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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC7932
Tracking Number - 3138

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13 for DrPh Changes. Text, concurrence. Faculty emailed; to GC; Apprd 12/10/13; To USF Sys 2/4/14, to SCNS 2/12/14. Approved effective 4/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-03-22
  2. Department: Community and Family Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: HSC 10000 640400 PUB001
  5. Contact Person: Rita DeBate
  6. Phone: 8139746683
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 7932
  10. Full Title: Practical Applications I: Policy, Advocacy, and Public Health
  11. Credit Hours: 1
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  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): Practical Applications I
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: This seminar course is designed to engage current public health practitioners in discussions and critical thinking activities that build skills for influencing health policy and program decision-making.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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? All DrPH students will be required to take this course
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Experience with health policy
  29. Objectives: 1.Present positions on health issues, law, and policy in multiple sectors

    2.Analyze the impact of legislation, judicial opinions, regulations, and policies on population health.

    3.Influence health policy and program decision making based on scientific evidence, stakeholder input and public opinion data

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, students should be able to:

    1.Identify a policy issue relevant to population health

    2.Prepare an issue brief succinctly summarizing the issue and possible approaches to resolving the issue

    3.Define a position on a policy issue and argue persuasively for that position, in writing and/or verbally

  31. Major Topics: Course Outline and Assignments:

    Session 1: Overview of core concepts in health policy and law


    Understanding the role of and conceptualizing health policy and law

    Public policymaking structure and practice


    Identify a public policy issue that will be the subject of a policy brief and presentation

    Session 2: The public health system and policy development/Role of law


    Law and the legal system

    Public health systems and institutions and policy development

    Session 3: Making your case: Writing a policy brief


    The art of structuring and writing a health policy analysis


    Prepare draft of policy brief

    Session 4: Did you make your case? Critiquing the policy brief

    Readings: To be assigned


    Final draft of policy brief

    Session 5: Making your case orally: Comprehensiveness versus brevity


    Verbal presentation by each student of policy brief, in an allotment of time assigned by the instructor

  32. Textbooks: Public Health Policy: Issues, Theories, and Advocacy. 2013.

    Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya. Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-1-118-16435-8

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: TBD
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1. Paper= 50 points (50%)

    2. Classroom discussion= 20 points (20%)

    3. Oral presentation=30 points (30%)

    The course uses the grading scale established by the University and assigns grades based on the assessment strategies described in the syllabus

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Students will be assessed via the following:

    1. A brief paper identifying a policy issue relevant to population health, which addresses alternative approaches to the issue as well as advocating for a position with substantiating arguments: 50 points

    2. Classroom discussion which will be assessed by student familiarity with assigned readings and ability to apply the information in class, as well as responses to the positions advocated by others: 20 points

    3. Oral presentation of issue brief in which the student advocates for a particular position on the policy issue discussed in the brief paper. The presentation will be assessed for clarity, ability to present a position within the time allotted, and organization of her or his arguments: 30 points

  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. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: 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:

  38. Program This Course Supports: DrPH
  39. Course Concurrence Information: PhD public health, MHA

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