The Health Science career cluster has opportunities in planning, managing, and providing
therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and
biotechnology research and development.
North Dakota Epidemics
Great epidemics have played a fascinating role in world history over the course of
recorded time. This activity will give the student an opportunity to explore how great
epidemics have impacted North Dakota history as well as world history. Students will
also be able to explore the opportunity for careers in the health science field.
Direct the students to research and download information on the epidemics of smallpox,
measles, and malaria brought to the Native American peoples by Europeans during the
1500s. Search also for information about the influenza epidemic of 1915-1918 that
included North Dakota. Additional research can be done on the bubonic plagues and
Have students share in pairs the information they have recovered from their searches.
Students may also share any family history of members who had experienced any of the
researched epidemic diseases.
Plan a field trip to a local cemetery or courthouse to review the gravestones or recorded
deaths of the community’s residents. Look for and record unusual deaths, such as those
of infants or young people that may appear. The teacher may have the students record
their findings in an Excel document.
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Have students collaborate on creating a global timeline tracking epidemics from their
research. Then have students compare their field data to their timelines, noting any
relationship between the two data sets.
Teachers and students may present materials from PBS The American Experience |
Influenza 1918 | Teacher's Guide as are useful in relating this epoch in history to North
Students may visit The Reconstructors Solve Medical Mysteries - Rice University to
experience how medical mysteries are solve