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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6462

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-01-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13 for DrPh Changes. Need text, conc. Faculty emailed 5/9/13. Text completed. Conc. Recd CON, COM. Reviewed. Desc too long. Faculty emailed 8/5/13. To Chair. Approved 3/5/14. To USF Sys 3/19. to SCNS 3/27/14. #6801 Appd as 6462 eff 1/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3129 2013-03-13
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Community and Family Health PH CFH = HSC 10000 640500 PUB001
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Rita DeBate 8139746683

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6462 Cultural Competency in Public Health Practice

    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
    2 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    An overview of the knowledge and skills needed to work in multicultural environments and apply the principles of cultural competency. Designed to critically examine this construct by incorporating anthropological perspectives and techniques.

  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?

    All DrPH students will be required to take this course

    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.)

    Training in cultural competency

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1.Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in ethical discourse and analysis

    2.Implement culturally and linguistically appropriate programs, services and research

    3.Develop collaborative partnerships with communities, policy makers, and other relevant groups

    4.Conduct community-based participatory intervention and research projects

    5.Engage communities in creating evidence-informed, culturally competent programs

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this course, students should be able to:

    1.Understand the concept of culture as a fluid, dynamic, adaptive and shared process.

    2.Identify communication tools and strategies for eliciting patients/clients explanatory models of illness and beliefs about health and wellness.

    3.Articulate the role of reflection and self-assessment of cultural humility in ongoing professional growth by recognizing and questioning their own assumptions and biases.

    4.Describe the elements of effective cross-cultural communication with patients/clients/communities, peers and colleagues.

    5.Describe and critically discuss the concept and principles of cultural competency

    6.Describe the role of community engagement in public health program development, implementation and evaluation.

    7.Identify approaches that can be used to culturally adapt evidence-based interventions and promising practices.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Anthropological Perspectives: Defining Culture and Looking Beyond One-Size Fits All

    2. Biomedicine and Lay Understandings of Health and Illness: Understanding the Culture of Public Health and Biomedicine

    3. History and Principles of Cultural Competency

    4. Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health; Understanding the Demographics of the Populations We Serve

    5. Institutional and Policy Considerations: Legal, Regulatory, and Accreditation Issues

    6. Cultural Competency Vs. Cultural Humility

    7. Reflection, Self-Assessment and the Lifelong Learning Model

    8. Cross-Cultural Communication: Interpersonal, Linguistic, and Literacy Considerations

    9. Qualitative Approaches and Cultural Adaptation of Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions

    10. Building Partnerships and Community Engagement: Getting to Know and Working With Community

    D. Textbooks

    Perez and Ramirez (Editors) (2008) Cultural Competence in Health Education and Health Promotion. San Francisco, California, Jossey-Bass ISBN: 10:0787986364

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Additional readings will be PDF documents posted within the Weekly Lectures folder in Canvas. They are also accessible under Course Information, in the folder named Supplementary Readings.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students will be assessed via the following:


    Assignments are to be turned in by the start of class on their due date. Please turn in assignments at the beginning of class.


    1.Two Reflection Essays = 20% (10% Each)

    2.Case Study = 10%

    3.Review and Critique A Cultural Competency Educational Resource/Website = 15%


    4.Exam 1 = 22%

    5.Exam 2 = 22%


    6.Completion of Mid-Course Evaluation = .5%

    7.Completion of Final Course Evaluation = .5%

    Class Participation:

    8.Class participation = 10%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Assignments are to be turned in by the start of class on their due date. Please turn in assignments at the beginning of class.


    1.Two Reflection Essays = 20% (10% Each)

    2.Case Study = 10%

    3.Review and Critique A Cultural Competency Educational Resource/Website = 15%


    4.Exam 1 = 22%

    5.Exam 2 = 22%

    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. Its 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 can expect their assignments to be graded and grades to be posted on Canvas within approximately 2 weeks.


    Late assignments will not be graded and will instead receive a grade of zero. The instructor is not responsible for technology failures related to your own equipment or for lack of proper planning. Anticipate that some problems will arise, and plan to complete the assignment early to avoid missing the deadline. You will receive NO CREDIT FOR LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

    COPH policy:

    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:

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Nursing, medicine

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