Agenda Item FA 16-08

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

Brooks College of Health (Graduate) – (Public Health):

New Courses, Courses Changes, & Program of Study (2 packages)

01/07/16: Passed

01/13/16: Approved

Log Number: 201508-119

Public Health – Graduate  

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program                          
Master of Public Health - Community Health Major


Summary of the Changes:
This request is for changes to course titles and descriptions for the Master of Public Health (MPH)/Health Promotion/Health Ed program of study to align it with other MPH programs in Florida and to reflect language used by the MPH accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health. These changes will also lay the foundation for adding an epidemiology concentration to the MPH degree. The requested changes will not change the total course requirements for the degree (45 credit hours). The requested changes are:
1) change the course number and title of HSC6505 Epidemiology (3 credit hours) to PHC6000 Epidemiology I (3 credit hours)
2) change the title of HSC6603 Theory of Health Behavior (3 credit hours) to Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credit hours)
3) change the course description of PHC6103 Public Health Practice (3 credit hours)


Change an existing course  

Epidemiology  

HSC  

Graduate (6xxx)  

505  

The course number and title of HSC6505 Epidemiology (3 credit hours) needs to be changed to PHC6000 Epidemiology I (3 credit hours) to align the course number and title with similar courses taught in the state university system and to establish the foundation for adding advanced epidemiology courses.

 

Change an existing course  

Theory of Health Behavior  

HSC  

Graduate (6xxx)  

603 

The title of HSC6603 Theory of Health Behavior (3 credits) needs to be changed to HSC6603 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credits) to better align with verbiage used by the Council on Education for Public Health, the accrediting body for the MPH program.

 

Change an existing course  

Public Health Practice  

PHC  

Graduate (6xxx)  

103

The course description for PHC6103 Public Health Practice (3 credit hours) needs to be updated to better align the description with the course objectives and criteria from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the MPH program accrediting body.

New Course Description: 

This course provides an introduction to the field of public health. Students will make local public health contacts in Northeast Florida, become involved at the state level through the Florida Public Health Association, and explore national public health organizations. Students will hone their professional presentation, writing, and research skills, and receive ethics and cross-cultural communication training.

 


Log Number: 201508-120

 Public Health – Graduate

 

Add a new concentration to an existing program                        
Master of Public Health - Community Health Major Epidemiology Concentration 

Summary of the Changes:
This request is to add an Epidemiology concentration to the existing Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The addition of an Epidemiology concentration is in response to feedback from the MPH Advisory Board, the MPH Student Advisory Board, MPH alumni, and community partners. Epidemiology is one of the five core areas of public health outlined by the MPH accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health. The addition of an Epidemiology concentration will not change the total course requirements for the MPH degree (45 credit hours). The Program of Study submitted with this request reflects coursenumber and title changes requested via APC log number 201508-119.
The requested actions are:
1) add an Epidemiology Concentration to the existing Master of Public Health degree
2) add the following five new courses necessary for the Epidemiology Concentration:
1) PHC6xxx Epidemiology II (3 credit hours)
2) PHC6xxx Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
3) PHC6xxx Public Health Biostatistics II (3 credit hours)
4) PHC6xxx Emerging Issues in Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
5) PHC6xxx Global Health Epidemiology (3 credit hours)

Add a new course

Emerging Issues in Epidemiology (3 crs)

PHC

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course focuses on current national and international emerging issues in epidemiology. Leading themes include infectious disease, chronic non-communicable disease, risk behaviors, violence/bioterrorism, mental health, and maternal/child health.

 

Add a new course

Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 crs)

PHC

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course introduces the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities. Methods include definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness. Case studies focus on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases.

 

Add a new course

Public Health Biostatistics II
(3 crs)

PHC

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course focuses on statistical software commonly used in modern biostatistics, providing the basis for further study in epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will provide information concerning software-based descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used in public health research.

 

Add a new course

Epidemiology II (3 crs)

PHC

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course will build upon the knowledge learned in PHC 6000 Epidemiology I to further develop understanding of epidemiological concepts and methods and how to apply them. The practical epidemiological skills learned in this course will prepare students to effectively address challenges that arise in public health research and practice.

 

Add a new course

Global Health Epidemiology
(3 crs)

PHC

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
"HSC6505: Epidemiology"
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course will explore global differences in the distribution and determinants of disease and health, and examine interventions aimed at improving health status. Specific topics of discussion will include the epidemiology of disease in developing countries, rapid growth of urban populations and impacts on disease transmission, refugee health, global tobacco control, and ethical issues in research of disadvantaged populations.