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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6457
Tracking Number - 2804

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-14
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 4/2/12; to USF Syst 4/5/12; to GC 4/16/12; to SCNS 4/16/12. SCNS appd eff 6/1/12. Number 6449 appd as 6457

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-02-28
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 8139749908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6457
  10. Full Title: Integrative Weight Management
  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): Integrative Weight Management
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Detailed examination of the genetic, metabolic, nutritional and environmental factors associated with weight gain and obesity and appropriate therapies used to treat obesity.

  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? Metabolic Nutritional Medicine represents a new and evolving discipline in the medical sciences that deals with an integrative and functional medicine approach to healthcare and disease prevention The discipline combines evidence based medicine with new approaches to therapeutics. Integrative weight management represents a critical approach to understanding and controlling obesity The Metabolic Nutritional Medicine concentration currently has 110 registered students and approx 30 registered for the first course offering.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) All the instructors in the course are M.D., Ph.D. or combined doctoral degree faculty.
  29. Objectives: The course has the following objectives:

    Discuss the relationship between inflammation, stress, hormonal changes and weight gain and obesity.

    Examine the incidence and causes of weight gain and obesity in children together with the effects of insulin resistance.

    Discuss the new field of immunoinflammation and the resulting diseases.

    Examine factors regulating gastrointestinal health and how changes in gut function related to obesity.

    Examine the concepts of energy medicine and the effects of ionizing radiation of physiology.

    Compare and contrast various obesity models.

    Examine the epidemiology of obesity.

    Discuss pathophysiological changes in obesity.

    Identify appropriate and effective treatments for obesity and related diseases.

    Compare and contrast the effects of weight loss in various patient populations.

    Discuss the role of lectins in the diet.

    Compare and contrast the properties of various weight-loss plans.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    •Recognize and understand the prevalence of adult obesity and the risk factors involved

    •Discuss the biochemistry of protein, fat and carbohydrate catabolism

    •Describe the various nutritional plans available to help patients lose weight including Very Low Calorie Deficit (VLCD) and LCD programs. When to use which approach and why

    •Discuss the use of ketosis to achieve successful weight loss along with the risks and benefits of programs such as HCG diets

    •Describe which specialty testing to recommend for digestive issues/analysis and how to apply the appropriate therapies for weight loss success

    •Discuss the unique relationship between adrenal dysfunction /stress with hormonal imbalance and weight gain plus weight loss plateaus

    •Describe the relationship between male weight gain and testosterone deficiency, testing and treating

    •Compare and contrast the clinical manifestations of hypothyroidism in relationship to weight gain with the appropriate compounded thyroid medications

    •Discuss inflammation barriers to weight loss and treatment utilizing food allergy testing, elimination and rotational diets

    •Discuss the mechanisms of hunger and satiety and their biochemical signals

    •Explain eating disorders such as Binge Eating and Night Eating Disorder and how to treat these patients

    •Comprehend the effects of sleep disorders and weight gain, plus which testing can be utilized depending upon specific issues

    •Utilize nutritional testing to provide for deficiency replacement

    •Utilize metabolic analysis both during the active weight loss phase and for maintenance

    •Apply the energy psychology for both weight loss and maintenance with the application of sports and fitness

    •Advise patients on testing such as Body Composition Analysis, Resting Energy Expenditure and VO2 Max Analysis to differentiate your practice from generic weight loss clinics

    •Utilize various specialties such as acupuncture and cognitive hypnotherapy plus motivational behavior therapy for weight loss and weight maintenance

    •Discuss how to approach and reduce lapses and relapses which lead to regaining weight

    •Review metabolic blockages and the ability to clear metabolic burning in the body

  31. Major Topics: Course topics include:

    Inflammation, Stress, Hormones and Obesity

    Obesity & Insulin Resistance in Children & Teens

    Metabolic Disease Driven by Immuno-Inflammation

    Gastrointestinal Health & Obesity

    Energy Medicine & Metabolism

    The Obesity Model - Making Sense of the Obesity Statistics

    Understanding Obesity

    The Obesity Contagion Theory: Is Weight Gain Caused by Infection

    Farming & Obesity in the US

    The Steps for Effective Treatment of Obesity & Its Comorbidities

    Weight Loss in the Young Versus the Elderly, Is It the Same

    Lectin-Induced Obesity

    Diets that Really Work for Weight Loss

    So You've Lost Weight, Now What?

  32. Textbooks: Smith, P., “Why You Can't Lose Weight: Why It’s So Hard to Shed Pounds and What You Can Do About It”. Square One Publishers, 2011.ISBN-13: 978-0757003127

    Tano, B., "Hormone Imbalance Syndrome: America’s Silent Plague". Integrative Medical Press, 2012.

    ISBN-13: 978-0983419204

    Ahima, R.S. (ed.), “Metabolic Basis of Obesity”. Springer, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-1441916068

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional and appropriate readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 3 case studies research papers 15% each 45% of grade Comprehensive midterm exam 23% of grade Comprehensive final exam 23% of grade 5 webcasts 9% of grade.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The course requires completion of 4 unit quizzes self assessments, 3 case studies research papers, Comprehensive midterm exam, Comprehensive final exam, 5 webcasts.
  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: For documented student absences such as for illness students will be allowed to make up any missing case reports or exams Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity as described in course syllabus.
  38. Program This Course Supports: M.S in Medical Sciences
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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