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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6518
Tracking Number - 2499

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-02-27
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/10/11; reviewed 6/6/11; pending title confirmation and concurrence. Emailed 6/29/11, 10/1/11, 10/17/11. Need conc. , Cat copy - elective. 11/28/11. Apprd for 12/5/11 rpt. To GC 1/23. to USF Sys 1/24/12; to SCNS 2/1/12. Appd Eff 3/15/12-was 6515

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-03-09
  2. Department: Global Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: USF01HSC64080010000PUB0010000000
  5. Contact Person: Richard A. Nisbett
  6. Phone: 49176
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6518
  10. Full Title: EcoHealth & the Ecology of Tropical Infectious Diseases
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  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): Ecology of Tropical Diseases
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: PHC 6xxx Tropical Infectious Diseases
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course surveys the history of the ecosystem approach to community health, and introduces the basic concepts from the emerging “EcoHealth Model” and recent developments in the transdisciplinary field of disease ecology—both environmental and social.

  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? Our current and prospective graduate students have been requesting this specialty. Our primary competition is the Tulane University College of Public Health.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Field work in disease ecology and ecohealth approaches to community health in the developing world
  29. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Discuss the history and theory of public health ecology from the Sanitary Movement to emerging models on the relationships between ecosystem health and population health.

    2. Define and discuss relevant concepts in community ecology, disease ecology, biodiversity conservation and health, climate change and health.

    3. Design transdisciplinary research in disease ecology and community health practice programs emphasizing the EcoHealth Model.

    4. Conduct Health Impact Assessments using the Canadian Handbook for HIAs in resource-constrained settings.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Understanding the "ecological" perspective on global health.

    2. Designing disease ecology and/or ecohealth research and practice.

    3. Understanding the process for conducting a human impact assessment in global health.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Ecosystems approach to human health

    2. Key concepts in community ecology

    3. Community-based participatory approaches

    4. Disease ecology

    5. The EcoHealth approach

    6. Effects of ecosystems on disease and of disease on ecosystems

    7. Population growth, water management and disease

    8. Human impact assessments

    9. Community structure and disease dynamics

    10. Climate change and human health

    11. Policy frameworks and critical perspectives on health and environment linkages

  32. Textbooks: Dakubo CY (2011). Ecosystems and Human Health: A critical approach to ecohealth research and practice. NY: Springer.

    Aron, JL and JA Patz (2001). Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective. Baltimore: JHU Press.

    Osteld, RS, F Keesing, and VT Eviner (2008). Infectious Disease Ecology: Effects of Ecosytems on Disease & of Diseases on Ecosystems. Princeton: PU Press.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: The course will use articles from the journal Ecohealth, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases as well as case studies from Osteld et al. 2008 above and Collinge SK and C Ray (2007). Disease Ecology: Community structure and pathogen dynamics. Oxford OU Press.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Mid-term I Exam = 20%

    Mid-term II Exam = 10%

    Article reviews/presentations 5 X 5% each = 25%

    Course Project = 40%

    Participation/Attendance/Discussion (narrative assessment) = 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Exams, course design project, article reviews and seminar discussions.
  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: Generally, make-up work will not be permitted, except in documented exceptional situations.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Global Health
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Integrated Biology

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