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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6300
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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-09-26
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 8/29/12. For Health Safety & Env. Conc of the MPH/PH program. ppd by GC Chair. To USF Syst 8/31/12. to SCNS 9/14/12. Approved effective 11/1/12. Nmbr 6803 approfed as 6300


Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-06-28
  2. Department: Public Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Steve Mlynarek
  6. Phone: 8139746628
  7. Email: smlynare@health.usf.edu
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6300
  10. Full Title: Principles of Environmental Health
  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): Prin Env Health
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course provides information regarding fundamental topics in environmental and occupational health including air pollution, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, and environmental health law and ethics.

  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? This class will fulfill an elective requirement for the Master of Public Health (Environmental Health Science) Degree.
  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.) Terminal Degree in Environmental Health related field.

    Experience in Environmental Health related field.

  29. Objectives: 1.Describe natural and engineered health, safety and environmental systems and their interrelationships with human activities and human health;

    2.Relate the history of health, safety and environmental health issues to current practices and policies;

    3.Apply technical knowledge and skill for the prevention and/or control of specific health, safety and environmental health problems;

    4.Communicate orally and in writing relevant information concerning health, safety and environmental health issues;

    5.Identify scientific, cultural, political and ethical practices and decisions that may have adverse effects on at-risk human populations or the sensitive ecosystems on each geographical scale;

    6.Decide between alternatives, or strategies, to minimize or alleviate adverse health, safety and environmental impacts;

    7.Interpret published health, safety and environmental health research findings; and

    8.Engage in health, safety, and environmental leadership activities at the community level.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will:

    1. Understand basic chemical properties of air, sources of air pollution, and air pollution control systems.

    2. Understand basic chemical properties of water, sources of water pollution, and water pollution control systems.

    3. Understand concepts related to solid/hazardous wastes, routes of solid/hazardous waste pollution, and solid/hazardous waste control systems.

    4. Understand concepts related to environmental law and policy.

    5. Recognize relevant events related to air pollution, water pollution, solid/hazardous waste pollution, and environmental law and policy through the examination of specific case studies.

    6. Be able to communicate scientific information through a concise report of a selected environmental health issue.

  31. Major Topics: Environmental Toxicology

    Environmental Epidemiology

    Air Quality

    Air Pollution

    Zoonotic and Microbial Agents

    Water Quality

    Water Pollution

    Toxic Metal and Elements

    Pesticides and Other Organic Chemicals

    Solid and Liquid Wastes

    Environmental Policy and Regulation

  32. Textbooks: Friis, Robert H. (2012). Essentials of Environmental Health, 2nd Edition. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Friis, Robert H. (2012). Essentials of Environmental Health, 2nd Edition. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

    USF Blackboard

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Grading Scale

    The Plus/Minus Grading Policy will be utilized for this course. Grades will be assigned as follows:

    97-100 (A+)

    93-96 (A)

    90-92 (A-)

    85-89 (B+)

    80-84 (B)

    75-79 (B-)

    70-74 (C+)

    65-69 (C)

    60-64 (C-)

    Grading Criteria

    Chapter Quizzes (10%)

    Case Study Review Papers (20%)

    Midterm Examination (35%)

    Final Examination (35%)

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Chapter Quizzes: Each assigned chapter will have a corresponding quiz. Answers for the quiz will be derived from assigned chapters, videos, and PowerPoint lessons. Quizzes will include multiple choice and true/false questions.

    2. Case Study Review Papers: Each student will develop a case study review paper for each case study examined. The report should briefly state the issue, how it relates to environmental health, potential solutions to the issue, and conclusions. The report should be no more than 750 words. The report will be due one week after the case study is assigned. Assignments will be graded as follows:

    Introduction and Background of the Issue 25%

    Implications of the Issue 25%

    Recommended Solutions to the Issue 25%

    Conclusions 25%

    Please include references and use an accepted style of documentation for citations.

    3. Exams: A non cumulative Midterm and Final Examination will be administered online.

    Requests for examinations must be made through e-mail in advance of the examination. An acceptable explanation for the request must be included and appropriate documentation may be required. All quizzes and examinations will be completed with one attempt during a 24-hour period through Blackboard.

  36. Attendance Policy: Class is offered online. Students complete assignments withing the designated time period.

    Requests for examinations must be made through e-mail in advance of the examination. An acceptable explanation for the request must be included and appropriate documentation may be required. All quizzes and examinations will be completed with one attempt during a 24-hour period through Blackboard.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Students will be responsible for contacting the instructor if make-up work is required. Documentation may be necessary to support reason for late work submission.

    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:

    http://generalcounsel.usf.edu/regulations/pdfs/regulation-usf3.025.pdf

  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Public Health - Environmental Health Science
  39. Course Concurrence Information: N/A


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