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Epidemiology Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

There are scientists who dedicate their lives to studying the trends in diseases. Your students will learn about epidemiology as they watch an interesting video, create flipbooks and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'epidemiology'
  • explain epidemic, pandemic and endemic

Length

1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • HS-ESS3-1

Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.

  • HS-ESS3-4

Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

Materials

  • Computer with projector
  • Student computers
  • Index cards
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch

Instruction

  • Begin the lesson by telling your students there is a field of science and medicine that deals with monitoring trends with diseases. Ask your students if they remember hearing about the Ebola crisis. Inform students that people know about Ebola because of the branch of science and medicine known as epidemiology.
  • Tell your students they are going to learn about epidemiology as they watch the What is Epidemiology? - Definition & Medical Terms video.
  • Start the video from the beginning and pause it at 0:57 to ask and discuss the following:
    • What is epidemiology?
    • What does an epidemiologist study?
  • Continue playing the video and pause it again at 3:05. Ask and discuss the following as a class:
    • What is an epidemic?
    • What is an example of an epidemic? What classifies each example as an epidemic?
  • Continue playing the video and pause it again at 5:51. Ask and discuss the following as a class:
    • What is an endemic?
    • How does an endemic differ from an epidemic?
    • What are some examples of endemics?
  • Continue playing the video and pause it again at 7:58. Now, ask and discuss the following as a class:
    • What is a pandemic?
    • How does a pandemic differ from an epidemic?
    • How does a pandemic differ from an endemic?
    • What are some examples of pandemics? What classifies each example as a pandemic?
  • Play the rest of the video for your students and answer any questions they have at this point.

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