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PULSE: Interdisciplinary Learning for High School
Promoting Understanding and Learning for Society & Environmental Health

PULSE is a nine unit curriculum that teaches environmental health and biomedical issues across the curriculum, in science, social studies, math, and language arts,

Learn about the 2008 PULSE Teacher Workshop

Culture and Cycles: Arsenic and Human Health

Arsenic IconStudents learn how arsenic gets into the drinking water and about the dangers of exposure to people living in affected regions.

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From Global to City Air: Air Quality, City Design and Disease 

Asthma IconStudents learn how city development, air movement & air quality all contribute to respiratory illnesses.

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Diseases and Epidemics: Architects of History

Disease & Epidemics IconStudents explore disease & its relationship to literature & the movement of people, trade & epidemics during the medieval period.

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Dawn of New Revolutions: Revolutionizing Biology to meet Needs

Dawn of New Revolution IconStudents investigate how revolutions, conflict, change, and resource management have impacted human health.

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Industrialization, Chemicals and Human Health

Industrialization, Chemicals and Human Health Icon Students develop an understanding of basic environmental toxicology while addressing basic chemical and physical properties of substances.

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Fertilizers, Pesticides and Human Health

Fertilizers, Pesticides and Human Health Icon Students read research of environmental health scientists & do speeches concerning community based health related issus.

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Powerful Explorations of Health and Energy

Powerful Exploration of Health and Energy.Students simulate an energy task force meeting, which includes environmental health factors as a primary consideration.

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Health Friendly Energy Production

Health Friendly Energy Production IconStudents use understandings of impact of the environment on human health gained in the physical sciences and other science classes to present a moot court case.

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Striding into the Scientific Future: Illuminating Clinical Trials

Skin Cancer & UV Protection Icon Using the issue of skin cancer, students learn about the role of government oversight in clinical studies.

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PULSE is funded by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program, a component of the National Council of Research Resources (NCRR) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). SEPA grants bring together “biomedical and behavioral researchers, educators, community groups, and other interested organizations in partnerships to create and disseminate programs that give K-12 students and teachers and the general public a better understanding of life sciences”. For a fact sheet about the SEPA Program, click here.

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

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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