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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6762

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): We are just requesting a permanent number for this course, currently listed as 6934.
Comments: to GC 4/7/14. Elective for Certificate in Global Health. Approved course number 9/19/14. to SCNS 10/1; to SCNS 10/8 Apprd eff 2/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4943 2014-02-13
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Global Health PH
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Jaime Corvin 8139746690

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6762 Public Health Topics in Global Sustainability

    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?

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    The course will address global health problems from the perspective of a sustainable environment and system. Students will learn how this ecosystem is materialized in goods like water, food, housing, transportation and sanitation, key elements of health.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    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 part of a current certificate program. It has been successfully offered 4 times, with between 4 and 12 students. Enrollment is currently growing as more students enroll in the certificate program.

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

    Yes, 3 or more times

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

    Terminal degree in public health or a related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will be able to identify the drivers of global environment change and its consequences for health. Furthermore, students will gain the skills to propose solutions to keep the health of our population in a global sustainable environment.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Specifically, students will:

    1. Identify the life-sustaining services provided by our planet

    2. Assess how these services are transformed, materialized into tangible goods such as water, energy, air, and food

    3. Explain how these tangible goods influence the health status of our global community.

    4. Propose potential solutions to ensure the sustainability and improve the health of our global community.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Introduction to Global Health and Global Sustainability

    2. Water and Sanitation

    3. Equity and Population

    4. Nutrition

    5. Food Industry

    6. Climate

    7. Change and Spread of Infectious Disease

    8. Sustainable Solutions for Energy Recovery: Technologies including Composting, Anaerobic Digestion, Combustion, Gasification, and Pyrolysis

    9. Sustainable Solutions for Energy Recovery Part II - Substrates including Food Waste, Animal Waste and Agricultural Residues

    10. BioRecycling/BioEnergy Research and Training Station (BBRATS)

    11. Elemental Approach to the Energy/Water/Food/Waste/ Health Nexus

    12. Oceans

    13. Air

    14. Global Sustainable Assessment Strategies

    D. Textbooks

    Jacobsen Kathryn (2014). Introduction to Global Health. Jones and Barnet Publishers. ISBN 13:978-0-7637-5159-3

    Levine Ruth ( 2007). Case Studies in Global Health: Millions Saved. Jones and Barnet Publishers. 13: 978-0-7637-4620-9

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Student Expectations:

    All students are expected to read all course materials, attend class, perform all class activities, meet all course requirements, and complete all assignments and examinations within defined dates.

    No late assignments are accepted.

    Course work:

    Mid-term – 25%

    Final Exam - 25%

    Essay - 20%

    Assignments 30%

    Grading Scale:

    A = 90-100

    B = 80-89.9

    C = 70-79.9

    D = 60-69.9

    F =

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Mid-term – 25%

    Final Exam - 25%

    Essay - 20%

    There will be a 10-page essay relate to a sustainable public health intervention that addresses a global health problem. Papers should be double spaced typed, containing at least 10 references.

    Assignments 30%

    There will be case study/assignments per each session. In the case studies, each assignment will consist in a set of short essay questions (one paragraph answer) related with the case study:

    - What principles of sustainability are reflected in this case? Provide examples of these principles.

    - How can this health problem affect the social and economic development of a nation? How did the intervention change this situation?

    - In your opinion, how sustainable and robust is the intervention?

    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. 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

    No late assignments are accepted.

    Plagiarism will not be tolerated and is grounds for failure. Review USF Academic Dishonesty and Disruption of Academic Process Policy at:



    J. Program This Course Supports

    Water, Health , and Sustainability (Graduate Certificate in Global Heatlh)

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Global Health: Global Communicable Disease Concentration

    Global Health: Global Health Practice Concentration

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