Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PAS6021
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Approved by SCNS
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 1/14/13. for MA in P.A.; GC approved 1/28/13. to USF Sys 1/28/13; to SCNS 2/5/13. Approved eff 4/1/13. Nbr 6025 approved as 6021
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 3008 2012-11-26 Department College Budget Account Number Graduate School MD HSC-10009-611600-000000-0000000 Contact Person Phone Larry Collins 813-396-9424 email@example.com
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title PAS 6021 Epidemiology and Public Health Is the course title variable? N Is a permit required for registration? N Are the credit hours variable? N Is this course repeatable? If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 2 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) - Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) EPI & PUBLIC HEALTH Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100
Comprehensive course examining the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describing population health.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
B. 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?
Consistent with other Physician Assistant Degree Programs
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
PA, MD, PhD, ARNP, MSW
- Other Course Information
1. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
2. Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
3. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
4. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
5. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
6. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
7. Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
8. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
9. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
10. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
B. Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
• List practical applications of epidemiology in our society.
• Understand the primary objectives and applications of descriptive epidemiology.
• Identify databases used in epidemiology.
• Articulate data interpretation issues in epidemiologic practice.
• Describe how screening for diseases in communities is accomplished.
• Articulate the epidemiology of infectious and chronic diseases.
• Recognize and describe health and safety hazards in the environment and workplace.
• Define and use correctly the measures of morbidity and mortality used in this field.
• Explain the use of various study designs in the field of epidemiology.
• Compare and contrast exposure-disease associations.
• Define the significance of molecular and genetic factors in epidemiological data and research.
• Compare and contrast psychological, behavioral, and social factors involved in the study of epidemiology.
C. Major Topics
• Foundations of Epidemiology
• Descriptive Epidemiology
• Data Sources
• Study Designs/Experimental Designs/Clinical Trials
• Dynamic behavior of disease
• Usage of rates, ratios and proportions
• Methods of direct and indirect adjustment
• Clinical life table
• Measures of Effect/Disease Causation
• Data Interpretation/Validity and Reliability
• Screening for Disease/Disease Surveillance
• Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
• Workplace and the Environment
• Molecular/Genetic/Psychological/Behavioral/Social Epidemiology
Kleinbaum, David G., Kevin M. Sullivan, and Nancy D. Barker. A Pocket Guide to Epidemiology. New York: Springer, 2007.
Designing Clinical Research: An Epidemiologic Approach, 3rd Edition Ebooks Download. .
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
Participation and Group discussion (20%)
Weekly small group discussions provide an opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions regarding your understanding of the material, and your particular perspective, critical analyses, concern, agreement, and disagreement of aspects of the assigned activities or readings. All group participants will create 2 short answer questions (with full responses/1 page type written) based on key concepts, issues of interest and critical analyses of assigned weekly readings.
Mid-term exam (40%)
Short answer and multiple choice questions based on class room discussion, lecture notes, and readings up to midterm.
Final exam (40%)
Short answer and multiple choice questions based on class room discussion, lecture notes, and readings for the term.
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
Midterm and final exams
H. 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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
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.
I. Policy on Make-up Work
Didactic Attendance Policies
Students are encouraged to attend all scheduled hours of instruction. Mandatory sessions and participation requirements are listed on the final page of this syllabus. Recognizing that situations arise which require students to miss time from course responsibilities, the procedures presented below will be followed when absence is necessary.
1. Religious Observances
All students, faculty and staff at the University of South Florida have a right to expect that the University will reasonably accommodate their religious observances, practices and beliefs. Students are expected to attend classes and take examinations as determined by the University. The University will attempt, at the beginning of each academic term, to provide written notice of the class schedule and formal examination periods. The University, through its faculty, will make every attempt to schedule required classes and examinations in view of customarily observed religious holidays of those religious groups or communities comprising the University’s constituency. Any student who believes that he/she has been treated unfairly with regard to the above should contact the Office of Student Affairs.
a. Emergencies for Personal Illness, Family Illness, etc.
The student must contact both the Course Directors by e-mail or telephone and Student Affairs by e-mail or telephone to report his/her absenteeism on the first day of being absent. He/she should indicate the nature of the emergency or unexpected illness. The student must also complete and submit the Absence Report Form. Specifics on planned and unplanned absences, as well as unexcused absences, are listed below.
b. Exam Attendance Procedures
Students are expected to attend all scheduled hours of instruction. However, attendance at all examinations is mandatory, and all students should take the examinations on the day and time scheduled.
Absence for attendance at a professional meeting or other educational or research related activity should be submitted for approval to the Course Directors at least 6 weeks prior to the event. Each request for absence will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Personal travel plans should not be considered valid excuses for missing an exam.
To receive an excused, planned absence, the student must submit a completed Exam Absence Request form to the Course Directors. A copy of the written request must also be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible before the exam occurs. The Course Directors or designee will make the final determination to grant or deny the request and will inform the Office of Student Affairs of the decision. The Office of Student Affairs will subsequently notify the student and the Office of Educational Affairs.
If the student has an unanticipated, unplanned absence on the day of an exam, he/she must contact Student Affairs by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the exam. When the student returns to school he/she must fill out and sign the Absence Report form. Documentation for the absence to be excused (e.g. physician’s note, accident report, etc.) will be at the discretion of the OSA.
Students who miss an examination for any reason are required to contact the Office of Educational Affairs (974-2435) prior to returning to class to determine the date and time of the make-up examination. Dates and times of make-up examinations are determined by the Program Director in consultation with Course Directors.
In general, make-up examinations must be taken within 48 hours of the original examination date. If a student’s absence from an examination is unexcused, the grade recorded for the exam will be the student’s actual score or 69, whichever is lower, and will not include a group score. A second unexcused absence will result in a grade of “0” and action taken by the Academic Performance Review Committee (APRC) regarding professionalism.
3. Mandatory Course-Specific Events
In addition to examinations, the following are all considered mandatory events:
b. Small group conferences
c. Problem-solving sessions
d. Team Based Learning sessions
e. Large group/Active Learning sessions
In general, in order to be excused from one of these events, the same procedure for examinations is followed. The student must first directly contact the Course Directors with a copy of the request to Student Affairs. The Absence Request form should be completed and given to the Course Directors as soon as possible for planned absences. The Course Directors will make the determination to grant or deny a request in addition to any required remediation.
An unanticipated absence on the day of an event requires notification of the Course Directors and Student Affairs. Upon returning to campus, the Absence Report form should be completed and given to the Course Directors. The Course Directors will make the determination to grant or deny the absence in addition to any required remediation.
Students who miss course-specific mandatory events are expected to acquire the same level of competency as other students involved in the course. Therefore, students with an excused absence may be assigned work to complete by the Course Directors in order to remediate. In the case of an unexcused absence the Course Directors may assign a “0” or no credit for the missed work and/or require other remediation at their discretion. Multiple absences, or a prolonged absence, could result in failure of the course or a grade of “Incomplete”, at the discretion of the Course Directors. In any event all absences for course-specific mandatory events and the outcome should be reported to the OSA by the Course Directors.
Sign-in sheets will be used for laboratories, case studies and group discussion conferences to determine attendance (Sign-in sheets WILL NOT be used for lectures). Signing an attendance roster when you didn’t attend or arrive late to a lab, or signing the roster for another student is considered an unprofessional act and a violation of the honor code.
J. Program This Course Supports
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