This biology and medicine summer program for teens is an exploration of human physiology and disease, including medical terminology and activity-centered learning about the structure and function of major organ systems. We’ll look at how different organ systems communicate and depend on one another. Each class will include a ‘Spotlight on Medicine’, where we will investigate the cause of a disease, diagnostic tests and the mechanism of action of commonly prescribed medicines. There will also be an excursion to a local hospital or research center and a guest speaker to add on meaning and relevance to the course. Class activities include group research projects, experiments and observations using the scientific method, presentation skills development, video clips and readings.
Learning Outcomes in this course
Learn basic medical terminology in anatomy, physiology and biological function.
Introduce the fundamental concepts of the human body systems with an emphasis on organ system structure, function and interdependence.
Develop a familiarity with human organ systems and common dysfunctions, including disease, cancer, viruses, and reproduction.
Engage in meaningful communication with others about issues associated with human health and disease.