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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6934
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-11-08
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Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-08-13
  2. Department: Dean's Office
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: HSC 1000 640100
  5. Contact Person: Karen Liller
  6. Phone: 8139746685
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6934
  10. Full Title: Public Health Capstone
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): PH Capstone
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Students need to have completed all College-wide core courses and at least 75% of their required concentration courses
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The capstone course is designed to provide a culminating highly interactive experience for students and to allow for the synthesis and application of public health core disciplines in situations simulating the actual practice of public health.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: The capstone course serves a unique role for students completing their MPH or MSPH degrees in that it synthesizing information from the core disciplines in public health in addition to meeting the interdisciplinary competencies. In this course students a
  26. 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? This course has been highly successful as is evidenced by the course evaluations. Because the course requires students to complete all core courses and at least 75% of their required concentration course before enrolling, the course has had an average of 10-12 students per semester.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? The course has been offered as a selected topic at least three times.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor needs to be have a terminal degree in a health-related field and at least five years of leadership experience in public health.
  29. Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate effective integration of the core

    competencies in improving public health outcomes.

    2. Outline a plan for the systematic study of the needs,

    priorities, interventions, and long-term objectives for

    a given location under study.

    3. Apply strategic management techniques to analyze an

    organizationís situation, including financial and

    budgetary requirements, and develop strategic


    4. Prepare a budget and a request for support from either

    a state legislature or an external funding agency.

    5. Describe methods for assembling a coalition of partners

    to assist in carrying-out the strategic plan.

    6. Communicate an effective public health message through

    a written press release or a position statement.

    7. Present the plan orally to an audience of peers and

    persuade that audience to support your efforts.

    8. Demonstrate the ability to perform effectively as part

    of a team.

    9. Evaluate the efficacy of the team to deliver the group


    10.Analyze public health case studies.

    11.Develop technical reports based on public health

    problems and issues.

    12.Describe effective leadership and advocacy skills.

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Work as a team member in assessing, analyzing, and

    developing workable solutions for public health issues

    in a state.

    2. Build written and oral communication skills in

    presenting information to public health leaders and

    the media.

    3. Utilize the core and interdisiplinary competencies

    in public health in developing solutions for

    population health.

    4. Project future trends for public health in meeting the

    needs of local, state, and national populations.

  31. Major Topics: Major course topics include:

    1. Core and interdisciplinary public health competencies

    2. Leadership Principles

    3. Principles of Global Health

    4. Professionalism and Ethics

    5. Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    6. Principles of Environmental and Occupational Health

    7. Principles of Social and Behavioral Health

    8. Principles of Health Policy and Management

    9. Review of Case Studies in Public Health

    10. Writing Technical Reports

    11. Priority Setting, Finding Solutions, and Program


    12. Developing Budgets

    13. Building Coalitions

    14. Communicating with the Media

    15. Diversity Issues

    16. Systems Thinking

    17. Making Professional Presentations

    18. Discussion of Topics Provided by Public Health Leaders

  32. Textbooks: There is no textbook for the course but extensive reading assignments.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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