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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6006
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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-06-14
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: To GC Chair 5/4/12 for MPH Epi Conc. GC apprd 5/15/12. to USF sys 5/15/12. to SCNS 5/23/12. Appd eff 8/1/12. Sub as 6003; Appd as 6006

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-03-20
  2. Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  3. College:
  4. Budget Account Number: 640300-10000-PUB001-0000000
  5. Contact Person: Aurora Sanchez-Anguiano
  6. Phone: 8139746671
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6006
  10. Full Title: Epidemiological Methods in Infectious Diseases
  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): Epi Methods Infectious Disease
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: PHC 6000, PHC 6050 or equivalent, PHC 6002 or CI
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: In depth understanding of the implication of epidemiological methods within the context of infectious disease. Focus will be on the application of methods such as study design, as applied to infectious disease.

  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? High for students interested in epidemiology, infectious diseases, infectious control, medical students, nursing students.
  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.) Physician, nurse or microbiologist.
  29. Objectives: 1.Describe past and current issues in infectious disease epidemiology, and determine areas of needed research in infectious disease epidemiology.

    2.Identify the use of appropriate study design in presenting an epidemiological description of an infectious disease.

    3.Understand of how Geographic Information Systems(GIS) have been used in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, as well as potential future uses of GIS.

    4.Identify the role of vaccination and nutrition within the context of infectious disease.

    5.Analyze the evidence for and against specific public health recommendations for interventions, within the context of a specific infectious disease.

    6.Understand the different surveillance methods currently used in infectious disease epidemiology, and explore how computer surveillance systems are being developed to enhance surveillance.

    7.Learn how mathematical modeling is used in outbreak investigations.

    8.Determine the appropriateness of creating interventions based upon differing transmission methods for infectious diseases.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Epidemiologic Principles and Methods

    1. Describe and discuss the history and theory of epidemiology

    2. Identify, describe and discuss the public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.

    3. Assess, synthesize and critically evaluate epidemiologic scientific literature.

    4. Describe and discuss strengths and limitations of experimental and observational study designs.

    5. Describe and discuss basic epidemiologic principles of infectious and chronic disease research.

    6. Identify and discuss risk factors and their relationships to health outcomes.

    7. Demonstrate proficiency in basic and intermediate epidemiologic methods and principles.

    Data Management and Statistical Method

    8. Demonstrate proficiency in data analysis and appropriate interpretation of results.

    Epidemiologic Practice

    9. Identify and discuss ethical and legal principles in the design, collection, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data and public health research.

    10. Apply epidemiologic knowledge and skills in a public health setting.

    11. Conduct a guided epidemiologic project or critical synthesis of the epidemiologic literature

    12. Synthesize and apply knowledge in the core areas of public health.

  31. Major Topics: History of infectious disease, Overview of study design, terms, infectious disease.

    GIS and Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Diarrheal Diseases.

    Surveillance and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

    Vaccines, Nutrition and infectious Disease.

    Nosocomial Infections.

    Airborne transmission. Epidemiology of acute respiratory infections.

    Vector Borne Diseases/Cultural issues.

    Mathematical Modeling/Blood and Body Fluids.

  32. Textbooks: Kenrad E. Nelson and Carolyn Masters Williams. Infectious Disease Epidemiology Theory and Practice. 2nd edition. Jones and Bartlett Sudbury, MA. ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-2879-3.

    David L. Heymann, MD. (ed). Control of communicable diseases manual. Nineteen edition. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C., 2008. ISBN 978-0-87553-189-2

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: No purchases necessary. They need a computer that have speakers, microphone and camara; with access to the internet.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: STUDENT EXPECTATIONS. Grades depend upon a studentís correct submission of material. Where indicated, you will need to use safe assign for submission of materials. We recognize that there are occasional computer glitches and thus each student is responsible to ensure that his or her materials are submitted according to the requirements. In general, if you wait until the last minute to submit required materials, you run a greater risk of having unresolved technical problems. Specific student responsibilities include the following:

    (1) When you post a comment on a wiki or discussion board, you are responsible to ensure that your comment posted in the correct place. Comments that do not post correctly will not receive credit. If you are unable to post a comment, you MUST notify the professor immediately and at that time e-mail your attempted comment to the professor as well as seek technical assistance from the ETA office.

    (2) When you complete an assignment, you are to be sure that your assignment posted. If you do not see that it was correctly submitted, you must notify the professor within 2 hours of the due date.

    Please remember to look to see when assignments are due. Once the due date passes, your submitted assignment will not be graded. It is recommended that you stay ahead of schedule on the assignments, so if an emergency happens, your assignment will be completed and ready to submit within the designated time frame. It is your responsibility to keep track of the due dates for each assignment.

    REQUIREMENTS-This will be an online class. Classes will be taught in modules with specific due dates in which to complete modular assignments. Students need to manage your time carefully and arrange for adequate participation in discussion boards. Discussion boards are central to this class and it is expected students will actively participate in all discussions. Due dates by which to complete specific activities are included in the schedule. No late assignments will be accepted. This course is divided into eight modules, the majority of which cover 2 weeks of class time. Class participation is expected and measured through the use of a discussion board. Each student will be responsible for the selection of an infectious disease and the completion of assignments relating epidemiological methods to that disease. In addition, there will be other assignments related to the general application of epidemiological methods in infectious disease. Students are expected to complete all assigned readings, watch related videos and taped lectures in a timely manner. Most work will be conducted individually but there may be occasional group assignments. Grading will be based upon discussion posts, assignments, as well as a midterm and final examination.


    A 400-500

    B 300-399

    C 200-299

    D 100-199

    F Less than 100

    Event Number of points Total Points


    Final 100 100 points

    Class blog

    20 points per module 160 points

    Assignments (your disease) 20

    Epidemiology of selected disease (Disease identification and description) 20

    Research proposal 20

    Map (s) for your disease15

    Surveillance report 25

    Vaccination report 25

    Disease modeling 25

    TOTAL 130 points

    Other assignments (* denotes group)

    UNC certificate 15

    Snow outbreak 20

    Nosocomial assignment* 25

    Influenza memo* 25

    Vector borne assignment25

    TOTAL 110 points

    Total 500

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1.Written exercises on specific topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

    2.Participation in group discussion boards.

    3.Participate in a group assignment.

    4.Final Exam/Presentation/Project

  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: Due dates by which to complete specific activities are included in the schedule. No late assignments will be accepted. There will be no make-up exam scheduled without a documented reason.

    Disruption of the academic process and violations of the policies regarding academic integrity will not be tolerated. Review USF policies on Disruption of the Academic Process and the Academic Integrity of Students at:

  38. Program This Course Supports: MPH and Infectious Disease epidemiology certificate
  39. Course Concurrence Information: MPH

    Masters in Public Health Practice.

    Masters in Global Health.

    Medical school or nursing school students.

    Masters and PhDs students in medical Sciences.

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