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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CLP6318
Tracking Number - 2704

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: St. Pete approved. To USF Sys 1/18/12. to SCNS 1/26/12; CNS approved eff 6/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-01-09
  2. Department: Psychology
  3. College: AP
  4. Budget Account Number: 125500
  5. Contact Person: James McHale
  6. Phone: 7278734969
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: CLP
  9. Number: 6318
  10. Full Title: Prevention Science & Health Psychology
  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?: 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): Prevention Sci & Health Psych
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: PSY 6XXX (proposed Research Methods Course)
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Introduction to current theories, research, and practice in prevention science and health behavior research. Evaluation of the contributions of psychology & prevention science to a wide range of evidence-based health promotion & prevention interventions.

  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? USFSP graduates hired to work in agencies providing research, evaluation, and direct services have no educational background in prevention science and health behavior research. There is hence a training gap for Pinellas County that would be addressed by this course. Currently, no existing psychology or health science course offered at USFSP or in the USF System explicitly focuses on prevention and health behavior research, despite the critical need for a workforce capable of understanding principles of prevention and health behavior research and the role of culturally competent provision of research and services.
  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.) Ph.D. or equivalent including at least one year field experience in prevention research and/or health psychology.
  29. Objectives: 1. To promote understanding of the theories and principles of prevention science and health psychology. 2. To promote undertanding of current research in biological, environmental, risk, and protective factors associated with health, mental and behavior outcomes. 3. To promote understanding of the effective intervention strategies in prevention and health behavior research.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Describe theories in prevention science and health psychology to explain behavior at the individual, personal and community/group levels.

    2. Describe the predictors of the health, mental health, or behavior outcomes.

    3. Demonstrate the understanding of cultural competence in prevention science and health disparities research.

    4. Present current evidence regarding biological and environmental promotive, risk and protective factors, and their interactions in the etiology of a health, mental health or behavior problem.

    5. Describe tested, and efficiacious or effective interventions that have been found to affect the outcomes.

  31. Major Topics: Foundation of prevention and health behavior research; models and theories of health behaviors; risk, promotive, and protective factors and processes in adolescent health, mental helth, and behavior; Principles of prevention science; cultural competence in prevention and health behavior research; epidemiological data to guide intervention; Designs for prevention trials; Methodological challenges in prevention science; Prevention interventions based on a stress and coping model; Preventive and health behavior interventions in pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood; Preventive and health behavior interventions during the school years; Preventive and health behavior interventions in adolescence; dissemination of tested and effective preventive interventions.
  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Other articles, policy papers, and online resources will be assigned by the instructor.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students are expected to complete all assigned required readings (supplemental readings are optional, unless the topic is the area of presentation) prior to arriving at class and actively participate in class discussion. Grades are based on weekly 2-page reaction paper (25%); class discussion participation (10%); quizzes (25%); oral presentation (25%); and a term paper (15%). All work must be submitted by posted due dates.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Weekly 2-page assignment (25%). At the beginning of each class, students are expected to turn in a two-page reaction paper, consisting of the following: (a) paragraph summary of at least one of the assigned readings, and (b) your reactions (e.g., analysis of the material presented, evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, questions). The goal of this assignment is to ensure that you are prepared for class discussion. Each paper should be typed and double-spaced.

    Quizzes (25%). Ten (10) quizzes will be administered on Blackboard throughout the semester. Each quiz consists of 10 multiple-choice questions and should be completed in less than 10 minutes. Two lowest quiz scores will be dropped and replaced with the remaining average quiz scores. The quizzes will be available for 3 days after it is announced in class. The questions are based on reading assignments and class discussions. The materials to be covered and due dates will be announced in class.

    Oral Presentation (25%). Each week starting in the 4th week, students individually or in groups (to be determined based on class size) will present on the topics listed below. The presentations will be based on the assigned readings integrating both the required and supplemental reading materials. A detailed instruction for the presentations and a grading rubric will be provided in class.

    Term Paper (15%). Students are expected to complete a 10-page, APA-style paper on the topic chosen for oral presentations. The paper and presentation will be due on the date the topic is being discussed in class. A detailed instruction for this paper assignment and a grading rubric will be provided in class.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė 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 Ė 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. Itís 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: Students are expected to have completed all readings and written work by their assigned date, and be prepared to participate in class discusssions and activities. No late submissions for any assignment will be accepted.

    Members of the University community support high standards of individual conduct and human relations. Responsibility for oneís own conduct and respect for the rights of others are essential conditions for academic and personal freedom within the University. USF St. Petersburg reserves the right to deny admission or refuse enrollment to students whose actions are contrary to the purposes of the University or impair the welfare or freedom of other members of the University community. Disciplinary procedures are followed when a student fails to exercise responsibility in an acceptable manner or commits an offense as outlined in the Student Conduct Code. Refer to USF 6.0021, Student Code of Conduct at

    Academic Integrity of Students Reference: USF Regulation USF 3.027 - The following is the portion of the Regulation pertaining to graduate students. To read the entire regulation, go to:

    Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida systemís (University/USF) commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its University community. Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness. Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of oneís own efforts. Knowledge and maintenance of the academic standards of honesty and integrity as set forth by the University are the responsibility of the entire academic community, including the instructional faculty, staff and students.

    The following policies and procedures apply to all students, instructional faculty and staff who participate in administration of academic classes, programs and research at the University of South Florida. This regulation asserts fairness in that it requires notice to any student accused of a violation of academic integrity and provides a directive for discussion between the instructor and student to seek a fair and equitable resolution. If a fair resolution is not accomplished in this discussion, this regulation allows the student continued rights of due process under the academic grievance procedures based upon the preponderance of the evidence. The policies described below are the only policies and procedures that govern violations of academic integrity at the University and supersede any previous policies or regulations.

    Violations of Academic Integrity: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Behaviors that violate academic integrity are listed below, and are not intended to be all inclusive.

    (a) Cheating, (b) Plagiarism,(C) Fabrication, Forgery and Obstruction,(d) Multiple Submissions, (e) Complicity, (f) Misconduct in Research and Creative Endeavors, (g) Computer Misuse, (h) Misuse of Intellectual Property

    Violations and Sanctions for Graduate Students:

    An F or Zero grade on the subject paper, lab report, etc., An F in the course activity in which credit may be earned, An FF in the course (leading to expulsion from the University, Academic dismissal for any violations of academic dishonesty policies or regulations. Possible revocation of the degree or graduate certificate following a thorough investigation.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Proposed MA in Psychology, USFSP
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