This course is designed to give students the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and behaviors needed to become health literate. 


Health Literacy means:

1. Acceptance of personal responsibility for lifelong health

2. Respect for and the promotion of health for others

3. An understanding of the process of growth and development

4. Informed use of the health related information, products and services


This 5 unit Course is required for graduation.


Overarching Health Skills woven-in throughout the curriculum include:

  • Self-Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Stress Management  Social-Emotional Learning
  • Positive Communication Skills
  • Critical-Thinking
  • Planning and Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Advocacy


Health Education Units of Study

1) Nutrition & Physical Fitness

Through standards-based instruction, students learn the physical, academic, mental, and social benefits of physical activity and how nutrition impacts their short- and long-term personal health.

2) Mental, Emotional & Social Health (MESH)

Mental, emotional, and social health plays an important part in high school health education as most teens begin to develop more resilience and self-esteem, a greater sense of self-identity, and a greater ability to communicate, resolve conflict, and empathize with others.

3) Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD)

Building on the foundational ATOD competencies students practiced in prior grades, evidence- and theory-based instruction continues to prepare high school students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to choose and maintain a drug-free life and to reduce drug-related harms.

4) Personal & Community Health

Students this age are more aware of their community beyond home and school, making high school an important time to analyze health issues that are challenging their greater community, including environmental concerns.

5) Rights, Respect, & Responsibility (3Rs) Curriculum*

Positive health practices that are established during adolescence, such as delaying sexual activity, safer sex precautions and developing a healthy body image, can have a lifetime of positive implications that impact one’s sexual health and overall wellbeing.

* This curriculum, which addresses Comprehensive health, puberty, and sexuality education (CHPSE), including HIV & AIDS, will be provided to Parents & Guardians 14 days prior to the delivery of the curriculum and during the last month of the course. You may Opt-Out of some or all of the curriculum at the time of the notification.

* FUSD District links to the curriculum, opt-out information, and parent resources, can be found at: Health Resources.

* See the links below to Parent/Guardian Letters regarding CHPSE and 3Rs Curriculum

Spanish: Spanish CHPSE Mandarin: Mandarin CHPSE English: English CHPSE

6) Injury Prevention & Safety

Health education teachers play a key role in supporting students to learn and apply the skills necessary for injury prevention and safety in person and online. This unit includes student training in CPR Compression Only (as required by the California State Department of Education) and First Aid/Disaster Preparedness lessons.

Useful Links for Students and Families

CA Health Education Content Standards

Alameda County Public Health Department

CA Department of Education Comprehensive Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Instruction


Trustworthy Health Resources for Students


Tools for positive mental health

Child Mind Institute

National Alliance on Mental Illness- Student Guide

At Home Resources for Positive Mental Health Practices

Spanish- At Home Resources for Positive Mental Health Practices