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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6722
Tracking Number - 2988

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-01-08
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 12/3 for MSPH - Global Comm Disease Conc. Elective course. GC approved 12/12/12. to Sys 12/12/12. to SCNS 12/20/12. SCNS approved effective 2/1/13 - subm as 6570, approved as 6722. Pre-reqs updated by faculty 1/8/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-10-23
  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: 6722
  10. Full Title: Laboratory Rotations in Global Health Research
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: L - Laboratory
  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): Lab Rotations in GH Res
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: C.I.
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Designed to familiarize MSPH students with ongoing research and laboratories within the Department of Global Health. Students will choose from a list of laboratory-projects rotation options.

  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? 6 students per semester
  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.) Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, Infectious Diseases and related disciplines with experience in conducting and supervising laboratory research
  29. Objectives: MSPH students will complete two laboratory rotations each approximately 7.5 weeks in length (suggested 10 contact hours per week) from the list of laboratory rotation opportunities within the Department of Global Health. It is possible for students to complete three rotations in one semester or two rotations in one laboratory with prior approval from their mentor and laboratory Priciple Investigator (PI).
  30. Learning Outcomes: After completing Laboratory Rotations in Global Health Research,

    1. Students will be able to apply practical laboratory applications and techniques in a real world setting.

    2. Students will become familiar with research in Global Health laboratories.

    3. Students will be able to conceptualize and develop a plan for a thesis.

    4. Students will identify a rotation mentor who will assist them in selecting a Major Professor and committee members for their MSPH thesis committee.

  31. Major Topics: Overview;

    The research project that students will conduct during the Laboratory Rotation Course will depend on the choice of laboratory and the focus topic of the research mentor (PI), which will be selected by the student and the mentor by a matching system. The topics in general focus on Infectious Disease research and will be conducted in the laboratory of the selected faculty members (PI/Mentors) from the Department of Global Health.

    Examples of research topics include:

    1) Topics on drug discovery and mechanisms of drug resistance in protozoan parasites Plasmodium falciparum that causes malaria

    2) Drug Discovery for Pathogenic Amoebae Naegleria fowleri

    3) Transmission of Plasmodium falciparum with mutations in the mitochondrial genome

    4) Biochemistry and pharmacology of potential drug targets in opportunistic microbial pathogens, including protozoan parasites (Leishmania, trypanosomes) and pathogenic fungi (Candida albicans).

    5) Research topics on arthropod borne infectious diseases, ranging from the human filarial infections to arboviruses.

    6) Discovery and evaluation of synthetic and natural antiviral compounds against dengue virus

    7) Development of methods for transporting and analyzing clinical samples for detection of arthropod borne viruses.

    8) Development of an oral vaccine for influenza, arboviruses, dengue and other flaviviruses

    9) Research on how the malaria-related protozoa, Toxoplasma gondii, grows and develops in its human host.

  32. Textbooks: No specific textbook required; students read online materials.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Whether or not there will be assigned reading will be determined by the Laboratory Research Mentor (PI) whose laboratory the students will be rotating in for the designated weeks during the course.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Write-up by Students desribing each rotation is expected to be submitted to both the Course Director and the Research Mentor (PI) of each rotation for the S/U grade.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Write-up: Students will be required to submit a detailed write up of each rotation to both the Course Director and the Research Mentor of each rotation during the week prior to finals week. The write-up should be three to five pages long per rotation (which would be six to 10 pages long if student does 2 rotations in one laboratory) and should candidly detail the studentís experience during the rotation. Grades will not be assigned on the output of their results, but on their understanding of the applications and techniques.

    2. Each rotation opportunity will list a mentor in charge of supervising the student rotation progress. The mentor will provide written feedback to the instructor regarding student progress at the end of the semester. The student will be assessed as having had satisfactory performance by the research mentor when students meet these criteria listed here; 1) demonstrated time commitment of a minimum of 10 hours of laboratory time spent per week, 2) demonstrated effort in learning about the project which can include reading and discussions with the mentor regarding the project, 3) demonstrated satisfactory effort in meeting the specific goals as advised by the mentors to be accomplished by the student during the rotation period, 4) submission of a final report as in item # 1.

    3. Evaluation of the satisfactory grade (S/U) will be made by both the Course Director and Research mentor

  36. Attendance Policy: University 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.

    Course policy;

    Each rotation will last approximately 7.5 weeks. During this time students are expected to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week in the assigned laboratory. Students will not be required to sign in or log hours; the quality of work will be reflected in the write-up and the mentorís written feedback

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Medical emergencies or absence which cannot be avoided should be communicated to the Course Director and Research Mentors at the earliest possible time. However, missed laboratory rotation times can be scheduled in communication with the Course Director and Research Mentors at their convenience within a week to learn and become eligible to submit a report. (Also see Institutional Policies section for Emergency Preparedness for Academic Continuity).
  38. Program This Course Supports: Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
  39. Course Concurrence Information: N/A

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