Health Education Course Description:
Length/Credits: 1 semester – 1 credit
Open to: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
High school health education develops knowledge, concepts, skills, behaviors and attitudes related to student health and well-being. This course includes the major content areas in a planned, sequential, comprehensive health education curriculum as expressed in the Indiana Health Education Standards Guide: (1) Mental and Emotional Health; (2) Community and Environmental Health; (3) Nutrition; (4) Family Life; (5) Consumer Health; (6) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; (7) Intentional and unintentional injury as a result of risk taking (alcohol, drug, tobacco use, and sexual activity); and (8) Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
Students are provided with opportunities to explore the effects of health behaviors on an individual’s quality of life. This course assists students in understanding health is a lifetime commitment by analyzing individual risk factors and health decisions that promote health and prevent disease. Students are also encouraged to assume individual responsibility for becoming competent health consumers. A variety of instructional strategies, including technology and project-based learning (PBL), are used to further develop health literacy.