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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6522

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-10-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change in Title, prerequisites, and course description. Also, remove from 5 year discontinuation list to make it accessible.
Comments: to GC 5/6/13 for MPH - Reactivate Course. Concurrence noted from CON, Anthro. Back to chair. GC apprd 8/5/13. to USF Sys. To SCNS 8/23/13. Approved eff 10/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3076 2013-01-29
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Community and Family Health PH
    Contact Person Phone Email
    L. P. Mercer 8139749981

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6522 Nutrition in Health and Disease

    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
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Nutrition in Health
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100



    Course Description

    Overview of nutrients required for health, regulatory mechanisms influencing requirements and metabolism in growth, reproduction, disease, senescence, psychological and sociological implications, and the coming impacts of genomic (personal) nutrition.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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?

    Most requested by COPH students. Also, change in Health Care in the United states highlights Nutrition in preventative medicine.

    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.)

    SACS 18 hour rule for credentialing (Nutrition in this case)OR exception

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    In addition to meeting the learning outcomes (see below) this course supports the following MCH competency:

    Utilize cultural competence and social justice concepts, community partnership development, and ethical standards in practice.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    l. Explain the role of nutrition in the maintenance of physical and mental well-being on a cellular, body, individual, family and societal level.

    2. Identify functions, properties, human requirements, food sources, and interrelationships with other nutrients, current states of knowledge and current human problems of specific nutrients or groups of nutrients.

    3. Evaluate nutritional adequacy of individual food consumption using common methods of dietary description and analysis.

    4. Explain the physiology of digestion, absorption, metabolism and excretion of food and nutrients.

    5. Differentiate between nutritional needs at different stages in human growth and development.

    6. Evaluate food beliefs, food and nutrition fads and advertisements based on the principles of nutrition.

    7. Apply ethics of nutrition supplies and their distribution to global issues to promote Public Health.

    8. Differentiate between evidence based outcomes and anecdotal presentations.

    C. Major Topics

    Food Choices and Human Health

    Nutritional Tools/Guidelines

    The Remarkable Body



    Proteins and Amino Acids


    Water, and Minerals,

    Energy Balance and Healthy Weight

    Nutrients and Physical Fitness

    Diet and health

    Food Safety

    Lifecycle: Mother and Infant

    Child, teen and Older Adult

    Hunger and the Global Environment

    D. Textbooks


    Understanding Nutrition, 13th Edition

    Eleanor Noss Whitney Sharon Rady Rolfes

    ISBN-13: 9781133587521

    928 Pages 2013 Published

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Healthy People

    Lifecycle Nutrition: Disease

    Journal of the American College of Nutrition

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    CDC National Center for Health Statistics

    Trust for America’s Health

    Food Guide Pyramid

    American Dietetics Association

    American Society for Nutrition

    Center for Science in the Public Interest

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Grading criteria

    Activity Percent of Grade Maximum Points

    Exam 1 20 100

    Exam 2 20 100

    Exam 3 20 100

    Final 30 150

    Personal diet analysis 5 25

    Semester project 5 25

    TOTALS 100 500

    Bonus paper 25 (added to Total)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Activity Percent of Grade Maximum Points

    Exam 1 20 100

    Exam 2 20 100

    Exam 3 20 100

    Final 30 150

    Personal diet analysis 5 25

    Semester project 5 25

    TOTALS 100 500

    Bonus paper 25 (added to Total)

    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

    Academic Dishonesty

    Plagiarism is defined as "literary theft" and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally known to the public at large, must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one's own, segments or the total of another person's work.

    Punishment for academic dishonesty will depend on the seriousness of the offense and may include receipt of an "F" with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the "F" shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of F or FF (the latter indicating academic dishonesty) in the course.

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service ( which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to, or 3) ask students to submit their assignments to through myUSF. Assignments are compared automatically with a database of journal articles, web articles and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student's paper was plagiarized. For more information about SafeAssignment and plagiarism, go to and click on Plagiarism Resources. More information about plagiarism can be found in the USF Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs.

    Grade Dispute/Grievance

    The student must first make a reasonable effort to resolve his or her grade dispute or grievance with the instructor concerned, with the date of the incident triggering the dispute/grievance clearly identified (i.e., the issuance of a grade; the receipt of an assignment). The instructor will accommodate a reasonable request to discuss the grade or incident in question and will attempt to resolve the issue.

    If the situation cannot be resolved or the instructor does not respond to the student’s attempts to contact the instructor, the student will file a notification letter within three weeks of the triggering incident to the Department Chair. This should be a concise written statement of particulars and must include information pertaining to how, in the student’s opinion, University policies or procedures were violated. The Department Chair will provide a copy of this statement to the instructor, and to the Dean of Public Health. Grade disputes or issues that have not been identified by the student within 21 days of the triggering incident will not be considered.

    If the situation cannot be resolved at the Department, the College of Public Health’s Academic Affairs will guide the student through the College-level process. Additional information on the academic grievance process can be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    College of Public Health, Community and Family Health, Health Education

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Anthropology, Nursing, other Health Sciences

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