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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC5933

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2008-05-05
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1593 2008-03-12
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Administration PH HSC 10000 640103 PUB001 0000000
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Kay Perrin PhD 813 974 6704 kperrin@health.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 5933 Special Topics

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1-3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Special Topics
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    -

    Prerequisites

    None

    Corequisites

    None

    Course Description

    Provides students the opportunity to learn about the multiple ways to view controversial topics in public health. It covers current public health topics including biomedical issues, social and behavioral factors, and environmental issues.


  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course is unique in that it offers a public health perspective on a wide variety of public health issues that are useful for students with and without a background in health. Historically the course has attracted students who are contemplating futur

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The course is approved as an elective for the undergraduate public health minor. Students with an interest in various areas of public health would benefit from taking this course. The course evaluations have been positive.

    The University of South Florida offers no other course that focus on the public health perspective of multiple critical issues. The course includes an emphasis on the five core disciplines with public health including epidemiology / statistics, social / behavioral, environmental and occupational, global health and health policy / management.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Fall 2007 – 68

    Spring 2008 - 87

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    The course instructor must have competency in or knowledge of public health issues. Appropriate candidates will therefore hold, minimally, a Master’s degree in a health related field and should additionally have knowledge of or experience in Public Health. Since this course is taught using Blackboard, experience with the Blackboard software is required.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1) List and describe various methods used to investigate controversial public health topics.

    2) Locate and evaluate the information from a variety of peer-reviewed publication databases and incorporate the information into a public health topic.

    3) Differentiate how to present public health issues after editing out all personal biases.

    4) Understand how to work in small discussion groups to maximize product development while minimizing time.

    5) Determine how to explore public health issues that may or may not be of interest to your field of study including financial, ethical, social, behavioral, medical and environmental aspects of each discussion topic.

    6) Discuss the challenges faced with complex public health issues that will be faced in the 21st century.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1) List and describe various methods used to investigate controversial public health topics.

    2) Locate and evaluate the information from a variety of peer-reviewed publication databases and incorporate the information into a public health topic.

    3) Differentiate how to present public health issues after editing out all personal biases.

    4) Understand how to work in small discussion groups to maximize product development while minimizing time.

    5) Determine how to explore public health issues that may or may not be of interest to your field of study including financial, ethical, social, behavioral, medical and environmental aspects of each discussion topic.

    6) Discuss the challenges faced with complex public health issues that will be faced in the 21st century.

    C. Major Topics

    Sample topics:

    Will managed care improve health care in the United States?

    Does employer-based health insurance provide adequate coverage for most Americans?

    Is drug testing vital to the workplace?

    Is the threat of global water shortage real?

    Should health providers be allowed to deny prescriptions on the basis of conscience?

    Does the threat of terrorism warrant curtailment of civil liberties?

    Does immigration contribute to a better America?

    Should health care for the elderly be limited?

    Is physician-assisted suicide wrong?

    Is gun control a public health issue?

    Should handguns be banned?

    Is culture responsible for the spread of ethnically related disease?

    Will irradiation improve the safety of the food supply?

    Can vitamin and mineral supplements help prevent chronic disease?

    Does the USDA pyramid describe an optimal dietary pattern?

    Are added sugars harmful to health?

    D. Textbooks

    Readings are taken from various issues of Taking Sides. Dubuque, Iowa: McGraw-Hill Companies. The student will be able to purchase and download a custom-book from a McGraw-Hill link (800-962-9342). The student may go to: http://ebooks.primisonline.com online ISBN 0390-774731. The E-Book changes every semester.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information



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