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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6053

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-04-22
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 1/14/13. GC approved 1/28/13. to USF Sys 1/28/13; to SCNS 2/5/13. Approved eff 4/1/13

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3045 2012-12-05
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Deans Office MD 6108-000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Michael J. Barber, D.Phil. 8139749908

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6053 Cancer Prevention

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Cancer Prevention
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Provide a broad understanding of the various sources of cancer and the array of potential prevention modalities and therapeutics.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    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?

    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 12 registered for the first course offering.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 1 time

    D. 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.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course objectives include:

    Discussing the relationship between telomeres, aging and disease and appropriate methods for measuring telomere length.

    Examination of various concepts that focus on different approaches to cancer prevention.

    Examination of nutritional concepts applied to cancer prevention.

    Comparing and contrasting the properties of various ant-cancer foods and their role in cancer prevention.

    Discussion of the properties of different types of radiation and their relationship to cancer incidence and progression.

    Disscuss of the pathophysiology and prevention of breast cancer.

    Identifying cancer origins and how to manage the disease.

    Discussion of the steps in cancer metastasis.

    Examination of an integrative approach to oncology.

    Comparing and contrasting the roles of vitamins in cancer prevention.

    Comparing and contrasting the roles of micronutrients in cancer prevention.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

    •Discuss the role stress plays in the genesis of cancer cells

    •Explain the role that sugar has in feeding cancer cells

    •Recognize the role inflammation plays in the development of cancer

    •Aid the patient in developing an anticancer environment for their body

    •Compare and contrast anticancer foods

    •Discuss the role nutrients have in cancer prevention

    •Discuss the role emotions play in cancer development

    •Explain the value of cancer screening tests

    •Compare and contrast medications that may be related to the development of cancer

    •Identify environmental toxins that may be associated with increasing a patient’s risk of cancer

    •Emphasize nutrients that may aid in decreasing a patient’s risk of cancer development

    •Discuss cancer vaccines

    •Review the studies relating fluoride intake and increase in cancer risk

    •Review the literature concerning alcohol use and the risk of certain cancers

    •Discuss the medical literature related to high intake of some nutrients increasing the risk of cancers

    •Explain that an imbalance of fatty acids in the body may increase the risk of tumor growth

    •Understand that a diet high in omega-6-fatty acids increase estradiol levels which can increase the risk of breast and prostate cancer

    •Recognize the role that cigarette smoking/tobacco use has in increasing the risk of several cancers

    •Evaluate exposure to environmental toxins

    •Discuss the role of radiation exposure as a possible cause of cancer

    •Discuss the molecular mechanisms of aging and its prevention including somatic mutation, telomere loss, mitochondrial damage, formation of free radicals, cell senescence, DNA repair and genome stability, and caloric restriction

    •Examine the epidemiology of the known causes of cancer

    C. Major Topics

    Major course topic include:

    Telomeres, Aging and Disease.

    Concepts in Cancer Prevention – Part 1 & 2.

    Anti-Cancer Foods and Nutrients in Cancer Prevention.

    Understanding the Role of Radiation Exposure.

    Breast Cancer – Is Prevention Possible.

    Cancer Origin and Management.

    Cancer Metastasis and Prevention.

    Principles of Integrative Oncology.

    Mind-Body Medicine and Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

    Vitamin D: Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

    Obesity, Insulin and Cancer.

    Micronutrients and Cancer Prevention.

    Whole Food Diet as a Chemopreventive Strategy – Part 1 & 2.

    D. Textbooks

    Paradee, A. & Stein, G., eds.,"The Biology and Treatment of Cancer: Understanding Cancer". John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2009.

    An additional monograph that may be of value as a reference is:

    Alberts, D.S. & Hess, L.M., eds., "Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention". Springer, 2005.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Additional and appropriate readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard.

    F. 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.

    G. 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.

    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: (

    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

    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.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    M.S in Medical Sciences- Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine concentration.

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