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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6760

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-07-17
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change the title from "Health Program Evaluation' to "Research Methods in Public Health Programs" Change description to: Improves the students' skills in quantitative research methods that are used evaluating public health programs and health service delivery systems. Students find the current title of the course misleading and the purpose of the course title change is to clarify what the course is about.
Comments: to GC 5/10/11; reviewed 6/6/11; pending course title variable conf. Emailed 6/29/11; cleared 6/30/11; GC approved 7/5/11. To USF Syst 7/5/11; to SCNS 7/13/11. Apprd eff 8/1/11

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2293 2010-03-01
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Health Policy and Management PH 640400
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr. Barbara Orban 40346

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6760 Health Program Evaluation

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    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)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    The course develops the skills needed to evaluate health and medical care programs. Emphasis is given to research design, determination of qualitative and quantitative criteria, measurement techniques, and interpretation of findings

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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?

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

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

    PhD in Health Policy and Management

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The primary focus will be on the practical application of research and evaluation principles and methods to public health programs.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1.0 Objectives The students will achieve the following objectives:

    1.1 Demonstrate a practical understanding of the critical role that systematic quantitative evaluation research play in assessing the effectiveness of health services programs, innovations, and policies.

    1.2 Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research designs, including optimal and sub-optimal designs typically used in public health evaluation research.

    1.3 Understand the role of survey research methods in the evaluation of health programs. Sampling methods and questionnaire development will be considered in detail because they are often used in program evaluation.

    1.4 Demonstrate the practical application of evaluation principles and methods to health services programs and policies.

    C. Major Topics

    D. Textbooks

    William M.K. Trochim. The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2001, Atomic Dog Publishing, Cincinnati, Ohio

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    4.0 Supplemental Readings

    Donald T. Campbell and Julian C. Stanley. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    1. Attendance is expected and is factored into the final grade. Turn off all cell phones.

    2. There will be two examinations. The non-cumulative examinations will cover material primarily from the text, with supplementation from the lectures and additional readings. Each examination will be worth 25 percent of the final grade.

    3. Participation in class discussion is an important part of this course. Participation, including the student’s oral presentation, will be worth 25 percent of the final grade.

    4. Permission to use the lectures is not granted. All unauthorized recordings of the class are prohibited. Recordings that accommodate individual student needs must be approved in advance and may be used for personal use during the semester only; redistribution is prohibited.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Grading Policy

    1/4 Classroom Participation

    1/4 Exam on Midterm Exam

    1/4 Exam on Final Exam

    1/4 Student Presentation

    H. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    No make up exams or late reports accepted without prior approval of the instructor.

    Plus and minus grades will be assigned. Because the grades are curved, the final distribution may vary slightly from semester to semester. The general distribution is as follows: A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F = >60%

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MPH in Health Policy and Programs

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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