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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6235
Tracking Number - 5158

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: PH: Global Dis Mgmt and Hum Relif. Required. GC approved pending revision to LO. Emailed 10/12/15. LO uptd. Approved 1/27/16. To USF Sys for Conc. 3/11/16; to SCNS 3/21/16. Approved eff 4/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-01-07
  2. Department: Global Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640800
  5. Contact Person: Michael Gonzalez (Was wayne w westhoff)
  6. Phone: 8139746621
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6235
  10. Full Title: Critical infrastructure protection for public health concepts
  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): Infrastructure protection
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: The content exposes: 1) HS Presidential Directives 7 and 63, 2) critical infrastructures and key resources, 3) public-private partnerships, and 4) vulnerability analysis and risk analysis/reduction.

  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? This course is one of five additional courses added to the Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief concentration for an MPH degree. It will also add to the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security which has not been taught for about five years due to a lack of courses.
  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.) A doctorate degree in public health, public administration, education or a related field plus training or experience of no less than one year in disaster management or homeland security in the public, private or military arena.
  29. Objectives: • Describe the various critical infrastructure sectors.

    • Describe various local and national key resources.

    • Describe the challenges associated with protecting critical resources.

    • Describe methods that can be used to protect critical infrastructure sectors.

    • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the concept vulnerability analysis.

    • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the concept risk assessment.

    • Describe the use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify points of vulnerability within a community's critical infrastructure.

    • Describe various protection strategies to reduce critical infrastructure points of vulnerability.

    • Describe the interoperability points of various critical infrastructures.

    • Describe methods that can be used to protect against cascading effects of interdependent critical infrastructure sectors.

    • Prepare a policy paper related to the vulnerability and recommended protection strategy of a sector that is of interest to them.

  31. Major Topics: • The National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets.

    • Implementing Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Initiatives.

    • Organizing and Partnering for Critical Infrastructure and Key Asset Protection.

    • The National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

    • The Critical Infrastructure Sectors that can Impact Public Health (Water, Agriculture and Food, Power and Energy, Telecommunications, Transportation, Internet).

  32. Textbooks: • Lewis, T. (2006). Critical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security: Defending a Networked Nation. Can buy at:

    • The National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets: Located on the disc that comes with the Lewis, T. (2006). Critical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security: Defending a Networked Nation, or it can be downloaded for free at

    • Perrow, C. (2012). The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Courses. These courses can be found for free at:

    • IS-860.b National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

    • IS-921.a Implementing Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 1. Weekly Discussions & Activities: Throughout the course, assignments, activities and/or discussion questions will be posted regarding the topic area. These activities will be posted under the Modules link for each Section and may include individual assignments, group assignments and/or group discussions. To be prepared for discussions and activities, you should complete the reading assignments listed for each section. Do NOT wait until the last day to be involved in your group discussions! Group discussion questions will account for 20% of your final grade.

    2. Prepare a Policy Paper related to the protection of a critical infrastructure sector that is of interest to you. The instructor must approve the topic no later than the 8th week of class. The paper will account for 15% of your final grade.

    3. Take two FEMA Independent Study Courses. All courses can be found at: After reading the material for the FEMA courses the students will meet in their groups to discuss and evaluate, in writing, the course material (2% per FEMA course completion and 3% per group discussion participation for a total of 10%). Be sure to take the FEMA course early in the week, preferably on Sunday, so that you can effectively communicate and participate within your group structure. The group summary should provide an overview of the course material and the strengths and weaknesses of the information provided. The group summary Must be submitted by the due date in the Discussions link under the Group Summary Submissions tab.

    4. Quizzes (25%).

    5. Final Exam (25%).

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Grade GPA Score Grade GPA Score

    A+ 4.0 97-100 C 2.00 73-76

    A 4.0 93-96 C- 1.67 70-72

    A- 3.67 90-92 D+ 1.33 67-69

    B+ 3.33 87-89 D 1.00 63-66

    B 3.00 83-86 D- 0.67 60-62

    B- 2.67 80-82 F 0.00 59 and lower

    C+ 2.33 77-79

  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: No make-up work without documentation of health, illness or family death. Refer to USF policy on academic integrity.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security

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