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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6108
Tracking Number - 4790

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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: Elective for MPH; to Chair. Approved 3/5/14. To USF Sys 3/19. to SCNS 3/27/14. Appd eff 1/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-07-31
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640100
  5. Contact Person: Deanna Wathington
  6. Phone: 3969935
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6108
  10. Full Title: Foundations of Public Health
  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?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Foundations of Public Health
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course provides the student with an introduction to public health, the public health system, and the role of the public health professional and the pharmacist as it relates to Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives.

  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? This is a required course in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and serves as an introductory course in Public Health programs.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) In addition to a PhD the instuctor should have substantial knowledge of Public Health.
  29. Objectives: 1. Understand and trace the value of public health as a profession and the development of the public health system in the United States.

    2. Describe public health as a system, the role of the core functions and essential public health services.

    3. Identify commonly used measures of health status and major trends in health status over the past century.

    4. Identify and describe the social, environmental and structural determinants of health.

    5. Understand the concepts of health equity and social justice as they impact population health.

    6. Describe the role of epidemiological and bio-statistical principles in the assessment and monitoring of health status as well as disease prevention and control.

    7. Understand and evaluate health and medical services especially as they relate to population- based and clinical preventive service components.

    8. Discuss the legal and ethical foundation for public health in the US and understand how public health responsibilities are structured at the federal, state and local levels

    9. List and evaluate selected tools of disease control and health promotion including interventions such as vaccinations, screenings, counseling and education, environment-occupational, legal and policy approaches as well as the roles of health communications

    10. Determine the intersection of public health and pharmacy and describe how these are translated into pharmacy practice.

    11. Identify and describe challenges facing the field of public health and issues impacting the public health workforce in the 21st century.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Investigate, determine, and address socio-ecological factors that affect the health of a community.

    a. Apply the study of patterns of death, disease, and disability to the prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary) of health issues.

    b. Apply statistical reasoning and methods to address, analyze, and solve problems in public health.

    c. Apply principles of risk assessment, communication, and management in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity

    d. Apply the principles of systems thinking to program planning, implementation, and evaluation in organizational, community, and policy initiatives.

    e. Apply principles of evidence-based public health to assessment and prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary) of public health issues.

    f. Integrate into public health practice strategies responsive to diverse cultural values and traditions of priority populations.

    2. Apply public health ethical principles.

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

    4. Demonstrate leadership and professionalism in public health practice.

  31. Major Topics: • Population Health

    • Relationship between Public Health and Pharmacy

    • The Public Health System

    • Law, Government and Public Health: An effective trinity?

    • Why is Public Health Controversial?

    • Determinants of Health

    • Health Equity

    • Introduction to Biostatistics

    • Introduction to Epidemiology

    • Ethics and Public Health

    • Chronic Disease, Genetic Diseases and Infectious Disease

    • Health and Behavioral Issues

    • Global Health- From Pandemics to Drug Resistance: An Intersection of Public Health, Pharmacy and Medical Care

    • Environmental Issues in Public Health

  32. Textbooks: Recommended: Bruce L Levin, Peter D Hurd and Ardis Hanson. Introduction to Public Health in Pharmacy.2008. Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett. ISBN 978-0-7637-3539-5.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Required materials supplied in class.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The following grading scale will be utilized in this course

    Letter Grade Grade Points

    A 4.00

    B 3.00

    C 2.00

    D 1.00

    F 0.00

    The final grade in this course will be determined according to the following criteria

    • 20% Individual Assignments

    • 20% Attendance and class participation/contribution to discussions

    • 20% Written Group Project

    • 20% Group Presentation

    • 20% Peer Evaluation

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1) Written Group Project

    2) Peer Evaluation

    3) Individual Assignments: Four written assignments worth 5 points each. Students will use various assigned references including FLORIDA CHARTS to complete these assignments. Due the week (Tuesday) after they are assigned.

    a) Public Health System in Florida

    b) Demographics, Determinants of Health and Health Status

    c) Chronic and Infectious Disease Profiles

    d) Antibiotics and the Public

    4) Group Oral Presentations

    5) Attendance and Participation: Attendance is an important component of this seminar. This assessment is worth 10 points. Students must attend every class session or be formally excused to earn ALL 10 points.

    Participation during in-class exercises and discussion is vital to this course. This assessment is worth 10 points for FULL participation.

  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: Late assignments will not be accepted. A documented emergency is the only situation where this policy will be waived. It is recommended that you stay ahead of schedule on the assignments, so if an emergency occurs, your assignment will be completed and submitted within the designated time frame. Technical difficulties cannot be used to justify late assignments.

    No extra credit is available in this course. Please refer to the grading rubric.

    Refer to the COPH catalog, University policy and SOP Student Handbook for additional details about grades and academic progression.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) and Master of Public Health (MPH)
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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