Systems Medicine Education

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A 4-module, full-year CTE course designed to align with the

Statewide Systems Medicine Framework (WA)

Students Will Learn About

Health and wellness as a complex system of factors and determinants. Innovative approaches for predicting disease risk and identifying actionable steps to prevent disease progression. Innovative practices that integrate science and technology to personalize treatment options for a variety of diseases. Applying their knowledge and skills toward optimizing the health and wellness of their community.

Topics Include

  • Using empathy to acknowledge the life of the whole person
  • Economics of healthcare
  • Systems modeling and systems thinking
  • Blood as a heterogenous mixture
  • Polygenic risk scores
  • The microbiome
  • Introduction to machine learning
  • Navigating clinical data portals
  • Variability of disease pathways
  • Using heatmaps to identify disease subtypes
  • Exploring the state of health and wellness in the community
  • Design and implement innovative approaches for improving community health and wellness
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