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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY7602

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-28
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1709 2007-01-23
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Aging Studies AS 0122900
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Reynolds x9750

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEY 7602 Ph.D. Seminar in Health and Aging

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

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



    Course Description

    This doctoral seminar focuses on issues of physical and functional health in older adults, including acute and chronic conditions. Specific content will be different each time. Repeatable twice for credit.

  3. Justification

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

    Along with one core course, our PhD students take a ProSeminar in the Fall semester, which is used to expose them to professional conduct, each others' and the faculty's research interests. In the Spring semester, we offer another core course, but have y

    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?

    Each spring, we have the potential to enroll 12-15 of our own PhD students in two of these seminars. They would also be of appeal to students from other programs such as Nursing, Social Work, Public Health, or any of the Psycho-Social Sciences.

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

    Yes, once.

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

    Ph.D. in Gerontology or related science.

    Interest/research into health and aging is preferable.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The goal of these seminars is to expose students to intensive study of a variety of acute and chronic health issues that challenge the ability of older adults to survive and thrive in our society. The primary focus will be on incidence and prevalence of acute and chronic conditions, research relating to etiology and treatment of these conditions, and efforts to impact public health of older adults.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the seminar, students will be able to:

    Demonstrate knowledge of the causes and consequences of obesity in older adults

    Understand obesity from a variety of disciplines: genetic, epidemiological, pharmacological, social, and cultural.

    Have an understanding of the impact of both weight loss and weight gain in older adults

    Evaluate prospects for interventions to encourage healthy weight management in older adults.

    C. Major Topics

    *Obesity Meaning and Measurement

    *Incidence and Prevalence US and Subgroups

    *Causes of obesity nutrition and diet

    *Causes of obesity -- behavioral

    *Causes of obesity -- physiological

    *Impact on Cardiovascular System

    *Impact on Endocrine/Metabolic and other systems

    *Impact on US Health Care System

    * Health Related Quality of Life and Obesity

    * Weight Loss Interventions Medical and Behavioral

    *The Issue of Underweight in Older Adults

    *Interventions to Gain Weight

    D. Textbooks

    None - sample reading list:

    Heiat, A., V. Vaccarino, et al. (2001). "An Evidence-Based Assessment of Federal Guidelines for Overweight and Obesity as They Apply to Elderly Persons." Arch Intern Med 161(9): 1194-1203.

    Kuczmarski, R., M. Carroll, et al. (1997). "Varying body mass index cutoff points to describe overweight prevalence among U.S. adults: NHANES III (1988 to 1994)." Obesity Research 5: 542-548.

    Kuczmarski, R. J. and K. M. Flegal (2000). "Criteria for Definition of Overweight in Transition: Background and Recommendations for the United States." American Journal of Clinical Nutrit

    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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