Principles of Health Science is an orientation and foundation for occupations and functions in any health care profession. The course includes broad health care core standards that specify the knowledge and skills needed by the vast majority of health care workers. The course focuses on exploring health career options, history of health care, ethical and legal responsibilities, leadership development, safety concepts, health care systems and processes and basic health care industry skills. This introductory course may be a prerequisite for additional courses in the Health Science program.
- Analyze and interpret medical milestones, conditions, trends and issues to develop historical perspectives about the health care industry.
- Explore the organizational structure of various health care facilities.
- Observe, analyze and interpret human behaviors, social groupings and institutions to better understand people and the relationship among individuals and among groups.
- Identify how key systems affect services performed and the quality of health care.
- Describe ethical practices with respect to cultural, social and ethnic differences within the health care environment.
- Recognize legal responsibilities, limitations and the implications of actions within the health care industry and manage professional behavior accordingly (specifically related to HIPAA regulations).
- Evaluate services, products, and resources available in the community and state in order to make effective consumer decisions.
- Follow health and safety policies and procedures to prevent injury or illnessthrough safe work practices.
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of the health care team and interact effectively with all team members.
- Explore Maslows’ Hierarchy of Needs.
- Recognize an acceptable Code of Conduct for a health care worker.
- Use strategies for choosing and preparing for a career in the health care industry.
- Apply methods of giving and obtaining information to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate skills and work habits that lead to success in future schooling and work.
- Utilize activities of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) as an integral component of course content, skills application, and leadership development.
- Use information technology applications as appropriate to health care specialties.
- Integrate literacy and numeracy concepts and processes across all curricular units.
- Demonstrate key employability skills (e.g. interviewing, writing resumes, and completing applications) needed for further education or employment.