Course Number & Complete Course Title: PH 7325 Urban Health Seminar Instructor’s Name: John A. Steward Division: Environmental Health Faculty Accessibility Course Basics Semester: Fall Year: 2014 Class Day/Time: Selected Thursdays/9:30 am- 12:00 noon Class Location: 25 Park Place CR 12 Prerequisite(s): none Required Course Materials none Instructor(s) of Record: Steward Office Location: Room 860 Urban Life Phone Number(s): 404-413-1137 Email: [email protected] Office Hours/Availability: By appointment Additional Information: I. Course Description: The Urban Health Seminar features presentations of research topics currently being pursued by the faculty of the Georgia State University Partnership for Urban Health Research. Research topics, methods, strengths, limitations, findings, and implications will be presented and discussed with learners. The sum of the seminar presentations will illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the field of urban health. II. Course Objectives / Competency / Assessment of Student Learning: This course is designed to support students in acquiring competence in the following areas, as indicated in the GSU School of Public Health Graduate Student Handbook (see MPH Competencies). Describe how social and behavioral risk factors contribute to individual and public health outcomes. (MPH Core Competency 13) Develop and evaluate social and behavior interventions, especially through community participatory research in diverse communities. (MPH Core Competency 14) Course Objectives Describe the Partnership for Urban Health Research initiative at Georgia State University and urban health research priorities. Translate urban health concerns into research questions. Express critical thinking regarding urban health research programs, methodology, findings, and implications. Explain the interdisciplinary nature of urban health research. Interpret research findings to efforts to improve the health and living conditions of people in urban areas. Program Competency NA Assessment Method(s) Written assignments (presentation essay). NA Written assignments (presentation essay). NA Written assignments (presentation essay). MPH Core Competency 13 Written assignments (presentation essay). MPH Core Competency 14 Written assignments (presentation essay). III. Course Assignments and Requirements Course Requirements IV. % of Final Grade Summary discussions of each seminars, including the summary paper Participation in course and class attendance 50 Total 100 50 Grading Policy This course employs satisfactory/not satisfactory grading. A total course point score of 70 or better for the course is required for a grade of satisfactory. Seminar papers (50 points total): For each presentation, students will write an essay (300 words or less) that briefly describes the presentation and addresses the following: 1. What are the key points of the presentation with regard to research, outcomes, and policy issues? 2. How is the topic relevant to urban health practice, policy, and/or research? 3. What methodological considerations are relevant to you? 4. Find at least one peer-reviewed journal article published within the past 5 years related to each presented topic. Briefly summarize the article (2-3 sentences), and state how the seminar topic seminar compares to, complements, or builds on the topic in the journal article? 5. What are the implications for your research and/or scholarship regarding urban health? The two essays are to be written in one Word document for each seminar. The document should be turned in prior to the deadline, which is approximately 3 weeks after the seminar session via Desire2Learn (D2L) dropbox. Summary Paper: Following the final seminar, review your essays, discussions, and related materials. 1. Write a brief (300-word or less) overall conclusion about urban health with regard to the presented seminars. 2. What additional questions warrant further investigation for your study of urban health (i.e., papers, possible thesis, or other work)? 3. What are the implications for your academic preparation, research, or career? The summary and all essays are to be submitted via Desire2Learn (D2L) on or before May 2, 11:59 pm. V. Attendance and Class Participation Policy Because students are expected to be actively engaged with classmates and presenters in this course, attendance of each class meeting is expected. Any absence may result in deduction from the component score unless the absence is excused for cause (at the sole discretion of the instructor). Any missed class work is expected to be completed including essays for missed sessions. Please let the instructor know in advance of any planned absences or other interfering events. Special note about communicable illness: Please do not attend class if you are ill and/or experiencing symptoms of flu-like illness. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm VI. Late Assignments and Make-up Examination Policy Ten percent of the component grade will be deducted for an assignment submitted after the time/date due. After the next scheduled seminar, papers will only be accepted with written permission from the instructor. Additional deductions may be applied to late papers submitted after the next seminar. This applies to all essay papers. VII. Syllabus Deviation Policy The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary. VIII. Student Code of Conduct and Policy on Academic Honesty All students at this University are expected to engage in academic pursuits on their won with complete honesty and integrity. Any student found guilty of dishonesty in any phase of academic work will be subject to disciplinary action. The complete Academic Honesty policy is located in the GSU Graduate Catalog, Section 1350: http://enrollment.gsu.edu/catalogs/. Students and faculty are expected to review and conform to the university’s policy on academic honesty. Information on the Student Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures are available at: http://codeofconduct.gsu.edu/. Special attention should be paid to the sections on plagiarism and multiple submissions: Plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as, “appropriating and putting forth as one’s own the ideas, language, or designs of another” (The Living Webster, 1975) – and it is strictly forbidden. Written and oral presentations must be a student’s own work. Students plagiarizing or cheating in any form will face disciplinary action which could result in an “F” in this course and suspension or expulsion from the University. Copying from written materials, presentations, websites, etc. without source acknowledgement and referencing is plagiarism. Read it, appreciate it, learn from it, and make sure you source it – and then reflect it with your own thoughts and words! If you are uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism, please contact the instructor. Multiple Submissions. It is a violation of academic honesty to submit substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once without the explicit consent of the faculty member(s) to whom the material is submitted for additional credit. In cases in which there is a natural development of research or knowledge in a sequence of courses, use of prior work may be desirable, even required; however, the student is responsible for indicating in writing, as a part of such use, that the current work submitted for credit is cumulative in nature. IX. Disability Accommodations Policy Students who wish to request accommodation for a disability may do so by registering with the GSU Office of Disability Services. Students may only be accommodated upon issuance by the Office of Disability Services of a signed Accommodation Plan and are responsible for providing a copy of that plan to instructors of all classes in which an accommodation is sought. The Office of Disability Services is located in the GSU Student Center, Suite 230 and online here: http://disability.gsu.edu/. X. Course Evaluations Statement Your constructive assessment of this course plays an indispensable role in shaping education at Georgia State. Upon completing this course, please take time to fill out the online course evaluation. XI. Career Services The School of Public Health provides career services & student leadership opportunities (student clubs & organizations) to all current SPH students and alumni. SPH Career Services can help students with resume writing, interviewing, job searching, internship development, and professional networking. Students are invited to attend our career events and workshops, and individualized career counseling appointments can be arranged. To see what career panels, career fairs, and events are available this semester, please visit: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/students/career-resources/. The SPH Career Services office is co-located with the Office of Academic Assistance in room 640 at One Park Place. XII. Tentative course schedule, topics, and readings PH 7325 Urban Health Graduate Seminar Fall 2014 Schedule of Presentations September 4 Introduction to the seminar- John Steward Urban Health Index- Scott Weaver (Public Health) What Is Urban Health? Panel discussion Holley Wilkin (Communication) and other PUHR faculty October 2 SafeCare: Building and Scaling-Up an Evidence-Based Child Maltreatment Program- John Lutzker (Public Health, Center for Healthy Development) Human Trafficking as an Urban Health Issue- Jonathan Todres (Law) November 6 Physical Activity Intervention for Under-served Older Adults- Rebecca Ellis (Kinesiology and Health) Food Safety Beliefs and Knowledge among Urban Atlanta Residents- Lisa Casanova (Public Health) December 4 Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Utilization among Urban African Americans- Chivon Mingo (Gerontology) Alcohol Use among Youth in Kampala, Uganda- Monica Swahn (Public Health) All seminar sessions are held from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon in the 25 Park Place Building, (formerly Sun Trust Annex, lower level, Conference Room 12 (enter from Edgewood Avenue). The first presentation begins at 9:45, and the second begins at 11:00.