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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6231
Tracking Number - 2985

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-01-08
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Remove PHC 6230 as a prerequisite.
Comments: to GC 12/3 for MPH - Global Disaster Mgmt - Change in pre-reqs only. GC approved 12/17/12; to USF Sys 12/17/12; to SCNS 1/8/13. SCNS approved effective 2/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-10-22
  2. Department: Global Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640800
  5. Contact Person: Azliyati Azizan
  6. Phone: 8139742079
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6231
  10. Full Title: Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Action
  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): Organizing Emerg Human Action
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Topics to be covered in this course include the use of early warning systems, logistics, security of food, safety, assessment and surveillance, epidemiology, malnutrition, feeding programs, water and sanitation, shelter, and communicable diseases.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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 course is the second of four courses required for completion of the graduate certificate in International Humanitarian Assistance and a core requirement for the MPH in Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance.
  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.) PhD and years of experience working with disaster management and humanitarian assistance.
  29. Objectives: 1. Identify the main political, economic, social, environmental, and agricultural trends which may be used to monitor for impending disasters.

    2. Conduct a critical analysis of early warning systems.

    3. Describe the framework and infrastructure necessary at the international and local level to create a rapid response to a humanitarian emergency.

    4. Develop a plan implementing the key elements involved in preparedness planning and responding to a humanitarian emergency.

    5. Design an intervention strategy, using key logistics, which protects humanitarian workers and vital supplies.

    6. Collect and analyze data for key epidemiological indicators in a given population.

    7. Conduct a nutritional survey.

    8. Develop recommendations for carrying out nutritional programs.

    9. Apply environmental health principles to establish a safe water supply and to implement sanitary measures.

    10. Design the layout of a refugee camp.

    11. Apply the principles of vector and pest control in humanitarian emergencies.

    12. Apply communicable disease control principles in humanitarian emergencies.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Conduct a critical analysis of early warning systems.

    Apply environmental health principles to establish a safe water supply and to implement sanitary measures.

  31. Major Topics: Organizing Relief: Responding to Emergencies; Early Warning Systems; Responding to Emergencies; Logistics; Security and Safety Issues; Assessment and Continuing Surveillance; Disaster Epidemiology; International Response; Food Issues and Malnutrition; Water and Sanitation; Shelter; Vector and Pest Control, and Communicable Diseases; Risk Communication and Assessment; Emergency Operation Plans; Measures of Effectiveness.
  32. Textbooks: No specific textbook required; students read online books and articles that are provided electronically
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Cahill, K. M. (Ed.). (2003). Emergency Relief Operations. New York: Fordham University Press.

    Davis, J. & Lambert, R. (2002). Engineering in Emergencies : A Practical Guide for Relief Workers. 2nd ed.. London, UK : Intermediate Technology Development Group.

    Medecins Sans Frontieres. (1997). Refugee Health: An approach to emergency situations. London; MacMillan Education Ltd. Medecins Sans Frontieres. (1995). Nutrition guidelines. Paris: Medecins Sans Frontieres.

    Noji, E. K. (1997). The public health consequences of disasters. New York: Oxford University Press.

    *Perrin, P. (1996). War and public health. Geneva: International Committee of the Red Cross Publications.

    *United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. (2007). Handbook for Emergencies. Geneva: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

    * United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. (1997), Vector and pest control in refugee situations. Geneva: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

    *United States Agency for International Development (USAID). (1998). Field Operations Guide: for disaster assessment and response. Washington DC: USAID.

    *World Food Programme. (2002). Emergency Field Operations Pocketbook. Geneva: United Nations Press.

    *World Health Organization. (1993). Guideline for cholera control. Geneva: World Health Organization.

    *World Health Organization. (1996). Mental health of refugees. Geneva: World Health Organization.

    *World Health Organization. (1998). Treatment of tuberculosis: Guidelines for national programmes. Geneva: World Health Organization.

    *World Health Organization. (1999). Management of severe malnutrition: A manual for physicians and other senior health workers. Geneva: World Health Organization.

    *World Health Organization. (1998). The New Emergency Health Kit 98: Drugs and medical supplies for 10,000 people for approximately 3 months. Geneva: World Health Organization.

    While the number of books may seem excessive for a single graduate course you will find that many of these books are used in other courses and all of the books are classics in the field of humanitarian assistance. Those books proceeded by a star (*) will be provided free of charge on the first day of class. Several of the books above were also used in the “Introduction to Humanitarian Assistance” course.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1. Weekly discussion & activities. Discussion questions or activities will be posted regarding the unit or section topics. Activities may include individual assignments, group assignments or group discussions. These assignments will account for 51% of your final grade.

    2. Prepare a term paper of 15 pages. The topic must be approved by the instructor by week 9. All papers must be in APA style or it will not be accepted (15%).

    3. Prepare a presentation with your group on humanitarian action (10%). Each presentation must be the equivalent of 20 minutes long and each group member must respond to questions from the audience. More information will be provided regarding presentations using an “on-line” format.

    4. Mid-term exam (12%).

    5. Final exam (12%).

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Discussion board, term paper, mid-term and final exams.
  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: 1) No makeup of missed work will be allowed.

    2) Students who anticipate being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the dates to the instructor, in writing, on the second day of classes.

    3) The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to a plagiarism detection tool. Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student’s paper was plagiarized. Cheating on any level will not be tolerated and any student found violating the USF policies for dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism or disruption of academic process will be punished in accordance with USF policies. For more information, please refer to the USF Student Handbook.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MPH- Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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