HeLa High School, opening in the Fall 2013 in Vancouver, Washington State USA is astonishing in a number of different ways:
- It has Health Informatics as major concentration in the curriculum
- It makes the term "pre-med" even more pre-med
- It honours naming the school after Henrietta Lacks, stem cell medical research participant who's cancerous tumours became the HeLa stem cell line
- It follows maybe the Swiss education model which is based more on apprenticeship and job training models?
I've read the book by Rebecca Skloot about the life of Henrietta Lacks, and it is highly recommended. Quite appropriate for ethical reasons to name a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school for her. Well they named it for the stem cells too. I know some Canadian university Health Science undergrad programs have a reputation being thought of as "pre-med", but this is even more competitive. How are students chosen for admission? If students are studying Health Informatics that early, what will that do the applied M.Sc. in Health Informatics in the future?