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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6451
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-10-06
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-01-12
  2. Department: EOH
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640200020
  5. Contact Person: Raymond D. Harbison
  6. Phone: 813.974.3467
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6451
  10. Full Title: Protecting Public Health: Bioterrorism/Biodefense
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: O - Other
  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): Bioterrorism and Biodefense
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The theoretical, historical and contemporary issues associated with public health protection and safety. This includes quarantine, health and safety management, homeland security, and the history of biological warfare.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This class should help students think critically about difficult policy issues that confront decision makers as well as future approaches to Bioterrorism, public health and crisis management. Hopefully, this course will help each student solidify his or h
  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 provides information about contemporary public health issues. The course is not currently in a required sequence. However, there is a high demand and competition for Bioterrorism and Biodefense course offerings.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, it has been offered twice before at the college (Spring and Fall 2004).
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor must have a contemporary knowledge of bioterrorism, disease control and management, public health experience, as well as a historical perspective of bioterrorism and biodefense. He/she must also be able to use blackboard.
  29. Objectives: • Evaluate the history of infectious disease on mankind.

    • Analyze the role of the public health professional in fighting infectious diseases.

    • Categorize the world's most dangerous diseases and its treatment.

    • Categorize diseases and chemical compounds that have been used in biological and chemical warfare research and operations.

    • Analyze the role of immunization in halting the spread of diseases and as a tool in quarantine strategy.

  30. Learning Outcomes: • Review humanity’s early encounters with infectious disease.

    • Analyze the events that led to our encounters with the spread of disease.

    • Categorize what is an infectious disease, epidemic, and pandemics.

    • Analyze the threat posed by new diseases.

    • Analyze the impact of farming on the early spread of infectious disease and zoonoses.

    • Review the mystery disease of Pudoc.

    • Categorize the impact of urbanization on the spread of infectious disease.

    • Analyze the early arrival of plaque and the causes of the disease in Athens.

    • Review the history of infectious disease and humanity’s resistance to it.

    • Differentiate between outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic.

    • Differentiate the differences between bacteria, viruses, prions, fungi and parasitic worms.

    • Categorize the most destructive Epidemics of the past.

    • Categorize the causes of disease in the Middle Ages and the return of the plaque.

    • Analyze the causes of the plaque and the world’s first Pandemics.

    • Categorize the causes for the emergence of Leprosy and Tuberculosis.

    • Determine the impact of plaque on warfare.

    • Analyze how are bodies fight infections, cellular immunity, humoral immunity and immune system memory.

    • Evaluate the methods of medical treatment for preventing disease.

    • Evaluate the impact of exploration and migration on the spread of infectious disease in the New World.

    • Analyze the impact of and spread of Smallpox and other diseases to the New World.

    • Relate the causes and the spread of Typhus and Syphilis throughout Europe.

    • Categorize the spread of disease through warfare.

    • Review methods of fighting infectious disease and the importance of vaccination.

    • Categorize the effects and treatment of waterborne diseases of Cholera and Dysentery.

    • Differentiate between the different types of Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases.

    • Examine the typical causes and treatments for Childhood diseases.

    • Analyze the recent history of man’s fight against infectious disease.

    • Analyze the importance of fresh water and soap in fighting infectious diseases in industrial urban societies.

    • Categorize the emergence, causes and spread of influenza.

    • Analyze the importance of vaccination to fight and control the spread of disease.

    • Categorize the emergence, causes, and spread of Polio, and AIDS

    • Analyze the emergence, causes and treatment of food-borne diseases

    • Categorize the most fearsome diseases known to man such as the Hemorrhagic Fevers of Ebola and Marburg, and their causes and treatment, if it exists.

    • Analyze the recent history of chemical weapons and its usage.

    • Analyze the emergence, cause, spread, and prevention of Mad Cow Disease.

    • Categorize the reasons for the re-emergence of Tuberculosis.

    • Evaluate the affect of modern transportation on the spread of infectious disease.

    • Evaluate the impact of biological warfare and factors involved in ‘weaponizing’ agents.

    • Analyze the dangers posed by Drug insensitive ‘bugs’ and resistance to anti-biotics.

    • Analyze the causes and prevention of hospital diseases and the future of disease.

    • Analyze the threat posed by Biological weapons.

    • Evaluate the importance and history of Japan’s Unit 731 and their use of Biological warfare.

    • Categorize the achievements of the early World War Two and Post Second World War American Biological weapons programme.

    • Analyze the accomplishments of the Soviet Union’s early Biological warfare programme.

    • Evaluate the reasons behind the United States Nixon Administration’s choice to rely on nuclear deterrence to reply to the biological threat and their reasons for supporting the Biological Weapons Convention.

    • Analyze the Biological Weapons Convention.

    • Analyze the incident at Sverdlovsk and the U.S. realization that Russia was cheating.

    • Evaluate the importance of the Pasechnik defection.

    • Analyze the American attempts to uncover and verify the covert Soviet Biological warfare programme.

    • Categorize the verification processes under the Gorbachev and Yeltsin regimes.

    • Evaluate the Trilateral Agreement between the United Kingdom, United States and Russia.

    • Analyze the story of Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov, his defection and his evidence about the nature of the Soviet and Russian Biological warfare programmes.

    • Evaluate the use of biological weapons during the Rhodesian War.

    • Analyze the story of Dr. Wouter Basson and South Africa’s covert Biological warfare Programme.

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of Biological weapons for targeted assassination.

    • Categorize the successes and failures of the Iraqi Biological weapons Programme.

    • Evaluate the Effectiveness of UNSCOM.

    • Analyze North Korea’s covert Biological weapons Programme.

  31. Major Topics: -Introductions and Introduction to Disease

    -The History of Disease

    -The World’s First Pandemics and Plaque

    -The Spread of Disease to the New World and New Killers for Europe

    -Modern Epidemics

    -Man’s Worst Fears

    -Man’s Modern Interaction with Disease

    -Man’s Modern Interaction with Disease, Week Two

    -The Midterm

    -BIO-WARFARE- What If…?, Arms Race, Soviet Union and the CIA

    -BIO-WARFARE- The Treaty, Cheating, Incident at Sverdlock and Protests

    -BIO-WARFARE- Inspection, Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Trilateral Agreement

    -BIO-WARFARE- The Pfizer Fiasco and Rhodesia 1978

    -BIO-WARFARE- Wouter Basson, “Gert”, Revelations, Arrest and Iraq

    -BIO-WARFARE- The Inspectors, Rogue State, the Future and Geneva

    -The Final Exam

  32. Textbooks: • Arno Karlen, Man and Microbes: Disease and Plaques in History and Modern Times (Touchstone Books: New York, 1996)

    • David Perlin and Ann Cohen, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dangerous Diseases and Epidemics (Alpha Books: Indianapolis, 2002)

    • Tom Mangold and Jeff Goldberg, Plague Wars: The Terrifying Reality of Biological Warfare (St. Martin’s Press: New York, 1999)

    • Amy Smithson and Leslie-Anne Levy, Ataxia: The Chemical and Biological Terrorism Threat and the US Response.

    -plus 4 movies

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
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