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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following addition of the Bachelor of Science Public Health in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on July 8, 2009, and the dean approved the proposed changes on October 5, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 4, 2009, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on November 20, 2009.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on November 10, 2009.


ADDITION OF THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Public Health

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Addition of a new degree in the College of Natural Sciences Changes

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
Begin the Bachelor of Science in Public Health page 535 (approximately), before the Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel and after the Bachelor of Science in Physics.

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The United States and the state of Texas face a workforce crisis in public health. To help meet workforce shortages in our state and nation, the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) proposes to develop a B.S. Degree in Public Health that will 1) prepare graduates for entry level positions in public health and 2) will equip them to pursue certificate and graduate degrees in the field. The degree will offer broad-based training in the five core areas of public health with a choice of six elective concentration areas. Two nationally recognized model programs in public health education have been built at UT Austin in the past five years and there is support for the development of the degree program from local, state, and national public health practice agencies and public health organizations, and from the UT School of Public Health.

Several student populations will be served by the degree including those interested in health careers and in dual degree programs in medicine and public health. The degree will be administered by the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and will be overseen by a Program Coordinator. Students will be advised by the Biological Sciences Advising Center. The degree plan will include pre-requisite science courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics, foundational courses, core courses in public health, and a choice of six elective concentrations. Admission to the program will be via an application process and students must complete pre-requisite coursework (with a 2.75 GPA or better) to apply for the program. Students will be selected by a faculty committee, chaired by the Faculty Advisor of the degree plan. Student cohorts will be facilitated by 1) common courses taken, 2) by participation in Texas Public Health, an undergraduate student organization focused on public health, and 3) by attendance at local and regional public health conferences. The degree plan will be phased in over a three year period and faculty will be recruited to teach new courses from the SBS, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Department of Sociology.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? No, however, seats in select courses in other departments will need to be reserved for these majors. This has been discussed, reviewed and agreed upon with the department chairs.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. The proposed Bachelor of Science in Public Health has been discussed, reviewed, and agreed to by the School of Biological Sciences, Hank Bose, director.
Leanne Field met with John Ivy, chair of kinesiology and health education, on June 26th to initiate a review of the KIN and HED courses on the elective list for the degree. Dr. Ivy recommended that Alex Loukas review the list of courses. Dr. Field met with Dr. Loukas and Keryn Pasch on July 16th. Dr. Loukas suggested removing all of the KIN courses (physiology courses) from the list of Social and Behavioral Science electives because they did not fit under that heading. She recommended including HED 370K as an alternative to the SOC course in the core. After discussing this possibility with the director of the School of Biological Sciences, Hank Bose, the decision was made to keep HED 370K in the elective list. Both Dr. Ivy and Dr. Loukas were notified of this decision by Dr. Field.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain. No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: June 16, 2009
College Approval Date: July 8, 2009
Dean Approval Date: October 5, 2009

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.