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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS PUBLIC HEALTH DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Dean Linda A. Hicke in the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Natural Sciences section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The department, the college faculty, and the dean approved the changes on September 25, 2013, September 25, 2013, and September 30, 2013, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 11, 2013, 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 Facultyby January 17, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS PUBLIC HEALTH DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Type of Change:
x
Academic Change

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 AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE: pp. 500-503.
1. Introductory paragraph
Change “the degree” to “Option I”
Rationale: Clarify that six concentrations are degree requirements in Option I only.
2. Introductory paragraph
Remove School of Biological Sciences and add Department of Molecular Biosciences
Rationale: The School of Biological Sciences has been disbanded and the BS Public Health degree is now overseen by the Department of Molecular Biosciences.
3. Option I, 2a
Replace BIO 328M with SDS 328M
Rationale: BIO 328M, Biostatistics, will be offered as SDS 328M, Biostatistics.
4. Option I, 7; Option 2, 7; Option 3, 7
Replace CH 369 with BCH 369
Rationale: With reorganization, biochemistry courses will now be offered under biochemistry field of study.
5. Option I, 8a
Add BIO 353 as an alternative to BIO 337 (Topic:  Intro to Health Informatics); CS 313E, 327E, and specify acceptable CS 329E topic; add M 408M, 378K, and SDS 332; add BIO
Rationale: BIO 337 topic given its own course number, BIO 353. Adding these relevant courses will give students more options for fulfilling this concentration area.
6. Option I, 8b
Remove BME 301, BIO 337 (Emerging Infectious Disease), and 478T, and GEO 307. Remove GRG 356T and replace with GRG 344K. Add BIO 373, 373L; MNS 320; GRG 307C; and URB 315
Rationale: BIO 478T, BME 301, GEO 307 are deleted from course inventory or are no longer offered. Correcting error in 2012-14 catalog–Emerging Infectious Diseases is added instead to concentration 8..d (as BIO 327D).  GRG 356T topic Global Food, Farming, and Hunger, now has its own permanent course number, GRG 344K. Adding BIO 373, 373L, MNS 320, GRG 307C, and URB 315 will give students more options for fulfilling this concentration area.
7. Option I, 8c
Remove BDP 329, ECO 330T, GOV 335N, GOV 365N, and PA 310S, 330C, 330S. Specify topics for GOV 357M, GOV 370L, and PA 325. Allow either PHL 325L or 325M to count toward specialization but not both. Add HS 320 and 330. Add restrictive statements that ECO 304K, ECO 304L, GOV 358, MAN 320F, and SOC 354K may count toward only one requirement.
Rationale: BDP 329 is being deleted from course inventory. Enrollment in GOV 335N, 365N, and PA 310S, 330C, and 330S is difficult for non-majors. ECO 330T hasn’t been offered since 2008. Listing approved topic titles for topics course numbers will make it easier for students to find the appropriate courses for enrollment. Health and Society is a new field of study/degree plan in the College of Liberal Arts. HS 320 and 330 are appropriate to the Health Policy and Management concentration. ECO 304K, ECO 304L, GOV 358, MAN 320F, and SOC 354K are course choices listed under the foundation course requirements. Students may count these courses toward the foundations or specialization requirements, but not toward both.
8. Option I, 8d
Remove BIO 329 and 129L, 337 topics (Genomics and Proteomics in Human Infectious Disease Research and Virulence Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogens). Add BIO 327D (formerly Emerging Infectious Disease). Add BIO 336. Allow BIO 349 or 360K, but not both.
Rationale: BIO 329, 129L, and 337 topics are no longer taught. Relocate BIO 327D to the appropriate concentration. BIO 336 is a tumor biology course that fits this specialization. BIO 347 and 360K are both immunology courses and cover similar material; it is appropriate for only one course to count toward the specialization.
9. Option I, 8e
Allow both NTR 315 and 331 to count toward requirement. Add NTR 337. Specify acceptable topics in NTR 365 (Topic 1 and Topic 4). Remove 355H.
Rationale: Counting both NTR 315 and 331 will correct previous catalog error. Addition of NTR 337 will provide more options for students pursuing this concentration. Listing approved topics for topics courses will make it easier for students to find the appropriate courses for enrollment. NTR 355H is restricted to students enrolled in an honors program and is thus not suitable to be included. Students conducting honors research related to nutrition and public health may always submit a petition to make a course substitution.
10. Option I, 8f
Allow only one course in advertising, communication, or public relations.
Rationale: The restriction forces students to broaden their background in this concentration beyond a communications focus.
Option I, 8f
Remove CMS 342K and 367, GRG 356T, SOC 369L, SW 311, and WGS 345.  Specify approved topics for HED 352K, HED 370K, and SOC 321K. Add CMS 315M, HS 301, 320, and PR 305. Add restrictive statement that SOC 319 and 354K may count toward only 1 requirement.
Rationale: The courses removed are deleted, no longer offered, or offered very infrequently. SW 311 topics are not relevant to public health field of study. WGS 345 topic 35 is removed because it is the same course as HED 352K topic 2. Listing approved topics for topics courses will make it easier for students to find the appropriate courses for enrollment. Added courses will provide more options for students pursuing this concentration. SOC 319 and 354K are course choices listed under the foundations requirements. Students may count these courses toward the foundations or specialization requirements, but not toward both.
11. Option III, 8
Remove counting eighteen hours in a supporting area as alternative to eighteen hours of public health.
Rationale: The wording is ambiguous and confusing to students. No courses other than public health are offered at the UT School of Public Health (i.e. there are no other supporting areas of study).
12. Option III, 8
Added statement that graduate coursework may not be used to fulfill public health core courses in requirements 2.a. through 2.f.
Rationale: One student accepted into option III began graduate public health courses prior to completing the public health core courses, and then requested that graduate courses be used fulfill the public health core. The public health core requirement is intended to provide background for the graduate public health courses.
13. Common to All Options: Change the language to accommodate addition of three flags, in ethics and leadership, independent inquiry, and quantitative reasoning.
Rationale: The college added independent inquiry flags to many of its courses, and many degree requirements include courses that are flagged with the quantitative reasoning flag. The college is hopeful that there are sufficient flagged ethics & leadership courses to enable students to accept these flags. The college encourages students to select flagged courses that fulfill other degree requirements.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  Public Health majors may choose courses that are in the XXXXXXXX colleges to fulfill some of their requirements.
Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
  No.
If yes, explain:
 

N/A

Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  Yes.
If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
  How many students do you expect to be impacted? Six to eight per course.
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Communication Studies
Person communicated with: Barry Brummett, Chair
Date of communication: September 20, 2013
Response: As an alternative, perhaps we can compromise by allowing a larger lecture course, for example, CMS 315M, to be included in their concentration… I like the idea of 315M, the subject is Interpersonal Communication, which would sure be relevant to Public Health… we generally have room in it… and Professor Daly is a very popular and effective teacher.
College of Liberal Arts, Government
Person communicated with: Robert Moser, Chair
Date of communication: September 23, 2013
Response: The Department of Government approves the listing of… the Politics of Health Care, as a course option in the Health Policy and Management concentration for the BS in Public Health degree.
College of Liberal Arts, Urban Studies
Person communicated with: Paul Adams, Director
Date of communication: September 20, 2013
Response: I think we could spare a couple of seats in URB315, but there are two prerequisites for this course. Students need to have taken URB301/GRG307C and they also need to have taken an introductory course in statistics because part of the course involves applying regression or a difference of means test to urban demographic data. If this requirement works with the BS in Public Health then we should have room in the course. As for URB301/GRG307C, I have no problem offering two to three seats in that course.
College of Liberal Arts, Health and Society, Permission #1
Person communicated with: Bob Hummer, Director
Date of communication: September 19, 2013
Response: As director of HS, you have my permission to add the HS courses, but since HS doesn’t yet formally exist, I think Dean Flores will be the right person to go to.
College of Liberal Arts, Health and Society, Permission #2
Person communicated with: Richard Flores, Associate Dean, via Hannah McKenna
Date of communication: September 23, 2013
Response: This is approved by Dean Flores.
College of Communication, Public Relations
Person communicated with: Isabella Cunningham, Chair, via Janie Castillo-Flores
Date of communication: September 20, 2013
Response: Dr. Cunningham has approved your request [to list PR 305, Fundamentals of Public Relations].
Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
  No.
If yes, explain:
  N/A
If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
  N/A
Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion?
  No.
If yes, explain:
  N/A
COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: September 24 and 25, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: September 25, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

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