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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS7930

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Requesting a permanent course number GMS 6613 for this course offered previously as a Special Topics course.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5399 2016-02-25
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medicine MD HSC61100010000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Patricia Kruk 8139740548

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 7930 Obesity, Hormones and Cancer

    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
    2 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Obesity, Hormones, Cancer
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    L - Blended (1-99% online) 5





    Course Description

    Obesity, Hormones and Cancer is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding about the hormonal basis underlying obesity-associated cancers.

  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 graduate-level course is primarily directed towards students who are enrolled in the Master and Ph.D. programs in biomedical sciences at USF Health and who are focused on future cancer related careers.

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

    Yes, 2 times

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

    PhD, MD or equivalent professional degree.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Obesity is an important health issue and has been projected to take over tobacco as the number one avoidable risk factor for cancers. Hormones play important roles in normal human physiology and diseases including heart diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancers. It has been suggested that hormones are an important link between obesity and cancers. Obesity, Hormones and Cancer is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding about the hormonal basis underlying obesity-associated cancers. Although the course focuses on the connection between obesity and cancer, it will also cover information about other obesity related diseases such as heart disease, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    After the course, students are expected to:

    1. Understand the concept of hormone, obesity and cancers.

    2. Understand how hormones, particularly steroid hormones, regulate tumor development.

    3. Known the important role of hormones, adipokines and inflammation in the development and intervention of obesity associated cancers.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Obesity as a disease – Introduction, epidemic, economic impact

    2. Obesity and cancer: the hormone theory

    3. Hormone and hormone receptors

    4. Estrogen and the nuclear receptor superfamily

    5. Estrogen, obesity and women’s cancers

    6. Vitamin D and cancer prevention in obese women

    7. Obesity, inflammation and cancer

    8. Obesity and prostate cancer

    9. Dietary fat and colon cancer

    10. The microbiome, obesity and cancer

    11. HDACi, microbiome and cancer prevention

    12. Glucose metabolism and cancer: the Warburg effect

    13. Sirtuins, caloric restriction and cancer prevention

    D. Textbooks

    There is no required course textbook.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    The lecture powerpoint presentations represent the course reading materials.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Letter grades (A, B, C, D, and F) will be used. Participation in discussion will represent 30% of the final grade and the final exam will represent 70%. Final course grade will be based on a percentage performance basis for the course using the following grading scale:

    A 92-100 A- 89-91

    B+ 87-88 B 82 – 86 B- 79-81

    C+ 77-78 C 72–76 C- 69-71

    D+ 67-68 D 62-–68 D- 59-61


    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The course will have one final comprehensive on-ground exam at the end of the course.

    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

    Course participants are required to complete the course exams on the dates indicated in the syllabus and the Medical Sciences Masters’ in Anatomy calendar. Alternative dates for examinations are only given due to extreme circumstances, or emergencies. Students are required to provide appropriate documentation to support the claim of an emergency beyond their control, which will be determined acceptable by the course director BEFORE being granted an extension of time to complete an examination. No make-up exams will be scheduled prior to the regular course exams.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS in Medical Sciences concentration in Anatomy

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    PhD in Medical Sciences concentration in Pathology & Cell Biology

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