Global Health

Global Health introduces students to public health on a global scale. Students learn what disease is and investigate how it impacts world populations. By studying different societies, they learn about the relationship between health and socioeconomic development. Students learn how environmental, nutritional, and behavioral risk factors jeopardize health. They learn how communities, governments, and cooperative global efforts can intervene to improve health. Wherever possible, students first study each concept as it applies to their own community, and then they look at it in a more global context. In many lessons, students practice deciphering and interpreting the data they find in tables, charts, graphs, and maps. Students are exposed to working with information compiled by the foremost global health agencies, such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Bank, and UNICEF. At the conclusion of the course, students have a chance to explore what it would be like to have a career in global health.

For a culminating project, students evaluate global health threats and advocate for a single issue that needs attention based on ethical and practical considerations. The driving question of the culminating project is, “How can we develop a call to action to address a global health threat for an international summit?” Students describe their chosen health issue in a self-running slideshow, explain why the issue is important, identify a geographic region particularly impacted by the issue, describe the epidemiology of the disease, and make a case for addressing their health issue at the international health summit. The class holds a mock review by an expert panel at the end of the project; the panel is tasked with selecting the health issues that delegates will focus on during the international health summit. The panel is made up of advisory board members and other professionals such as doctors, public health strategists, politicians and government officials, academic researchers, and NGO professionals. The audience for the expert panel review includes school administrators and teachers, community professionals, peers, and family.

This course is expected to take a total of 77 50-minute class periods.

Course Scope & Sequence

The Scope & Sequence lists the learning objectives for each lesson, providing you with an overview of what your students will learn during the course. You can use these learning objectives as a guide to determine how the course enables your students to reach the requisite goals set for them.

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Lesson Descriptions

The Lesson Descriptions document includes a brief overview of every lesson in the course. This is the narrative companion to the course Scope & Sequence document.

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Course Support

If you have questions about this course, need a hand with a particular lesson, or just have a great idea to share, please contact Kevin English directly at kenglish@naf.org. We are available to support you in teaching the course while also gathering feedback to improve the NAF curriculum.

Culminating Project Overview

In every NAF course, students complete a culminating project and present it in the final lesson. Download the Project Overview to learn the details about the culminating project for this course and to find out what advance preparation the project entails.

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NAFTrack Certification Course Guide

NAFTrack Certification is a nationally recognized, standards-based set of tools developed by NAF to evaluate students’ readiness for college and career. By completing all NAFTrack Certification requirements, students demonstrate mastery of academic skills and career-related knowledge. The requirements are as follows: for each of four NAF courses, students complete all coursework, pass the end-of-course exam, and fulfill culminating project responsibilities, as evidenced by uploading key pieces of work.

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Correlations to the Common Core State Standards

This document identifies which of the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards are met by each lesson in the course. You can use these correlations as an aid to preparing your students for college and careers.

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We welcome questions and feedback about these course materials. For a prompt response, please email Kevin English at kenglish@naf.org.

The ZIP file below contains the current version of every file for this course. Be sure to download it before the start of each school year. If you just need a specific file or two, it's quicker to use the individual links listed on this page.

All Course Files (ZIP file)

Unit 4: Preventive and Curative Intervention

Lesson 11: Community and Policy Health Interventions

Lesson 12: Cooperative Efforts to Improve Global Health

Unit 5: Putting it all Together

Lesson 13: Developing the Case for a Health Issue

Lesson 14: Project Presentation

Lesson 15: Working in Global Health and Course Closure

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