of the sheet of answers.
- Place questions in one vessel and answers in a separate vessel.
- Explain to students that as part of their normal coursework in your class, they will also be studying the connections between math and science and global health challenges. Explain that this will provide opportunities to see real-life connections between what they are studying and what is happening to prevent and control illness around the globe.
- Pass out copies of the Dr. Sanchez Makes His Rounds Handout (1 per student).
- Have students read the story about Dr. Sanchez. Ask students to answer the questions at the end of the reading. These answers are students’ Entrance Ticket to the next class session.
- Note Careers mentioned in the Dr. Sanchez reading:
Anthropologist, Microbiologist, Epidemiologist, Health Official, Scientist, Nurse, Pharmacist, Border Control Officer, Global Transportation Specialist, Public Health Official, Immunologist, Virologist, Educator, Veterinarian, Aeronautical Engineer, Government Official, Pharmaceutical Company, Bioengineer, Medical Technician, Biochemist, Entomologist, Tribal Medicine Men, Businessman, Flight Crew, Hospital Admittance Staff, Medical Anthropologist, Journalist, Biostatistician.
- Lead a brief class discussion about how a knowledge of math, and science has helped people learn how to prevent and treat illnesses.
- Explain to students that they are going to participate in a question and answer matching game and explore career possibilities in the global health field. The questions are to the reading from the homework assignment, Dr. Sanchez Makes His Rounds.
- Divide the students into two groups. Have the students develop their own way of identifying each team, the Questions and the Answers. Give the Questions team the vessel with question cards and the Answers team the vessel with answer cards.
- Have each student pull a card from their respective vessels.
- Set a time limit, and challenge the students to find the card that matches their card (i.e. match each Question with an Answer).
- When time is up, or everyone has found their match, gather the class back together. Call out a number, starting with 1 and going through 21, or simply selecting a few random numbers. The student with that number’s question reads the question aloud and the student with the matching answer reads the answer.
- Visit the Bioquest career possibilities website and ask students to explore careers that focus on Global health.
- Divide the students into two teams.
- Give each team one answer sheet, and have each student draw one question card from the vessel.
- Have each team work together to match the questions with the answers
- Lead a brief class discussion about the assigned reading that featured Dr. Sanchez and his rounds around the hospital. Focus your discussion on two of the four diseases featured in the reading: cholera and influenza. For each disease, ask students the following questions:
- What was the problem?
- Who was most impacted by the problem?
- What was the solution?
- Explain to students that throughout the course, they will be using the skills and strategies learned in class to investigate global health challenges and careers.Wrap-upBring both teams back together as a whole group. Ask each team to present their three most interesting questions and answers.
- The students’ level of interest and understanding can be assessed during the class discussions.
- Gather students’ ideas about global health careers.
- Class discussions provide an opportunity for students to reflect on how they think global health impacts them.
- During the class discussions, students will talk about the relationship between the content of their high school courses and the skills and knowledge needed within the field of global health.
- As this is an introductory lesson, little or no scoring is needed. The students are not expected at this point to have a comprehensive understanding of global health.
- Proficiency is defined as increased student interest as evaluated by ability to tie math, and science to real-world issues.