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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6588
Tracking Number - 5073

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Required - MPH; to GC. Needs Acct #. Emailed 5/10/16. Updated w/Acct# 5/10. Approved 5/12/16. To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. SCNS approved 6600 as 6588 eff 7/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-09-28
  2. Department: Public Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 11000 641200 PUB001
  5. Contact Person: Rita DeBate
  6. Phone: 46683
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6588
  10. Full Title: History & Systems of 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?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): History & Systems
  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: An overview of the public health profession, including core functions and values, essential services, history, current challenges, and US and global public health systems.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  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 incoming MPH students will be required to take the course.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Experience in public health practice and teaching.
  29. Objectives: 1. Examine the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, functions, and leadership roles.

    2. Compare and contrast characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health care system to health care systems in other countries.

    3. Describe legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care

    and public health policy, the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government, and approaches to developing, evaluating, and advocating for public health policies.

    4. Apply effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1.1. Compare and contrast public health, health, population health.

    1.2 Outline key public health events and relate how these events shaped the field of public health, both within the United States and internationally.

    1.3 Examine sentinel events that served as a rationale for the ethical principles in public health.

    1.4 Examine core functions of public health

    1.5 Examine essential services, core values, and major tenets of public health.

    1.6 Explain and identify primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.

    1.7 Summarize basic ethical principles and their applications to public health.

    1.8 Outline the importance of public health leadership in relation to the core

    functions and values of public health.

    1. 9 Discuss the professional practice of public health as a community-based profession.

    2.1 Explain and identify characteristics of public health systems.

    2.2 Explain and identify the main developments and issues in the organization, financing and delivery of health services in the US and worldwide.

    2.3 Examine the Affordable Care Act.

    2.4 Examine the current state of the global health system in addition to key global health concerns.

    3.1 Examine legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy.

    3.2 Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of US government health agencies.

    3.3 Explain the public health information infrastructure and influences of health care informatics in the US.

    3.4 Identify approaches to developing, evaluating, and advocating for public

    health policies.

    4.1 Examine how letters to the editor, press releases, policy briefs, public service announcements, paid political advertisements and social media contribute to the various stages of policy advocacy, development and dissemination.Produce a letter to the editor.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Public Health: Origins, Meaning, and Values

    2. US and Global Public Health Systems

    3. US and Global Health Care Systems

    4. Human Rights and Social Justice

    5. Public Health Leadership

  32. Textbooks: Turnock, Bernard. Public Health: What it is and How it Works, 5th edition
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students will be assessed using the following assessment strategies:

    1. Short writing assignments (30%)

    2. Class participation, including participation in group activities (20%)

    3. Quizzes, including a final exam (40%)

    4. Class attendance (10%)

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  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: Academic Dishonesty And Disruption Of Academic Process

    Students attending USF are awarded degrees in recognition of successful completion of coursework in their chosen fields of study. Each individual is expected to earn his/her degree on the basis of personal effort. Consequently, any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. This cannot be tolerated in the University community and will be punishable, according to the seriousness of the offense, in conformity with this rule.


    Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, web sites, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally known to the public at large, or the form, structure, or style of a secondary source must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Only widely known facts and first-hand thoughts and observations original to the student do not require citations. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one’s own segments or the total of another person’s work.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MPH
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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