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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6482
Tracking Number - 3040

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-10-11
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for 1/14/13; GC approved 1/28/13. to USF Sys 1/28/13; to SCNS 2/5/13. Approved eff 4/1/13. Nmbr changed to 6482 (was 6410) 7/20/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-12-04
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 8139749908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6482
  10. Full Title: Cardiovascular 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): Cardiovascular Health
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the important aspects of maintaining the integrity of cardiovascular function together with developing appropriate therapies to effectively treat various forms of cardiovascular disease.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  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? Metabolic Nutritional Medicine represents a new and evolving discipline in the medical sciences that deals with an integrative and functional medicine approach to healthcare and disease prevention The discipline combines evidence based medicine with new approaches to therapeutics and patient wellness. Nutrition and metabolism represent a critical approaches to understanding and controlling obesity The Metabolic Nutritional Medicine concentration currently has 110 registered students and approx 23 registered for the first course offering.
  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.) All the instructors in the course are M.D., D.O. or Ph.D. or equivalent trained faculty.
  29. Objectives: The course has the following objectives:

    Discuss the pathophysiological effects of dyslipidemia.

    Examine the linkages betwen inflammation, oxidative stress and the role for expanded lipid profiles using LDL and HDL particle size and number in CVD diagnosis.

    Discuss the proper management of lipids to effectively reduce cardiovascular disease.

    Examine the correct analysis of cardiovascular risk factors, mediators and cardiovascular risk scoring using the COSEHC risk analysis methods.

    Review typical cardiovascular disease clinical laboratory results.

    Discuss noninvasive cardiovascular tests such as Carotid IMT and Carotid duplex, ABI, ankle brachial index, CAPWA, ENDOPAT, DTM computerized arterial pulse wave analysis, electron beam tomography, MRI of heart, CT angiograms, brachial artery reactivity.

    Discuss the role of heavy metals in cardiovascular disease.

    Examine patient case presentations to provide detailed insights into CVD management.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    •Discuss, review and apply in clinical practice the pathophysiology of dyslipidemia

    •Discuss, review and apply to patient care nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise and weight management in the treatment of dyslipidemia

    •Discuss and review the clinical presentation and cardiovascular relationships of dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease and CVD

    •Understand, review, discuss, select and apply laboratory testing for dyslipidemia and select appropriate treatment

    •Discuss, review and apply in clinical practice cardiovascular risk factors and mediators, CVD labs and noninvasive CVD testing heavy metals and CVD

    •Discuss, review and apply to patient care nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise and weight management in the treatment of CVD , heavy metals and vascular disease

    •Discuss the clinical presentation and cardiovascular relationships of coronary heart disease, CHF, heavy metals and CVD

    •Discuss, select and apply laboratory testing and new noninvasive diagnostic cardiovascular tests to identify CV disease early and select appropriate treatment

    •Discuss traditional, new and emerging CHD risk factors to prevent and treat CHD and CVD in clinical practice

  31. Major Topics: Integrative Management of Dyslipidemia

    Cardiovascular & Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors & Mediators

    Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Testing & Laboratory Evaluation

    Obesity & Cardiovascular Disease

    Heavy Metals & Cardiovascular Disease

    Periodontal Disease & Coronary Heart Disease

    Cardiovascular Assessment & Treatment Protocols

  32. Textbooks: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease – Grand Central Press – 2012 – Houston, M. –ISBN: 978-1609412548

    What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypertension – Grand Central Publishing - 2003 – Houston, M - ISBN: 978-0446690843

    Handbook of Hypertension – Blackwell and Wiley – 2009 - Houston, M - ISBN: 978-1405182508

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional and appropriate readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The course requires the completion of 3 case study research papers 15% each 45% of grade. Comprehensive midterm exam 23% of grade. Comprehensive final exam 23% of grade. 5 webcasts 9% of grade.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The course requires completion of 4 unit self-assessment quizzes, 3 case studies research papers, a comprehensive midterm exam, a comprehensive final exam and 5 webcasts.
  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: For documented student absences such as for illness, students will be allowed to make up any missing case reports or exams. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity as described in course syllabus.
  38. Program This Course Supports: M.S in Medical Sciences- Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine concentration.
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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