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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6728
Tracking Number - 2976

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-02-26
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 12/3 for Grad Certificate Trans Research. GC approved 12/12/12 to Sys 12/12/12. to SCNS 12/20. Approved eff 2/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-10-16
  2. Department: Community and Family Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640500
  5. Contact Person: Bruce Lubotsky Levin
  6. Phone: 8139746400
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6728
  10. Full Title: Translational Research Methods in Adolescent Behavioral 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?: N
  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): Trans Res Meth Adol Beh Hlth
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health, or consent of instructor
  23. Corequisites: Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I, or consent of instructor
  24. Course Description: Focuses on research methods and measurement models relevant to translational research, implementation science & the transfer of knowledge from research to practice. Adolescents with co-occurring disorders are a special population of focus.

  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? To design and offer a graduate level course with a specific focus on a variety of issues that are important to adolescent behavioral health and encountered in research in adolescent behavioral health; to advance the field of translational research. A review of existing courses does not reflect a course offered from an interdisciplinary or public health perspective.
  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.) In addition to a PhD, the instructor should have substantial knowledge in behavioral health.
  29. Objectives: Course objectives are to provide students with skills of research and strategies for being culturally competent and career-minded in the mediation, cultivation and development of translational research skills and implementation of evidence-based practices. The course will also address the services and research needs of adolescents with co-occurring disorders as a special population of focus.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will:

    1) identify and describe research methods relevant to translational research and be able to discuss measurement models and skills of research in adolescent behavioral health;

    2) identify core principles of implementation science and the transfer/translation of knowledge from the research setting to clinical practice in adolescent behavioral health;

    3) be able to discuss definitions and terms related to evidence-based practice (EBP), the history and progression of EBP, and the importance of empirically-supported knowledge transfer in adolescent behavioral health;

    4) discuss the importance and need for culturally competent clinical services and research and the development of culturally adapted EBPs in adolescent behavioral health;

    5) identify and describe evidence-based, state of the art assessment and screening protocols for adolescent drug abuse and mental disorders; and

    6) describe ethical principles in clinical services and research in adolescent behavioral health.

  31. Major Topics: Quantitative and qualitative translational research methods and measurement models; skills of research for developing translational researchers; strategies for cultivation and development of translational research and implementation; clinical and administrative knowledge transfer; principles and perspectives on EBP; EBP history, progression and definitions and terms; EBP implementation; evidence-based screening, assessment, and prevention and intervention models for adolescent drug abuse and mental disorders; culturally competent clinical services and research; development of culturally adapted EBPs; importance of race, gender, culture and ethnicity in effectiveness studies; development of policy and practice from implementation research; empirically supported knowledge transfer; ethical principles in translational research; USF IRB and Human Subjects Trial.
  32. Textbooks: None. Students have supplemental online readings.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: TBA. Supplemental readings will be posted on Canvas.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Class Participation: 33%

    Semester Outline and Paper: 33%

    Final Exam: 34%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Students will have 4 weekly assignments (short answer essay) in this 10 week semester course. Answers will be posted on the class discussion board according to an assignment schedule. Students will be required to reply to at least two other students regarding their assignment postings according to the class assignment schedule.

    The final exam will be a take home essay exam. Students will be given one week to complete the final exam essays. Students will submit their essay answers through Safe Assignment.

    Students will also be required to complete a semester paper on a topic relevant to covered coursework in adolescent behavioral health and approved by the course instructor. Students will submit their semester paper through Safe Assignment.

  36. Attendance Policy: Students will be required to meet the first day attendance requirement. Students will also be required to complete weekly readings and 4 written assignments, one every other week of the course, and therefore are expected to log into the class site on Canvas at least weekly. Students will also be required to complete a final essay exam according to the course schedule dates and times.

    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: Canvas, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Canvas 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: Each course assignment, exam, and paper is to be submitted before on on its due date. Late assignments will receive an automatic 10% penalty. Students will submit their semester papers and answers to the final exam through Safe Assignment prior to or no later than the assignment due date.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Core course - Proposed Graduate Certificate in Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health; elective course - MPH Behavioral Health concentration in the Department of Community and Family Health (COPH)
  39. Course Concurrence Information: PhD, DrPH, MSPH, MPH, and MSW/MPH dual degree program in the Department of Community and Family Health (COPH)

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