Introduction to Health Science: Pathways to Your Future is organized into five units—one for each of the five career pathways within the Health Science Career Cluster. These career-cluster pathways aid teachers in focusing on the healthcare career options available to students, allowing for exploration of a wide variety of occupations. Unlike some encyclopedic health science textbooks, this text delivers essential content in a more accessible, inviting format. While the text teaches core health science content, students' literacy skills and healthcare vocabulary are strengthened. Definitions of key terms, clear examples, and dynamic illustrations further promote student understanding.
The text is uniquely organized according to the five career pathways—health informatics, therapeutics, diagnostics, support services, and biotechnology.
Questions and activities embedded in the text activate prior knowledge and help students process new information in a way they can relate to during their reading.
A variety of reading and writing activities correlated to college and career readiness standards promote critical-thinking and communication skills.
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Table of Contents
Unit I Health Informatics Career Pathway
1. Welcome to the Field of Health Science 2. Career Skills in Health Informatics 3. Fundamental Skills in Health Informatics 4. Professional Knowledge in Health Informatics 5. Academic Knowledge: Medical Terminology and Body Organization
Unit II Therapeutic Career Pathway
6. Career Skills in Therapeutic Services 7. Fundamental Skills in Therapeutic Services 8. Professional Knowledge in Therapeutic Services 9. Academic Knowledge: Body Systems for Support and Movement
Unit III Diagnostic Career Pathway
10. Career Skills in Diagnostic Services 11. Fundamental Skills in Diagnostic Services 12. Professional Knowledge in Diagnostic Services 13. Academic Knowledge: Body Systems for Transportation and Exchange
Unit IV Support Services Pathway
14. Career Skills in Support Services 15. Fundamental Skills in Support Services 16. Professional Knowledge in Support Services 17. Academic Knowledge: Body Systems for Maintenance and Continuation
Unit V Biotechnology Career Pathway
18. Career Skills in Biotechnology Research and Development 19. Fundamental Skills in Biotechnology Research and Development 20. Professional Knowledge in Biotechnology Research and Development 21. Academic Knowledge: Body Systems for Regulation and Communication
Dorothy Winger - has 21 years of experience in teaching and curriculum development for health science and family and consumer science. She has dedicated the last 17 years to building the Health Science program at Madison East High School, where she is the Nursing Assistant program coordinator and has taught Health Science Occupations, Body Structure and Function, Medical Terminology, and Health Information Office Assistant. She also serves as a HOSA advisor, Red Cross blood drive coordinator, and Youth Health Service Corps advisor. Dottie has written statewide curricula, served as president of Wisconsin Health Occupations Professional Educators, sat on the Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on the Health Care Worker Shortage, and served on the leadership team to develop the Wisconsin Standards for Health Science. She has spoken at both national and state conferences on various educational topics. As an education consultant and mentor, Dottie continues to serve as a teacher leader.
Susan Blahnik - is a dedicated educator whose teaching career spans 40 years. Focusing on secondary education, she has taught career and technical coursework in health science as well as family and consumer education. She developed the health science career pathway for her local school district and taught Introduction to Medical Occupations, Body Structure and Function, and Medical Terminology. She established and managed the nursing assisting program, supervised youth apprentices, and advised the HOSA chapter. Sue has written statewide curriculums and recently served on the leadership team to develop the Wisconsin Standards for Health Science. She has presented at both national and state conferences and served as the first president of the Wisconsin Health Science Occupations Professional Educators. An avid supporter of service learning, Sue has mentored both students and fellow educators, and has received several grant awards to support health science instruction and service learning projects. Sue continues her commitment to children and learning as an educational consultant and author.