Teacher Resources K-12
Teaching students concepts about real-world public health problems can help improve their understanding of science and allow them to apply knowledge and skills from a variety of STEM subjects. It can also help them develop essential skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation, collaboration, and communication. Learning about public health can also help students develop new ideas for career paths.
Incorporating public health into your classroom, club, or activity can give students hands-on experience doing science, which may boost their academic achievement, help them make science-backed choices throughout their lifetime, and set them on an early course for a promising STEM career.
CDC has innovative resources and trainings for K–12 teachers that support your efforts to teach public health. Resources focus on STEM skill development at all grade levels. Explore what we have to offer!
CDC STEM Program Core Components
CDC resources for K–12 teachers are designed to:
- Teach disciplinary core content in public health sciences
- Align with STEM disciplinary core content
- Focus on essential skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation, collaboration, and communication
- Implement strategies that engage students in STEM through hands-on experiences and real-life epidemiology and public health scenarios