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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6445
Tracking Number - 3079

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to gc 2/4/13 - Elective for MSMS - MMN Conc; GC approved 2/7/13. to USF Sys 2/20/13. to SCNS 2/28/13. Apprd eff 5/1/13. Nmbr 6718 apprd 6445

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-01-31
  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: 6445
  10. Full Title: Integrative Lifestyle Medicine
  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): Integrative Lifestyle Medicine
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course explores the process of patient counseling in lifestyle medicine with topics that include nutritional depletions, the concept of foods as nutrients, vitamins, minerals and herbal therapies and their importance in patient treatments.

  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?
  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: Course objectives include:

    Defining the concept of lifestyle medicine.

    Exploring the fact that many individuals are suffering from health conditions that are completely preventable, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, elevated cholesterol and hypertension.

    Examining how lifestyle medicine bridges the gap between health promotion and conventional medicine, including primary prevention, secondary prevention and tertiary prevention.

    Comparing and contrasting the components of proper diet, adequate exercise and stress reduction in lifestyle medicine.

    Discussing the state of clinical knowledge concerning women’s hormones and their contribution to PMS and PCOS.

    Comparing and contrasting the properties of commonly used herbs.

    Exploing how to encourage patients on the consumption of healthy foods.

    Examining nutrient depletions caused by medications and exercise.

    Exploting new skills in coaching the patient in a comprehensive weight loss program .

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

    •Discuss how to counsel a patient concerning nutritional depletions caused by medications

    •Discuss how to coach a patient on foods as nutrients

    •Compare and contrast different vitamins, minerals, and herbal therapies and their importance in treatment modalities with patients

    •Discuss the importance of hormonal balance in the patient and how to encourage patient understanding

    •Describe which foods help improve energy and inspire creative changes

    •Assemble knowledge on how to recognize food additives

    •Discuss how body, emotions, power, love, mindfulness, intuition and connection are related to health coaching

    •Develop new skills in coaching the patient in a comprehensive weight loss program

  31. Major Topics: Major course topics include:

    What You Must Know about Women's Hormones

    PMS and PCOS

    Introduction to Nutrients


    Eat What You Love

    Nutritional Depletions Caused by Medicine

    Nutritional Depletions Caused by Exercise

    Herbal Therapies

    Commonly Used Herbs

    Lifestyle Interventions

  32. Textbooks: •LaValle, J., "Cracking the Metabolic Code". Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications. 2003.

    •Minich, D., "An A-Z Guide to Food Additives". San Francisco: Conari Press, 2009.

    •Smith, P., "What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More (A Concise Guide to Better Health & Longevity)". Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers, 2008.

    •Smith, P., "What You Must Know About Women’s Hormones: Your Guide to Natural Hormone Treatment for PMS, Menopause, Osteoporosis, PCOS, & More". Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers, 2009.

  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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