Health Science

  • Principles of Health Science is a three part course that includes Principles of Health Science, Medical Terminology and Health Science. In these courses, students will learn the structure of medical terminology with an emphasis on root words, prefixes and suffixes, and combining forms as they apply to anatomy and physiology; the different career opportunties in the healthcare industry with an emphasis on past and current healthcare trends; and will apply their skills and knowledge to cover topics including public health, community education, nutrition and health and wellness across life stages. 

    For students interested in continuing their careers in health science, Practicum in Health Science: Clinical Rotation and Practicum in Health Science: Medical Assistant are also available.

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  • Dear Parents and Students,

    Welcome to Practicum in Health Science with Clinical Rotations! This course is designed to allow students to participate in rotations, which allow observations of different medical fields. The student will learn medicine from an interactive real world perspective. This course will teach insurance, CPR, use medical terminology learned previously, body systems and disease and much more. The students will see and/or participate in techniques in class and observe patient care in rotations, which they may never see or do again.

    This is a junior or senior level course offered as an elective. As a former physician and someone who spent years in the “real world” my expectations are high and students will be expected to pass tests requiring understanding of cause and effects, analyzing data and integrating many different systems to arrive at an answer. Simply memorizing material will not be effective since they must be able to apply the concepts covered in classroom lectures and reading. This is sometimes difficult for them to do at first.



    Charleen Handzel, D.P.M., CWS


    Lorraine will be teaching in health science. She is married and has 3 adult children, of which 2 graduated from LISD. She has been working as an RN for 43 years with experience in medical/surgical, substance abuse, and women's and children services. She has served as the student liaison with 2 local hospitals. The past 2 years she been a preceptor and mentor for new graduate nurses as they enter hospital nursing. She has been a member of many committees as well as professional organizations. This is her first-year teaching at the high school level and she is excited to be part of this school district.


    Registered Nurse