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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6380
Tracking Number - 2644

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-14
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): N/A
Comments: to GC 11/30/11. Pending Catalog Copy. Elective. To GC for final ok 4/2/12; to USF Syst for conc 4/5/12; to GC 4/16/12; to SCNS 4/16/12. SCNS appd eff 6/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-10-19
  2. Department:
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Nagwa Dajani
  6. Phone: 8139745724
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6380
  10. Full Title: Medicine and Gender
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  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): Medicine and Gender
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: N/A
  23. Corequisites: N/A
  24. Course Description: This course covers biological differences between men and women in the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and the immune system. Women’s health topics include gestational diabetes, obesity and breast feeding and men's reproductive health.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  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 is part of the core curriculum for both Medicine and Gender graduate certificate and for the Women's Health concentration within the M.S. M.S. Program.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) I have an M.D. and a Ph.D. degrees.

    I have been teaching graduate courses to Masters and Ph.D. students for more than 10 years.

    I have a research program on adult stem cell biology, and teach medical students, residents and fellows on the subject of Medicine and Gender.

  29. Objectives: Introduce the students to the science of gender-specific medicine and the most relevant systems in which it applies. These include the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, the immune system specifically:

    • Learn the current status on gender specific medicine, and gender specific research.

    • Study The female endocrine system, sex hormones, estrogen, and the pituitary endocrine axis, hormone replacement therapy and women’s health initiative.

    • Learn the male endocrine system and health care for men: basic science and clinical research.

    • Understand women’s cardiovascular health issues, regarding Sex-specific differences in normal myocardial anatomy and physiology and in the experiences of some diseases of the cardiovascular system.

    • Know the metabolic disorders, gestational diabetes mellitus, including carbohydrate metabolism in normal pregnant women

    • Understand the components of the immune system in women, psychoneuroimmunology, and Danger signals during pregnancy and the post partum period

    • Compare gender differences in the functional organization of the brain and the central nervous system

    • Know the different aspects of women’s mental health and the impact of gender on psychiatric illness from a public health, clinical, and scientific perspective.

    • Discuss the features of mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and cognitive dysfunction that are specific to women.

    • Know special issues in women’s health, including HIV and Complications, and its impact on women’s health and the immune system.

    • Learn the difference between Embryonic stem cells , Adult stem cells and the Therapeutic potential and the prospective of regenerative therapy.

    • Understand the subject of infertility in humans, their causes, treatment and social implications to couples and society.

    • Introduce students to the resources for gender-specific research and identify the challenges of conducting clinical research in this discipline.

    • Engage the students in debate about the current inclusion of gender-specific medicine in scientific curricula and future perspective on its value in graduate and medical education.

    • Introduce the students to FDA regulations of drug trials, and the implications of differences between pharmacokinetic in males and females.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students should be able to:

    Recognize gender differences in the major organ systems.

    Recognize gender differences in disease symptoms, signs and treatment.

    Engage in debates on about the current inclusion of gender-specific medicine in scientific curricula and future perspective on its value in graduate and medical education.

    Understand major concepts and answer specific questions on specific women's health issues.

    Differentiate between gender specific medicine and reproductive medicine

    Design research experiments that promote knowlege on gender specific medicine

  31. Major Topics: What is Gender medicine?

    The female endocrine system

    The male endocrine system

    Women, Pregnancy and obesity

    Women’s cardiovascular health

    Cardiovascular Disease selected reading

    Metabolic Disorders, gestational diabetes Mellitus

    The Central Nervous System

    Women’s Mental Health

    Special Issues in Women’s Health

    Women and Infection: HIV and Complications

    Stem Cells and regenerative medicine.

    The infertile couple Description:

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Reading material will be posted the instructor or the course director prior to the lecture.

    Online sources include the follwoing website:

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Reading material will be posted the instructor or the course director prior to the lecture.

    Online sources include the follwoing website:

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Learn the reading material before coming to class

    Contribute in class discussion

    Attendance and class participation 10%

    Mid-term exam 45%

    Final exam 45%

  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: Extensions will be given only given due to emergency situations. Students are required to provide appropriate documentation to the instructor before being granted an extension to make up for missed work.
  38. Program This Course Supports: M.S. M.S. concentration in Women's Health. Graduate Certificate in Medicine and Gender
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This course will serve other concentrations on the M.S. M.S. program and as an elective for graduate students in the COM Ph.D. programs. This course is also an elective for students in the Nursing Ph.D. program.

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