Middle and High School
The following resources include science and public health education resources for middle and high school students.
CDC Websites for Kids and Teens: This webpage provides links to CDC and other federal government health websites specifically for kids and teens.
Games and Simulations
Interactive Games (National Institute of General Medical Sciences)
Buffet Busters (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Introduces students to basic epidemiological principles through an online investigation of food and waterborne illness at a fictional school.
MedMyst: Medical Mysteries on the Web (Rice University)
An interactive learning adventure, with accompanying classroom activities and magazines, that teaches microbiology. Funded through the National Center for Research Resources and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Outbreak at Watersedge (University of Minnesota)
Online game used to introduce public health science and careers by having students investigate an outbreak of disease in the community of Watersedge.
A collection of online games of varying difficulty where students are asked to solve a science "mystery" by gathering data, interacting with characters, and developing solutions. "Strange Dead Bird"; "Two Forks, Idaho"; and "The Blackout Syndrome" are particularly helpful for disease detectives.
Get an overview of public health and locate schools with undergraduate programs in public health.
Experiential Public Health Learning Opportunities for Middle- and High-School Students
CDC developed and cosponsors the Disease Detectives Event of the Science Olympiad. This is a series of inter-scholastic competitions where elementary,- middle,- and high-school students apply scientific methods and critical thinking skills used to investigate public health problems.
The following activities are offered by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum and target middle- and high-school students.
CDC Disease Detective Camp is a week-long day camp for high school juniors and seniors. This activity exposes students to epidemiology, the field of public health, and the diverse career opportunities within the field of public health.
CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp (Junior Camp) is a 3-day camp for rising 7th and 8th graders. Attendees will learn basic epidemiologic terms and sample a number of public health fields.
Epi Intense is a 2-day program for rising high-school juniors and seniors with prior exposure to epidemiology. Using Epi Info™ software, students will design an epidemiologic study and will analyze data from the study during the course session.