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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6412

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): After reviewing the current Health Disparities course and talking with graduate students who have taken the course, we identified a need to update the content to go beyond describing health disparities, to exploring frameworks and methods for addressing health disparities. Thus, we have updated the course description, objectives, and assessment strategies to reflect more advanced content. The Department Curriculum Committee has reviewed and approved these changes.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5393 2016-02-19
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Community and Family Health PH
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Alicia Best 8139745290

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6412 Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

    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)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0





    Course Description

    This course will critically review social determinants of health, macro-level theories related to health inequity, methodological challenges and approaches to measuring health disparity, and multi-level strategies for addressing health inequity.

  3. Justification

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

    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?

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

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

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Explore the major social science theories as they relate to race, gender, power, and class in the United States, and describe their implications for health disparities research and practice

    2. Develop an understanding of research methodologies often used in health disparities research

    3. Identify methodological challenges in measuring health disparity

    4. Describe and critically assess existing programs and policies designed to eliminate health inequities in US groups

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of proper data collection and research methods as mechanisms for monitoring health disparities, be able to avoid technical pitfalls in interpreting the effects of individual level factors (i.e. race/ethnicity) on health outcomes

    2. Apply macro-level theory to the understanding of health inequities

    3. Describe policy and research recommendations in response health inequities

    C. Major Topics

    D. Textbooks

    There is no required textbook. Readings will be assigned from peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and materials posted on the websites of reputable organizations (e.g., CDC, APHA, WHO).

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Readings will be assigned from peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and materials posted on the websites of reputable organizations (e.g., CDC, APHA, WHO).

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    1. Graded Discussion Posts (15% - Individual Assignment): Students should reply to 3 separate discussion questions throughout the semester related to course readings, media, or case studies by Thursday of the assigned week, and comment on at least two classmates’ posts by Sunday of that week.

    2. Theoretical Perspective Essay (20% - Group Assignment): For this assignment, students must apply a macro-level theoretical perspective to the understanding of a particular health inequity in a health topic of their choosing (pre-approved by the instructor). Essays should include a statement of problem and brief literature review, and must be no longer than 2,000 words.

    3. Mid-Term Exam (20% - Individual Assignment): Topics included in the exam will be reviewed in class. Exam format will be multiple choice, short answer, fill in the blank, and true/false.

    4. Measurement Essay (20% - Group Assignment): Building on the Theoretical Perspective Essay, students will write a 3-page paper critically assessing methodological considerations for their chosen health disparities topic. This paper should include an in-depth description of the health indicators used to measure the disparity, and potential methodological challenges with measuring the disparity.

    5. Solutions Essay (25% - Group Assignment): Building on the Theoretical Perspective and measurement Essays, students should now write a 5-page paper proposing a theory-based multi-level strategy to address their chosen health disparity. Strategies could include programs, policies, educational interventions, etc.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    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

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Required for the DrPH; Required for MPH, Health Education Concentration; Elective for all other graduate public health majors

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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