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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6443
Tracking Number - 2868

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-08-29
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC chair 5/4/12 for MSMS Metabolic conc. GC approved 5/15/12. to USF 5/15/12. to SCNS 5/23/12. Appd eff 8/1/12. Subm as 6458; appd as 6443

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-04-10
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 9749908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6443
  10. Full Title: Promoting Organizational Wellness
  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): Promoting Wellness
  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: Designed to provide an introduction to methods to establish integrative weight loss, obesity and wellness programs at various types of institutions as an integral and effective support component for long term patient compliance in weight management.

  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 and patient wellness. Nutrition and metabolism represent a critical approaches to understanding and controlling obesity The Metabolic Nutritional Medicine concentration currently has 106 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., D.O. or Ph.D. or equivalent trained faculty.
  29. Objectives: The course has the following objectives:

    •Examining why do traditional weight loss programs have an 80% failure rate and approaches to overcome the limitations?

    •Discussing what level of compliance do people really have to traditional weight loss plans and the results?

    •Discussing Restraint Theory & examining how recent research predicts dietary sabotage?

    •Comparing and contrasting the various primary reasons for self-sabotage of a weight loss plan?

    •Discussing the concept of 'motivation' & why the amount of dietary self-discipline required is a marker of failure in various weight loss plans?

    •Identifiying and discussing what changes in weight management are required if individuals are to effectively lose weight?

    •Discussing how clinicians identify foods to avoid the problems that follow from dietary deprivation?

    •Examing the value of different types of support group activities in promoting and maintaining weight loss programs for long term therapy.

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

    •Describe the main components of a structured supportive health and wellness program

    •Discuss the principles encompassing the 8 circles of health and healing model

    •Compare and contrast various approaches to enhance group motivation

    •Identify specific important health numbers to measure in patients

    •Describe specific steps in helping people effect behavior change

    •Discuss specific steps to enhance decision making skills

    •Discuss the impact of ADD, anxiety, depression and addiction on group function

    •Identify specific behaviors to avoid for effective health maintenance

    •Identify specific health actions to implement for effective patient wellness

    •Discuss four questions to aid optimal mental health

    •Discuss methods to implement the wellness program’s principles during travel

    •Discuss four methods to influence loved ones and members of the community to engage in a wellness program

  31. Major Topics: Course topics include:

    The Daniel Plan at Saddleback Church

    Health as a Spiritual Discipline

    Overcoming the Objections and Obstacles

    Identifying Important Health Numbers

    Brain Health is a Competitive Advantage

    The Impact of ADD, Anxiety, Depression & Addiction on Group Function

    Boosting Decision Making Skills & Decreasing Cravings

    Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANT) Therapy

    Using Food as Medicine

    Targeted Nutritional Supplements

    Taking the Program on the Road

    Anchoring the New Organizational Habits & Preventing Relapse

  32. Textbooks: The course features two suggested textbooks that provides expert coverage of the course material:

    Amen, D.G., “The Amen Solution: The Brain Healthy Way to Get Thinner, Smarter, Happier” Three Rivers Press, 2011.

    ISBN-13: 978-0307463616

    In addition, recommended textbooks that provide additional reference material include:

    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: The course requires the completion of 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 self-assessment quizzes, 3 case studies research papers, a comprehensive midterm exam, a comprehensive final exam and 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- Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine concentration
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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