MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS (MI)                                                                                                                                           Course ID# 356033

Open to grades:   11-12

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Human Body Systems.

Placement recommendation:  A grade of “C” or better in prerequisite coursework and a 70% average on the assessment portion of the HBS grade. A college preparatory mathematics course taken within the same school year (i.e. CCIM1 or higher). Strong analytical skills and the ability to pay attention to details are recommended. A high level of inquiry and critical thinking is necessary. Student must be self-directed and able to work within a group setting.

Articulation Agreement - Medical Interventions students who score an A or a B on an additional final exam may receive 3 units of American River Junior College credits, which are transferable to CSU.

UC/CSU – Science (“d”)

* Requested contribution of $20.00 for materials

Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Each family case scenario introduces multiple types of interventions and reinforces concepts learned in the previous two courses, as well as presenting new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. These interventions are showcased across the generations of the family and provide a look at the past, present and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.