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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6716
Tracking Number - 3069

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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 1/25/13 - for MSMS Conc. Elective; eform completed; in review by GC. GC approved 1/28/13. to SYS 1/28/13. to SCNS 2/4/13. Approved eff 4/1/13. Nmbr 6709 approved as 6716

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-01-11
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber
  6. Phone: 8139749908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6716
  10. Full Title: Neuropsychiatry
  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): Neuropsychiatry
  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: Focuses on an introduction to the field of neuropsychiatry and its role in the evaluation and treatment of various mental disorders associated with the mind and nervous system.

  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 8 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:

    Discussing the principles of integrative neuropsychiatry

    Reviewing the functions, problmes and treatment of brain systems

    Subtyping the various neurological conditions, such as anxiety, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity

    Discussing the application of neuroimaging to neuropsychiatric diagnosis

    Examining the analysis of hormones levels in typical patients.

    Comparing and contrasting the diagnostic value of various laboratory tests

    Discussing various drug-drug and drug-nutrient interactions

    Examining the role of toxins in the brain

    Comparing and contrasting the roles of neurotransmitters

    Discussing appropriate lifestyle interventions

    Comparing the results of different forms of psychotherapy

    Discussing innovative treatments

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

    •Explain the 9 principles of integrative neuropsychiatry

    •Discuss the functions, problems and treatment of 7 brain systems

    •Discuss how to subtype ADD, anxiety, depression, addictions, obesity and aggression based on a brain system approach

    •Explain the practical role of neuroimaging in clinical practice, including indications of when to order

    •Comprehend the role of specific hormones and lab testing in integrative neuropsychiatry

    •Understand drug-drug-nutrient, drug herb interactions

    •Appreciate the role of food in optimizing diet in neuropsychiatry

    •Describe how to work up a toxic brain, including metals, organo-pollutants, viruses, substances

    •Discuss the role of neurotransmitters, genetic testing in dementia, Parkinson’s and neuropsychiatry

    •Describe the rational use of supplements in integrative neuropsychiatry

    •Discuss lifestyle interventions to boost overall mental health and treat mental illnesses

    •Explain the role of various forms of psychotherapy, including hypnosis, cognitive therapy, EMDR and DBT

    •Discss innovative treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, neurofeedback, light therapy and acupuncture

    •Describe specific steps to decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s and related dementias

  31. Major Topics: Course topics include:

    Integrative Neuropsychiatry

    Fundamental Hormones in Neuropsychiatry

    Sex Hormones in Neuropsychiatry

    Drug‐Drug‐Nutrient & Drug Herb Interactions

    Food‐Mood & Optimizing Diet in Neuropsychiatry

    The Rational Use of Supplements in Neuropsychiatry

    Neurotransmitters, Genetics, Dementia & Parkinson’s in Neuropsychiatry

  32. Textbooks: The course features a single recommended textbook that provide expert coverage of the course material:

    •Cummings, J.L. & Mega, M.S., "Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience", Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-0195138580

  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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