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Striding into the Scientific Future - Government Lessons

Big Idea
The Role of Government in Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials
Essential Question
Why is the role of government in biomedical research important to participants in clinical trials?
Learning Cycle
Lesson Title & Description
Objective
Students will:
Class period & week
Engage

“The M & M Study”
Students will participate in an imaginary clinical trial using M&M’s. They will also participate in a survey on needs for new treatments for patients

Students will identify the major concerns in conducting clinical trials on human subjects

1 period

Explore/Explain

“The Secret is Out”
Students will participate in an inquiry lesson using the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the timeline, “History of U.S. Secret Human Experimentation”

Students will identify the ethical violations of clinical trials.

2-3 periods
Apply

“Government Intervention”
Students will role play members of the FDA and make a list of regulations for clinical trials on human subjects.

Students will explain the significance of government intervention on clinical trials.
1 day

 

Big Idea
The Role of Government in Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials
Essential Question
How does the federal government work on improving healthcare in the United States?
Learning Cycle
Lesson Title & Description
Objective
Students will:
Class period & week
Engage

"The Mystery Epidemic"
Students try to identify a mystery illness that is afflicting the country as they listen to clues. Once they have identified the disease they identify the role of government in ending the epidemic.

1. Identify some roles of government in dealing with the prevention and treatment of skin cancer.

2. List two reasons why the occurrence of skin cancer in youths has increased.

1 period

Explore

"The Government Connection to Healthy Citizens"
Students will participate in an inquiry lesson where they explore the Department of Health and Human Services as an example of how the government supports health in America.

Students will identify the main executive agencies, interest groups and congressional committees that have an impact on pubic health in the United States.
4 periods
Explain

"Tanning Teens"
Students explore the potential role of government in monitoring tanning devices used by teens.

1. Identify the government’s role in dealing with health issues among teenagers.

2. List the major concerns that health officials would have regarding teens and tanning.
2 periods
Apply

" Who has the Greatest Voice?”
Students will take on the role of a senate committee member, a scientist, or member of a special interest group.
Each student will prepare to participate in a mock senate hearing by researching their point of view and preparing a persuasive presentation to the committee about a clinical trial.

Students will be able to describe the formal process of gaining financial support and government approval for conducting biomedical research.
3 periods
Project

“Senate Hearing”
A simulated committee hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. Students will simulate their role during the committee hearing. The Senate committee will determine whether they will provide funding for the clinical trial that will be proposed by the student scientists.

Students will be able to discuss the conflicting interests that impact decisions regarding health issues in the United States.
2 periods

 


PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:


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