High School Health

Course Overview

This five-star course was developed in association with Children's Mercy Hospital and is aligned with the National Health Education Standards. Course topics include:

  • Physical Fitness

  • How your body works

  • Understanding Disease

  • Drugs and Medicines

  • Adolescence

  • First Aid

  • Hygiene and Healthcare


Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 The introductory unit of this course introduces the need for students to take control of their health.  Concepts introduced include the the six components of health, making good decisions, types of pressure, public health, and a healthy environment.

Unit 2 This unit delves into the concepts of avoiding injury, obesity in America, maintaining a healthy weight, an overview of nutrients, and MyPlate.  Additionally, students will learn about carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, dehydration, and stages of sleep.

Unit 3 This unit introduces the concepts and characteristics of hearing, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the musculoskeletal system, blood circulation, blood, the immune system, and nonspecific/specific responses.

Unit 4 In this unit, students learn the concepts and characteristics of bacteria and viruses, the spreading of disease, antibiotics and vaccines, diabetes, types of cancer, cancer treatment, hereditary disease, allergies and allergens, and arthritis.

Unit 5 This unit explores types of medicine including stimulants and depressants, as well as drug abuse, steroids, the importance of drug awareness, alcohol abuse, effects of tobacco, signs of addiction, and overcoming addiction.

Unit 6 In this unit, students explore the importance and characteristics of a healthy heart, cardiovascular disease, and heart attacks.  Additionally, students learn about the respiratory system, the importance of taking care of your lungs, asthma, and the digestive system and removing waste.

Unit 7 Students delve into the function and characteristics of the nervous system in this unit.  The parts of the brain and their functions, disorders of the nervous system, as well as infections and the nervous system are covered.

Unit 8 In this unit, students explore mental and physical changes, the importance of the endocrine system, hormones, aging, responsibility, and parenthood.  Additionally, the characteristics of a healthy family are introduced.

Unit 9 This unit introduce students to the importance self-esteem and integrity, as well as communication skills, learning to listen, understanding emotions, and defense mechanisms.  Additionally, student learn about dealing with stress and warning signs to be aware of.

Unit 10 Students will learn about avoiding violence and the importance of respect, recognizing abuse, preventing abuse, and resolving conflicts.

Unit 11 In this unit, students learn about the importance of first aid.  Basic first aid concepts are introduced including burns, choking, CPR, bleeding, broken bones, shock, poison, and extreme temperatures.

Unit 12 This unit builds upon health and first aid concepts covered in the previous unit by introducing concepts including skin care, sunburn, and good habits.  The concepts of healthcare providers, health insurance, healthcare products, and learning on the web are also covered.