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Applied Medical English


This English course integrates ELA and CTE standards for the Health Science and Medical Technology pathways. Students study English in relation to health ethics, cultures, family, the individual, health care, epidemiology, careers and global communication. In California, it is UC a-g approved for area “b” (English) under the UCCI Program. Schools may adopt this course to their a-g course lists as a Previously Approved course. For more info, click here.
Curriculum Link: Author: Spring 2010 University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI) Institute

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

  • Gain a broader perspective of the ethical issues in health care
  • Lay the foundation for ethical decision making
  • Explore social issues, current events, and trends in health care today
  • Understand the development of pandemics, global actions of organizations with pandemics, differences in approaches to managing pandemics, and the impact of pandemics on different nations, particularly given differences in economic and social realities.
  • Communicate, using presentation and media technology, a comprehensive genesis and history of disease within a country and the course of action taken by the responding global organization.
  • Understand the controversy and public health implications of the debate over vaccinations and immunizations.

Description of Activities

Unit 1: Introduction to Applied Medical English: Ethics and Culture (9 weeks)
Essential Questions
• What knowledge do I currently possess to make an informed decision on a current health care issue?
• How does one decide what actions to take for appropriate health care from the perspective of the culture, society, family, and individual?
• What are the ethical responsibilities and implications surrounding medical technology advancements, research, and applications in a global society

Unit 2: Health Care (9 weeks)
Essential Question
• What aspects of health care are crucial to a society
Culminating Activity and/or Assessment 200 word maximum

Unit 3: Epidemiology (10 weeks)
Essential Question
• How does geographical location and socioeconomic status affect the experience of health, disease, and prevention?

Unit 4: Communication (4 weeks)
Essential Question
• How do I gather, analyze, and respond to incoming global medical information to effectively communicate with others in the health care industry?

Unit 5: Careers (4 weeks)
Essential Question
• What do I need to consider and research when preparing for a career in the health industry?

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Additional criteria

Cost: Free

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject areas: English; Career-Technical Education

States' Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Health Science

California Industry sector(s): Health Science and Medical Technology

Duration: 1 year

Grade Target: 11

Levels of Expertise for CTE: Capstone/Advanced, Concentration/Skill building

Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided

Source: Organization/Publisher-developed

Organization/Publisher: University of California Curriculum Institute (UCCI)

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