DHO: Health Science

  • AUTHORS: Louise Simmers, M.Ed.; Karen Simmers-Nartker, B.S.N.; Sharon Simmers-Kobelak, B.B.A.
  • ISBN-13: 9781133693611 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 1056 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 8th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2009, 2004, 2001
  • ©2014     Published
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About The Product

The highly respected DIVERSIFIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS is now HEALTH SCIENCE! The new 8th edition continues to be the all in one resource for introductory coursework in the health science curriculum. Organized in two parts, the first section of the book presents foundational information required to enter a broad range of health professions, such as infection control, first aid, and professionalism. The second provides fundamental entry-level skills by specific careers, including medical assisting, dental assisting, and more. Carefully revised with new photos throughout, this eighth edition includes a new chapter on Medical Math, information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, new nutritional guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, updates that correlate with the National Healthcare Foundation Standards, and much more!


  • Content conforms to the National Healthcare Foundation Standards.
  • Comprehensive in coverage, topics include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, communication skills, professional standards and appearance plus specific careers skills coverage in popular careers such as dental assisting.
  • Includes step-by-step procedures that provide your students with detailed information on proper technique for many health science skills.
  • Includes review questions by chapter that assess your students' comprehension of key concepts.
  • Updated supplements package includes new digital options like CourseMate.

About the Contributor

  • Louise Simmers, M.Ed.

    Louise Simmers received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in education from Kent State University. She has worked as a public health nurse, a medical-surgical nurse, a coronary care nurse, and an instructor of practical nursing and diversified health occupations. Louise has received the Vocational Educator of the Year award and the Diversified Health Occupations Instructor of the Year Award for the state of Ohio.

  • Karen Simmers-Nartker, B.S.N.

    Karen Simmers-Nartker graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She has been employed as a nurse in telemetry step-down and in medical, surgical, and neurological intensive care. She is currently employed as a shift coordinator in an open-heart intensive care unit. She has obtained certification from the Emergency Nurses Association for the Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) and from the American Heart Association for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). In her current position as charge nurse in an ICU, she coordinates patient care and staff assignments; manages interpersonal conflicts among staff and/or patients and family members; is responsible for ensuring quality care to meet the diverse needs of patients and/or family; actively participates in in-services to evaluate new equipment, medications, hospital services and supplies; and teaches and mentors newly employed nurses.

  • Sharon Simmers-Kobelak, B.B.A.

    Sharon Simmers-Kobelak graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a bachelor of business administration degree. She is currently employed in the educational publishing industry as an integrated solutions specialist. In this position, she assists instructors at private career schools in finding appropriate print and digital materials for classroom instruction. Sharon also provides in-service training for instructors on using digital assets and instructor and student resources. She achieved President's Club status for two years, number-one representative status for one year, and has repeatedly achieved quota in her 20 years in the educational publishing industry.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
1. History and Trends of Health Care.
2. Health Care Systems.
3. Careers in Health Care.
4. Personal and Professional Qualities of a Health Care Worker.
5. Legal and Ethical Responsibilities.
6. Medical Terminology.
7. Anatomy and Physiology.
8. Human Growth and Development.
9. Cultural Diversity.
10. Geriatric Care.
11. Nutrition and Diets.
12. Computers and Technology in Health Care.
13. Medical Math.
14. Promotion of Safety.
15. Infection Control.
16. Vital Signs.
17. First Aid.
18. Preparing for the World of Work.
19. Dental Assistant Skills.
20. Laboratory Assistant Skills.
21. Medical Assistant Skills.
22. Nurse Assistant Skills.
23. Physical Therapy Skills.
24. Business and Accounting Skills.

New to this Edition

  • Provides more than 800 newly updated photos and illustrations that enhance learning and clarify technical content.
  • Includes a new chapter on Medical Math that allows you to apply math concepts in health science careers.
  • Career information has been updated and organized according to the Health Science Career Clusters.
  • Includes many updates such as new viruses that can become potential sources of epidemics and pandemics, new health care careers, technological changes in health care and electronic medical records, information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and much more.
  • Includes revisions to the section on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to meet the American Heart Association's new 2010 standards for health care professionals.
  • New nutritional guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been incorporated with instructions for using My Plate to plan a healthy diet.
  • Fully updated Today's Research: Tomorrow's Health Care boxes located in each chapter discuss many new and unique research projects that may lead to possible cures or better methods of treatment for a wide range of diseases and disorders.