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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6766
Tracking Number - 2244

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-06-22
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Grad Council approved 2/15/10; SCNS Liaison notified 4/6/10; submitted as 6xxx - assigned 6766. SCNS approved - posted in Banner, effective 8/1/10

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-11-19
  2. Department: Global Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640800
  5. Contact Person: Wayne Westhoff
  6. Phone: 8139746621
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6766
  10. Full Title: Global Health Challenges: In-Country Case Study (Field Course)
  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): Global Health Challenges
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: This travel abroad course compares the practice and venues of public health as they occur in another country with those in the United States. Health issues unique to and associated with the country are examined.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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? The course is needed for the new certificate. The enrollment in our Global Health Practice program dramatically increases each year since inception five years ago. This course and the new certificate will further expand global health to those individuals who have expressed an interest in global health but are not interested in a masters degree in public health/global health.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) In addition to a terminal degree (PhD, MD or DrPH) the instructor must have no less than five years experience in global health either as a practitioner or as an instructor in the field of public health and global health.
  29. Objectives: 1.

    Identify some of the leading health and health education priorities in the People’s Republic of China.


    Compare and contrast social, physical, and environmental determinants of health in the People’s Republic of China with those of the United States.


    Describe the health and social insurance systems in the People’s Republic of China and contrast them with those of the United States.


    Assess the difficulties of defining various health constructs from nation to nation, culture to culture, and language to language.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Identify health issues unique to and associated with the country examined.

    2. Compare assessment of individual and community health education needs.

    3. Understand program planning, implementation, and evaluation, coordination and administration of programs of the country examined.

    4. Describe the resource availability, health communication mechanisms, application of research principles, and the overall status of public health within the country examined.

  31. Major Topics:

    Sources of health and health education related data, including the historical influences of social and cultural environments.

    Analysis of socio-cultural factors that influence health status and health behavior.

    Status of health attitudes and behaviors in China including, inter alia, tobacco use, physical activity and sports, and nutrition.

    Official, quasi-official, and other agencies responsible for safeguarding health and the integration of health promotion in various settings, including environmental health issues, population control policy, and industrial safety.

    History and evolution of the Chinese health and social insurance system, including their impact today on selected populations (e.g., migrant populations, rural farmers).

  32. Textbooks: No textbook. Specific readings related to the particular country will vary from country-to-country. Summer 2010 course in China will include:

    1. D. Blumenthal and W. Hsiao. Privatization and its discontents – the evolving Chinese healthcare system. New England Journal of Medicine, 353: 1165-1170, 2005

    2. S. Hu, S. Tang, Y. Liu, Y. Zhao, M-L. Escobar and D. Ferranti. Reform of how health care is paid for in China: challenges and opportunities. Lancet, 372: 1846-1853, 2008

    3. Y. Liu, P. Berman, W. Yip, H. Liang, Q. Meng, J. Qu and Z. Li. Healthcare in China: the role of non-government

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Students are required to pay all travel costs related to the course (i.e., airline, housing, meals).
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Presentation within country to public health students, faculty and professionals on a health topic of the USA (40%),

    Attend and activily participate in all meeting (10%),

    Keep a journal of the field course (10%),

    Final paper (40%).

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: There are no exams or tests associated with this field school course. The presentation, journal, attendance and active participation, and a final paper are the tools to assess the student.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make-up work will not be allowed since all assignments are related to the field school and will be completed as part of the field work.

    The paper must follow the university policy for plagiarism and academic integrity as noted in the syllabus. Students will submit the paper without identifiers to SafeAssignment.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Global Health Practice and the new Graduate Certificate in Global Health Practice
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This course is one of the five required courses for the new Graduate Certificate in Global Health Challenges.

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