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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6724

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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 5/6/13 for MPH Conc Changes; cleared 7/21/13. no conc. Needed. GC apprvd 7/21/13. Approved. Cleared Syst Concurrence 7/31/13. to SCNS 8/5/13. 6630 approved as 6724 eff 9/1/13


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3077 2013-01-29
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Global Health PH 640800
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Kate Wolfe-Quintero 8139745241 kwolfequ@health.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6724 Synthesizing Public Health Research

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Public Health Research
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    Corequisites

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to interpreting, synthesizing, and making claims about the research in different kinds of public health studies, and citing and referencing the research literature.


  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?

    This course is designed to develop the research writing competencies of the MPH students. MPH students have little experience writing about public health research, but they have to do this extensively in their masters program and in the public health job sector. The CEPH accrediting body for the MPH degree values development of the writing and communication skills of graduate students, and the MPH at USF includes these competencies as part of the degree program. This course supports these learning outcomes.

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

    Yes, 2 times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Interpret the methods, results, statistics, and claims found in public health research articles.

    2. Synthesize public health research results in a literature review format.

    3. Make and justify claims about public health research without plagiarizing.

    4. Find, cite, and reference research sources using APA formatting.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different stakeholders.

    2. Demonstrate research and evaluation skills pertaining to public health issues.

    C. Major Topics

    Public Health Research:

    •HIV/AIDS and Global Health

    •HIV/AIDS and Epidemiology

    •HIV/AIDS and Social Sciences

    Research writing topics:

    •Analyzing a research article

    •Summarizing research results

    •Using APA for citations and references

    •Interpreting study designs

    •Interpreting study statistics

    •Organizing a literature review

    •Finding good sources of information

    •Synthesizing information

    •Making claims without plagiarizing

    D. Textbooks

    A set of journal and online articles accessed by students in the course (see list attached to syllabus).

    A set of PPT lectures accessed by students in the course.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    See the reading list attached to the syllabus (it's too long to submit here). All the articles listed are provided to students through Canvas. They choose three of the topics to read articles from, and share their work with students who are reading in other topics.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    1. Answer questions on interpreting and synthesizing public health research and negotiate the best answers with a group. 45 points

    2. Write and revise three short public health literature review papers and give feedback on group members’ papers. 51 points

    3. Complete group introductions and two questionnaires. 4 points

    Total possible points: 100

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    •Submit pre-questionnaire

    •Introduce yourself on your Collaboration page in Canvas

    •Choose readings on one of these topics: Women and transactional sex; Men who have sex with men, HIV drug resistance

    •Submit answers to individual questions on the readings

    •Negotiate best answers with group via Collaboration session and submit

    •Submit literature review 1

    •Answer feedback questions for each group member’s paper

    •Read feedback on your paper, submit revised literature review 1

    •Choose readings on one of these topics: Mother to child transmission; Adolescent prevention; Adult prevention

    •Submit answers to individual questions on the readings

    •Negotiate best answers with group via Collaboration session and submit

    •Submit literature review 2

    •Answer feedback questions for each group member’s paper

    •Read feedback on your paper, submit revised literature review 2

    •Choose readings on one of these topics: HIV and barriers; HIV and race; HIV and stigma

    •Submit answers to individual questions on the readings

    •Negotiate best answers with group via Collaboration session and submit

    •Submit literature review 3

    •Answer feedback questions for each group member’s paper

    •Read feedback on your paper, submit revised literature review 3

    •Submit post-questionnaire

    H. Attendance Policy

    This is an online course. Attendance is defined as completing each of the assignments on time. Assignments will be made available at least two weeks in advance of their due date.

    USF policy on holidays and religious observances:

    http://generalcounsel.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-10-045.pdf

    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

    Students must complete all required work by the due date, with exceptions made only for proof of hospitalization, family emergency, or religious holiday disclosed to the instructor by the second week of class. For these cases, you will be able to earn the missed points by negotiating a task with the instructor.

    College of Public Health policy on incompletes: http://publichealth.usf.edu/academicaffairs/academic_procedures.html

    Disruption of the academic process and violations of the policies regarding academic integrity will not be tolerated. Review USF policies on Disruption of the Academic Process and the Academic Integrity of Students at:

    http://generalcounsel.usf.edu/regulations/pdfs/regulation-usf3.025.pdf

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Masters in Public Health


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    This course is not required by any degree program, and only services Public Health students.



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