Summer 8-10-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Rachel Endo

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Caleb Chisholm

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Shane O’Reilly


This curriculum-based capstone provides high school teachers with a curriculum guide for teaching health literacy to underrepresented adolescents. The secondary knowledge research examines the effectiveness of advisory programs and current trends in health literacy, and the healthcare needs of diverse youth in urban populations. Earlier public health efforts, such as establishment of school nurses and development of school-based health clinics, are also introduced. The UbD framework and principles (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) used to design these curricula are discussed in detail. Unit and lesson plans on various topics related to health literacy were developed with appropriate assessment tools. Vital components of effective planning, such as preparation, key points, and learning activities are presented. The outcome of this capstone is a set of seven interactive lessons that focus on increasing health literacy among underrepresented youth that high school advisory teachers can adapt in their classrooms.


At-risk Students, Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Health Literacy

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