Santa Barbara Unified School District

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Public and Community Health

Introductory Courses

Concentrator Courses

This course covers the Next Generation Science Standards for Biology while focusing on how those standards apply to the medical field. Topics covered include cellular structure and function, DNA structure, genetics, the ecology of the human body, adaptation of bacteria to fight against antibiotics, and a general overview of human physiology. Ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field; they will perform labs that focus on techniques and information needed to succeed in post-secondary medical programs. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.


Students receive core classroom instruction in kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, health processes, injury evaluation, and acquire basic knowledge of sports medicine, personal training, physical therapy, and the responsibilities of a fitness instructor. In addition, students will take part in labs in the classroom that will enable them to use a hands on approach to understanding the lecture materials. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.


Capstone Courses

This course is designed to help students develop a general awareness of health careers and specific preparation for physical therapy and sports medicine occupations. Classroom instruction covers such topics as: medical terminology; human anatomy; emergency procedure; soft tissue and bone injuries; causes, symptoms, and management of injuries; nutrition; physical fitness; and career opportunities. In addition to this ongoing classroom instruction, students will rotate through on-the-job training experiences with local physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical education instructors, and recreational facility managers. Throughout the course, the students' core academic skills and ability to deal with people will be stressed.


This class is taken in conjunction with Sports Medicine. Students are required to observe professionals in the field of Sports Medicine. This internship is a "0" period class and arranged by the instructor.


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