Program: Toxicology (Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology) Department: Environmental Health. College: Medicine. PhD: Toxicology.

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Program: Toxicology (Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology) Department: Environmental Health PhD: Toxicology

College: Medicine Year: 2014 Primary Faculty: Mary Beth Genter, PhD (513) 558-6266 [email protected] Faculty Committee: Howard Shertzer, PhD (513) 558-0522

Howard. [email protected]

Alvaro Puga, PhD (513) 558-0916 [email protected] Ying Xia, PhD (513) 558-0371 [email protected]

I.

Program Outcomes

Please include in this section your program learning outcomes as they are listed in the P-1 form in eCurriculum. If you are already planning to revise those program learning outcomes, indicate in this section which ones might be changed, and what the new program learning outcomes are likely to be. In general, learning outcomes should be measurable, assessable, or observable in some way and aligned with national standards. Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of environmental exposures on living organisms and systems. Our PhD program in Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology (“Toxicology”) is unique in that a fundamental goal is to train graduates in how gene expression/regulation influences an individual’s response to environmental exposures. Students have opportunities to rotate in multiple laboratories prior to deciding on a specific dissertation research project and learn both in the classroom and in seminars from experts who are working professionals in the fields of toxicology and genetics. Students benefit not only from diverse faculty expertise, but also from being part of the larger Department of Environmental Health, with additional expertise and collaborative/learning opportunities in disciplines such as industrial hygiene, biostatistics, epidemiology, occupational medicine, and public health. Students will learn principles of toxicology, including dose-response, biotransformation, mechanisms of toxicity, and genetic/epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation as these topics related to environmentally-induced morbidities and mortalities. Graduates of our program are qualified for entry-level employment as study directors or toxicologists in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries; as professors at liberal arts and major research institutions; as scientists performing risk assessments for the US and foreign governments; and as scientists working for not-for-profit institutions. Learning outcomes for our PhD graduates are broadly defined as follows: 1. Apply basic concepts of toxicology to develop and test hypotheses, design valid experiments, interpret data, and address novel problems. 2. Evaluate, discuss and apply current literature in the fields of environmental genetics and molecular toxicology. 3. Present critiques that enhance fellow students’ and other presenters’ written and oral presentation skills. 4. Develop and present evidence of effective written and oral presentation skills. 5. Recognize and demonstrate ethical behavior 6. Create a career development plan that articulates both short- and long-term goals and strategies to implement, achieve, and assess these goals

II.

Curriculum/Program Map

Please include in this section a grid that identifies connections that exist between required courses in this program and the corresponding program-level learning outcomes. In other words: how will program outcomes be met? This grid should further indicate the expected levels of learning at each level (whether emerging, strengthening, or achieved). The CET&L web site includes templates that you might find useful in completed this grid.

Curriculum Mapping Matrix: Linking Program Outcomes to Curriculum Key

E: Emerging D: Developing A: Achieved OUTCOMES 1. Apply basic concepts of toxicology to develop and test hypotheses, design valid experiments, interpret data, and address novel problems. 2. Evaluate, discuss and apply current concepts and literature in the fields of environmental genetics and molecular toxicology. 3. Present critiques that enhance fellow students’ and other presenters’ written and oral presentation skills. 4. Develop and present evidence of effective written and oral presentation skills. 5. Recognize and demonstrate ethical behavior

Required Courses and Experiences* Identified in P-1 TOX805 TOX8039 ENV 1 ENV700 Student ENV7001 ENV8091 909 EGMT 2 seminar 1 Core

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E,D,A E,D,A E,D E,D E,D 6. Create a career development plan that articulates both short- and long-term goals and strategies to E,D, implement, achieve, and assess these goals E,D E,D A * Please note that you are only identifying required courses and experiences that are house with in your academic unit. **QE=qualifying exam ***Program requires at least one first author paper and at least one additional authorship on the dissertation topic

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III.

Methods and Measures

Please include in this section a description of the assessment methods that your program plans to use in assessing each of its program learning outcomes. These methods ideally include both direct and indirect examples of student learning, with authentic, performance-based assessment performed at all levels. You may find it helpful to include the “Assessment Measures Alignment Matrix” from Activity 5.

Assessment Measures Aligned with Program Outcomes Program

Assessment Tools Course/ Experience

Outcome

a. Exams

1. Apply basic concepts of toxicology to develop and test hypotheses, design valid experiments, interpret data, and address novel problems.

2. Evaluate, discuss and apply current concepts and literature in the fields of environmental genetics and molecular toxicology.

3. Present critiques that enhance fellow students’ and other presenters’ written and oral presentation skills.

4. Develop and present evidence of effective written and oral presentation skills.

b. Oral presentations

a. TOX8051 b1. TOX8051 b2. TOX8039, b3. Qual exam (QE) b4. Dissertation

c. Demonstration of skills in laboratory

c1. TOX8091 c2. ENV9091 c3. Publications

a. Exams

a. TOX8051

b. Oral presentation

Time Line

a. Spring, First Year b. Spring, First year b. Spring, all years b. Summer, first year b. End of year 4, 4.5, or 5 c1. Spring, first year c2. Spring, remaining yrs c3. Fall Year 3, 4*

a. Spring, First year

b1. TOX8051 b2. TOX8039 a. Oral, written critiques a1. TOX8051 a2. TOX8039 a3. ENV7001/2

b1. Spring, First year b2. Spring, all years a1. Spring, first year a2. Spring, all years a3. Spring, all years

b. Manuscript review

b. TOX8051

b. Spring, first year

a. Oral presentations

a1. TOX8051 a2. TOX8039 a3. QE a4. Dissertation

a1. Spring, first year a2. Spring, all years a3. Summer, first year a4. End of year 4, 4.5, or 5 b. Fall Year 3, 4*

b. Manuscript acceptance

b. Publication

Responsible Person

a, b1, b2. All teaching faculty in the program b3. QE committee b4. Dissertation committee c1. Rotation mentors c2. Dissertation advisor c3. Dissertation advisor, committee All teaching faculty in the program

All teaching faculty in the program a1, a2. All teaching faculty

a3. QE committee a4. Dissertation committee b. Dissertation advisor,

committee 5. Recognize and demonstrate ethical behavior

Seminar attendance ENV7001/2; and discussions thereof Mentoring

6. Create a career development plan that articulates both short- and longterm goals and strategies to implement, achieve, and assess these goals

Discussions re career goals and identification of means to achieve these goals

*Timing may vary based on the rate of research productivity

Mentoring

a. Spring, all years

All faculty mentors; Student advisor

Spring, each year

Faculty advisor

IV.

Assessment Infrastructure

Please include in this section a description of the process by which your program intends to assess its learning outcomes. • Describe which program faculty will be charged with overseeing the execution of the assessment plan as well as the ways in which they will carry out that charge, including a description of the planned timeline for assessment. • Identify what kinds of administrative support will be available for those faculty Please note that assessment plans should be capable of producing reports annually based on their review of the relevant data from their programs. The work of your faculty might also be coordinated and aligned with similar assessment efforts at the college and institutional levels. The PhD in Toxicology assessment committee will consist of the Division’s Curriculum Committee and will be co-chaired by the Director of the Division of Toxicology and the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies. The assessment committee will meet at the end of Fall and Spring semesters to review course evaluations and student outcomes. Course evaluations that indicate significant problems with individual lecturers or courses will be discussed, and a solution agreed upon prior to approaching the lecturer or course director for refinement. Student outcomes discussed at assessment committee meetings will include student performance in required courses (both those administered by the toxicology program and those outside of the toxicology program, including Intro to Biostatistics, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology), qualifying exams, dissertation defenses, and student publications. The assessment committee will review the assessment plan annually at the Spring Semester meeting. Feedback will be used to modify course content or tailor programs of study for individual students that meet their career goals. No significant administrative support is available for the assessment process. Our Graduate Studies Program Coordinator can assist with distributing and course evaluations and reporting back to the Graduate Studies Director.

IV.

Findings

Here you will describe and explain in this section any multi-year patterns and trends that your assessment efforts have identified, including a description of any relevant relationships to national standards. TBD

V.

Use of Findings

In this final section, you will describe how your program intends to make use of the program-level assessment data it has gathered. • How will this information be presented to and discussed among the faculty? • How might this data or these discussions result in review and possible revision of course or program learning outcomes and pedagogical strategies? The faculty of the Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology Division meet 2X/year, and a report on the status of each student in the program will be presented by the Graduate Studies Director for the Division. The committee includes a Student Representative. The Student Representative will be excused for the discussion of other students’ progress, but will be present and consulted for information gathered from the Division’s students re their perception of the curriculum (e.g. what is lacking from the curriculum, their perception of appropriateness of course load each semester). If it is found that the majority of students in any given “class” had the same problem with a course, series of courses, or course load, the Division’s Graduate Studies Director will appoint a small committee to work with the Student Representative to attempt to come to a solution that resolves the students’ concerns. The learning outcomes and pedagogical strategies will be modified as needed to meet the new strategy.

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