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Infectious Disease Case Study

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, Deanne B. Erdmann, MS, Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and James P. Denk, MA

Disorders and Symptoms

Distribute the “Disorders and Symptoms” sheet to each student. Introduce each disease and have students compare these illnesses with the ones they suggested earlier. 

Tell students that Allison has one of the four diseases listed on the sheet. Following the class discussion, give each group of students a set of envelopes with questions or clues. Instruct groups to decide which envelopes contain the most useful information and select the fewest number of envelopes possible to diagnose Allison’s illness.

Students should open the envelopes one at a time, until they have enough information to make a diagnosis. Each group should record its diagnosis, the number of envelopes required, and the individual question numbers (1-15) they used in the diagnosis on the appropriate lines of the "Disorders & Symptoms" sheet.

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605