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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6037

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: recd. Pending Catalog Copy. Fac emailed 2/1/12. Elective. To GC 3/5/12. Appd. Need course #. To GC 3/19; USF Sys 3/19; to SCNS 3/27. SCNS appd eff 6/1/12. Sub PHC 6519; appd PHC 6037


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2657 2011-11-03
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Global Health PH 640800
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Alberto van Olphen 8139748794 avanolphen@health.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6037 Public Health Virology

    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)
    Public Health Virology
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    Corequisites

    Course Description

    A lecture-based course that fosters class participation, critical thinking and literature review. The focus of this course is on human diseases caused by viral infections, with emphasis on diseases of public health importance. There are no restrictions.


  3. Justification

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

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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?

    This course will be required in the Tropical Diseases Track and Certificate program that will be offered in Global Health

    This is the only Virology course on campus that systematically teaches viral infectious diseases with emphasis on public health.

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

    Yes, 2 times

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

    PhD microbiology or related area


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Recognize and describe the natural history of disease-causing viruses of major public health concern, as well as the disease processes and clinical manifestations caused by those infectious organisms.

    2. Describe the most salient characteristics of human viruses, including structure, replication, life cycle, epidemiology, organ system target affected.

    3. Identify and describe the appropriate diagnosis, epidemiology, geographic distribution, surveillance, control, treatment and prevention of viral diseases.

    4. Identify and describe the natural human defenses, the appropriate use of diagnostic techniques and serological surveillance, and the role of preventive interventions and treatments such as vaccines and drugs against viral diseases;

    5. Identify the cultural, social, and economic factors that contribute to the incidence and prevalence, as well as the transmission, control, treatment, and prevention of viral disease;

    6. Analyze data collected through epidemiologic studies and interpret the findings;

    7. Apply principles of immunology, molecular biology and other essential biological sciences disciplines in the laboratory settings for research and the diagnosis, surveillance, control, treatment, and prevention of viral diseases

    8. Have a thorough understanding of factors such as biology, ecology and dynamics affect transmission of specific viral diseases, including arthropod born.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Recognize and describe the natural history of disease-causing parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms of major public health concern, as well as the disease processes and clinical manifestations caused by those infectious organisms;

    2. Identify and describe the appropriate diagnosis, epidemiology, surveillance, control, treatment and prevention of communicable diseases;

    3. Identify and describe the natural human defenses, the appropriate use of diagnostic techniques and serological surveillance, and the role of preventive interventions and treatments such as vaccines and antibiotics against communicable diseases;

    4. Identify the cultural, social, and economic factors that contribute to the incidence and prevalence, as well as the transmission, control, treatment, and prevention of communicable disease;

    5. Analyze data collected through epidemiologic studies and interpret the findings;

    6. Design programs for the surveillance and control of communicable diseases. Identify the public health conditions and problems related to the surveillance and control of communicable diseases in developing countries;

    7. Apply principles of immunology, molecular biology and other essential biological sciences disciplines in the laboratory settings for research and the diagnosis, surveillance, control, treatment, and prevention of communicable diseases; and

    8. Present information about communicable diseases to other members of health-related professions and to members of the public in a professional and effective manner.

    9. Have a thorough understanding of factors such as biology, ecology and dynamics of arthropod vector populations that affect transmission of specific communicable diseases such as malaria and dengue

    10. Recognize the roles of the laboratory in the Public Health system and have a thorough understanding of the complexity and inter-connectivity of all levels of laboratory services

    C. Major Topics

    Topics covered include the biology, geographical distribution, sources of infections, life cycles, route(s) of transmission, clinical disease, and control/preventive measures.

    D. Textbooks

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Virology Journals:

    The journals listed below are a good source of articles for the required literature reviews. You are not restricted to those listed below; you may use any peer-reviewed journal as the source for written literature reviews. Full access to these and many other journals are available via the USF Blackboard libraries link.

    Virology

    The Journal of Virology

    Virus Research

    Vaccine

    Journal Virological Methods

    Journal of General Virology

    Virology Journal

    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

    Emerging Infectious Diseases

    Journal of Wildlife Diseases

    Medical and Veterinary Entomology

    Microbes and Infection

    PLoS Pathogens

    Infection and Immunity

    Journal of Immunology

    Antiviral Research

    Clinical Infectious Disease

    New England Journal of Medicine

    Archives of Virology

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    To keep up with information you should consider studying the materials on a regular basis rather to attempt to learn everything in a single study session. Memorization of virus names, families and viral properties as well as disease characteristics, biology and other concepts will be required and expected.

    Percentage of the grade assigned to each assessment tool:

    Midterm exam ……….…..30%

    Final exam…………….….35%

    Lit Review #1……………..10%

    Lit Review #2……………..10%

    Lit Review #3……………..10%

    Special assignments…….5%

    Total……………………..100%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    1. Midterm (30%) and final exams (35%). The format is multiple choice

    Exam Instructions for the written mid term exam and final exam

    Students please seat one per each set of two table forming two single columns from the front to the back of the room.

    The topics included in this exam are taken from the Chapters of the Human Virology book by Collier and Oxford, Third edition and power point presentation use in class and available in Black Board.

    Grading:

    The exam consists of 35 multiple choice questions. You must answer 30 correctly to receive full credit (100 points). Each correct answer is worth 3.33 points. If you have more than 30 correct answers you will receive bonus points (3.33 points for every correct answer above 30) Example: If you answer 31 correctly you will get 103.33 points. There is no penalty for incorrect answer choices. This is done mostly to compensate for questions that maybe poorly design and to avoid complains in this regard.

    The maximum amount of time per exam is 90 minutes. Students that arrive late will be allowed to take the exam, but will have less time to complete the exam.

    Taking the exam instructions

    Read the questions and choices carefully as some of the prompts may ask you to select the which otion is correct or which one is incorrect.

    In some cases there maybe choices that look possible are possible but you must choose the selection that best fits the prompt.

    You must circle the letter corresponding to the correct answers using a ball-pen (no pencil).

    If you make a change in your original selection, simply cross the incorrect selection and make a circle around the new selection. If this is not done clearly you run the risk of loosing the points.

    Exam questions examples:

    These are the basic two types of questions that you will see in the exam.

    1) Which type of Variola major is the most serious?

    A. hemorrhagic

    B. malignant

    C. vaccine modified

    D. ordinary

    2) A young patient comes to the clinic with concerns about eruptive lesions around his lips. He indicates that he has had this kind of lesions before. After anamnesis and careful examination and appropriate testing the physician explains to the patient that he has a Herpes Simplex Virus infection and may suffer of this type of lesions periodically. He explains that current antiviral treatment may help reduce the intensity and frequency of eruptions, but that unfortunately there is no treatment to completely cure him of the infection. He further explains that this infection follows a pattern known as:

    A. Chronic persistent infection

    B. latent infection

    C. acute infection with complications

    D. subclinical infection

    E. slow progressing infection

    The exam will be hard consequently study hard to pass!

    2. Literature Reviews: (30%, 10% each review)

    Guidelines:

    Each student must read an article from a peer-reviewed scientific journal and prepare a written review. In your own words provide a synopsis of the study in one to three paragraphs and highlight the strengths and/or weaknesses. In the final paragraph give your assessment as to the significance of the results.

    Format:

    The format of the written review should be as follows:

    1. Student name and date in the upper right corner

    2. Provide the reference in the exact format used in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (see the Guideline for Authors http://aac.asm.org/cgi/content/full/51/1/1#References or the sample reviews)

    3. Provide a synopsis, strengths and weaknesses of the article in one to three paragraphs.

    4. In the final paragraph provide your assessment of the significance of the study and its results.

    Assignment Dates:

    Each student is assigned three literature reviews for the semester. The due dates are listed below and in the course syllabus:

    Literature review #1 (10%) – February

    Literature review #2 (10%) – March

    Literature review #3 (10%) – April

    Submission of reviews:

    Students may submit the completed assignments by posting the document in the USF Blackboard Digital Drop Box, by sending an e-mail with attachment to the instructor, or by turning in a hard copy in class. Please note reviews are due no later than midnight of the assigned date; three points per day will be deducted for late assignments.

    Grades:

    The maximum score for a literature review is 10 points. Points will be deducted for using an incorrect reference format, incorrect spelling or formatting, poor content, and tardy reports. Literature reviews should be submitted no later than midnight of the due date. Three points will be deducted from the grade for each day the report is late. The Literature Reviews account for 10% of the final grade for the course.

    Hints:

    Initially you will find it easier to summarize and report on short succinct articles or reports on a single or related group of studies. You should avoid ‘review’ articles as they usually are too broad in scope and not easy to summarize. Browse a few journals for subjects of interest to you on VIROLOGY of public health importance. Please note it is proper to use the past tense when describing published data (i.e., “their results were conclusive”).

    Virology Journals:

    The journals listed below are a good source of articles for the required literature reviews. You are not restricted to those listed below; you may use any peer-reviewed journal as the source for written literature reviews. Full access to these and many other journals are available via the USF Blackboard libraries link.

    Virology

    The Journal of Virology

    Virus Research

    Vaccine

    Journal Virological Methods

    Journal of General Virology

    Virology Journal

    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

    Emerging Infectious Diseases

    Journal of Wildlife Diseases

    Medical and Veterinary Entomology

    Microbes and Infection

    PLoS Pathogens

    Infection and Immunity

    Journal of Immunology

    Antiviral Research

    Clinical Infectious Disease

    New England Journal of Medicine

    Archives of Virology

    3. Special assignments (5%)

    These assignments are design to put in practice concepts presented in lectures.

    Identification of examples of epidemiological definitions, prevention and control strategies, disease presentation, differential diagnosis.

    Grading is based on completion, accuracy and timely turn-in of the assignment.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Although attendance will not be taken, students are responsible for all material covered in lectures and labs. Students must notify the instructor well in advance for any planned absences, especially for written exams and lab practicals. In the event of an unexpected emergency or illness, please notify the instructor as soon as practical if you will miss an exam. Make up exams may be oral or include oral portion!!!

    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,

    http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/ogc%20web/currentreg.htm)

    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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)

    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

    Work turn in late will miss 20% of the grade value per week of delay.

    Students must notify the instructor well in advance for any planned absences, especially for written exams and lab practicals. In the event of an unexpected emergency or illness, please notify the instructor as soon as practical if you will miss an exam. Make up exams may be oral or include oral portion!!!

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Communicable Diseases, Tropical diseases Track and Certificate


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Graduate programs in Medicine, public health, environmental health, nursing,



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