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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Proposed changes to Bachelor of Science, Public health Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college approved the changes on August 18 and September 1, 2011, and the dean on September 26, 2011. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 14, 2011, 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 UT System.

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 January 26, 2012.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 19, 2012.



Proposed changes to Bachelor of Science, Public health Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  B.S. Public Health


IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
 
  1. Add honors option as part of the Dean's Scholars Honors Program.
  2. Increase the required number of upper-division hours in residence from 18 to 21.
  3. Update degree requirements for coursework common to the public health options.
    3.b.: Remove BIO 326R as a choice. Change BIO 126L to 226L to reflect course inventory change.
    3.c.: Remove NTR 306 as a choice.
    4.a.: Remove “and public health informatics.”
  4. Expand course choices in nine-hour specialization in option I.
  5. Add an advanced program to award a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.
  6. Options I and III: amend the statement following the biology requirement.


Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.

 

Pages 565-567


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
  1. There is student interest in an honors option for the public health degree. Addition this option will not decrease the number of students pursuing public health from other degrees; rather, it will provide a rigorous experience for students who are already interested in public health.
  2. The change is intended to strengthen the overall degree. In line with the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. Students are better served with the content of BIO 326M. BIO 226L better reflects the content currently in BIO 126L.
  4. Course options are added to provide choices for student within their specializations.
  5. Public health professionals are badly needed in Texas, the US, and globally. The addition of an advanced program provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to take graduate classes in public health and to have these classes be credited toward their MPH degree with the UT School of Public Health. This should attract highly motivated students, provide advanced instruction in public health, and accelerate progress toward leadership positions in public health. This option may also be attractive to those interested in obtaining an MD degree, so that they can enter their MD program with public health training and an MPH.
  6. Amend the statement to clarify that the suite of biology courses is required for both upper-division biology and upper-division public health courses.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
 

No


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
 

 


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?

  No

If yes, explain:
 

 

 


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

If yes, explain:
 

 



COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: (1-3) April 21, 2011;
(4-5) August 18, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: (1-3) August 18, 2011;
(4-5) September 1, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 26, 2011

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