What is Health Professions Week? How Can You Use It In Your Classroom?

Health Professions Week (HPW) is an annual, virtual week-long event that allows teachers and students to explore over 20 careers in the health professions. HPW delivers reliable, digital events to attendees which emphasize career awareness & education. HPW is designed to increase the diversity of young people interested in pursuing a health career. By targeting students who are still deciding on their career path, there is an opportunity to reach a broader and more diverse audience to educate them about the benefits of pursuing a health professions program. The objectives of this session include an overview of the 2020 HPW events, ways to introduce HPW to students in the classroom and the benefits of participating as a teacher.


This session will also deliver a vision of the future of HPW, as we enter into the 5th year of programming.


National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE)


The National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) is a national partnership of health science state leaders, organizations, publishers, and resource providers interested in bridging that gap through quality education. We work to stimulate creative and innovative leadership for ensuring a well-prepared health workforce.

Please visit their site for additional information.



NCHSE Newsletters 2021, click

Curricular Enhancements 6.0 Flyer


For your reference, here are links to State and National Health Science Standards


Wisconsin  Standards for Health Sciences https://dpi.wi.gov/hs/standards


National Health Science Standards https://www.healthscienceconsortium.org/standards/

WISELearn - The WISELearn educator resource portal has resources for Health Science! Check out the following new activities.

  • Health Literacy - Health Literacy 101 is an educational program developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy to help students learn the importance and impact of health literacy in the health profession, strategies for better communication, and how health literacy can be applied as a patient for better health.

Use the .pdf link to access a list of videos, classroom resources, educational vendors, and publishers.


 Join Google Currents (formally Google+ Community), a professional site for educators of Health Science and Biomedical Science courses. As a community member, you are encouraged to contribute your ideas, resources and uphold the standards of respect and quality. DPI is not responsible for the content provided. Use this invitation to join the community! To join, users must have a G Suite account.

Follow the 
NCHSE Facebook page and request access to join the national HSEA private Facebook group to stay up-to-date on events, network with other health science teachers from across the nation, and share resources (you do not need to be a member of HSEA to join). 


The DPI guidance for 'Health Science Programming in Wisconsin' has been updated. Reference the DPI HSE website to find information on:

  • The need for health science programming

  • Health science career pathways and quality components

  • Health science courses and course coding

  • Educator licensing requirements

  • Examples of course and licensing configurations

  • Settings for course offerings

  • Carl Perkins Grant funding




The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point is offering a new educator preparation program for health science education. Both undergraduate and graduate certificate options are being offered. For more information check out the certificate flyer here and access details on the UWSP website.