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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6767

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: updated Faculty Contact 2/23/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5143 2014-11-18
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Global Health PH 640800
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ismael Hoare 8139747162

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6767 Public Health Geographic Information Systems

    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
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Public Health GIS
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    - 0


    PHC 4140 or Consent of Instructor


    Course Description

    This course will prepare student to work with Geographic Information Systems related to Public Health. GIS allows the user to simplify, visualize, analyze, interpret and understand data in a geospatial world to address Public Health concerns.

  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?

    Usually in demand with a cap of 25 students

    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.)

    PhD, MS, MSPH

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Course objectives:

    1. Define GIS and understand its applications in the field of public health.

    2. Obtain a working knowledge of ArcGIS software and its user interface.

    3. Learn how to utilize Google Earth and ArcGIS in tandem.

    4. Learn how to access and downloading satellite imagery, spatial and tabular data.

    5. Prepare, project and visualize satellite imagery, spatial and tabular health data.

    6. Geocode tabular data.

    7. Conduct simple and intermediate spatial analyses.

    8. Transform data using approximate methods in ArcGIS framework.

    9. Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst for demand estimation.

    10. Complete a hands-on project utilizing ArcGIS to resolve a health problem.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1) Completion of ARCGIS 10 desktop training

    2) Find, examine and analyze data/geographic information

    3) Create GIS model presenting data in a geospatial world in an effort to address Public Health concerns

    4) Present and share GIS information with others (poster presentation)

    C. Major Topics

    1) Introduction to GIS and Epidemiology

    2) Landscape analyses

    3) Vegetation and Meteorological Indices

    4) Three Dimensional Modeling

    5) Kriging

    6) Linear regression mapping

    7) Autocorrelation

    8) Bayesian Cartographic Techniques

    9) Work on Final Project/Presentation

    D. Textbooks

    Kristen S. Kurland & Wilpen L. Gorr (2014). GIS Tutorial for Health, 5th Edition, ESRI Press. ISBN: 978-1589483729

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Additional materials will be distributed in class, including journal publications and ArcGIS software.

    Journal papers will be assigned in class.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Assignments 80 points out of 280

    Midterm Exam 100 points out of 280

    Final Exam/Presentation 100 points out of 280

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Assignments - In-class assignments will be assigned each lab day, these must be completed prior to the next class. There are9 in total.

    Midterm Exam - The final exam will consist of short answer and multiple choice questions.

    Final Exam/Presentation - The course will culminate in a final project/presentation that you will deliver before a panel of judges.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Students are required to attend all classes and laboratories. Students are asked to email professor with any schedule conflicts by the second week of class.

    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

    Approval of Course Director

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Global Communicable Disease

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    All Public Health Disciplines



    Other applied sciences

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