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Welcome to the


The Foun nation for The Gator Nation

An Online and Vista4 Manual for Students

College of Public Health and Health Professions
Online Certificate in Public Health

4th Edition
Fall 2007

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The Foundation for The Gator Nation

Public Health Programs
College of Public Health and Health Public Health Programs
Professions 101 S. Newell Drive
PO Box 100182
Gainesville, FL 32610-0182
352-273-6199 Fax

Welcome to the University of Florida's online Certificate in Public Health program!
The college is excited that you have chosen to participate in our quality graduate public health
coursework in an Internet environment. All coursework will be delivered online and all assignments,
discussions and testing will be done by participants online. No campus visits will be required.
The online Certificate in Public Health is essentially the same program as the on-campus version, except
you will be able to "attend" your classes when it best fits your schedule.

For some participants, working in a computer-based learning environment will be old-hat, to others, this
will be your first online course. We are striving to provide you the best support system to make sure
that our Internet veterans and newbiess" will all have a positive learning experience. This semester UF
has upgraded WebCT to the new Vista4 E-Learning upgrade. This is a blend of the old WebCT
format and a more Blackboard-like environment. This booklet will contain many screen-shots of this
new upgraded course site.
Though you will be able to participate in the coursework on your own schedule, you must understand
that there are deadlines and limited windows of participation for some assignments, discussions and
tests. Some courses have concurrent meetings for live discussions and presentations, though these are
minimal. Set aside structured learning time for the coursework so that you do not fall behind and miss
critical deadlines. Many students have asked how often they should log onto Vista4 and check on the
progress of the class. The short answer is that it would be a good idea to log on daily for the first couple
of weeks, if only for a couple of minutes to check on Announcements, E-mails and Assignment status,
and to familiarize yourself with the system. The more familiar you are with the system before you need
it in a deadline, the smoother things will be for you in the long run. After the first couple of weeks, it is
suggested that you log on several times a week, but this you will have to gauge based on work load
within a course and your speed at completing your work within Vista4 on a time. You may log onto
Vista4 from any computer with an Internet connection. But, each computer on which you access Vista4
MUST be formatted to Vista4's requirements. It is suggested that you try to stick to one or two
computers for these courses. If you find that you need to use a public computer to access Vista4 you
may be forbidden to download some tools required to operate within Vista4. If you can use a public
computer, you must accept the responsibility to "LOG OFF" of Vista4 and close out the Vista4 window
prior to leaving the computer. Any submissions under your password will be considered submissions by
you, so guard your password at all times.

NOTE: This document may seem large, but it is heavily illustrated i/th actual screen shots from Vista4
to aid in your navigation skills. Illustrations have color-coded references i/ i/hin the text accompanying
them. Colored numbers (i.e.: 2) i i/hin text refer to areas i i/hin the illustrations that have the same
colored numbers. There are also arrows, ovals and highlighted areas to aid you in finding out which
areas the text is referring to i/ i/hin the illustrations.
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Contained in this document are:
Part 1: How to configure your computer so that it will operate smoothly within the Vista4 Vista
Part 2: How to log on to WebCT Vista4
Part 3: A comprehensive overview of the WebCT Vista4 environment and a walk-through of
how to :
a. log on to Vista4
b. how to navigate within the system
c. how to participate in DISCUSSION BOARDS
d. how to complete and submit an ASSIGNMENT
e. how to complete and submit an ASSESSMENT
f. how to use the MAIL system
g. how to check on your GRADES
h. how to use the CALENDAR
i. how to know WHO's ONLINE
j. how to open an ANNOUNCEMENT
k. how to watch a LECTURE
1. how to open and print the POWERPOINTS
Part 4: Outline of courses on Vista4
Part 5: Who to call someone when you need help
Part 6: How to use the University of Florida's library database system via the Internet
Part 7: An outline of how an online class works
Part 8: Text books for online courses
Part 9: Course fee payment and policies

Don't feel overwhelmed by this information and don't feel that you have to read each section when
you receive this material. It is provided for your reference and to be your desk reference to using
Vista4. If any of this material is unclear to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Susan White, MEd
Assistant Director for Special Projects
Online Public Health Coordinator
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Prior to class e-mail: swhite@phhp.ufl.edu
During class, e-mail via Vista4 Mail system
352-273-5367 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm)

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Computer Reauirements

The computer requirements for taking a Public Health online course are available at:
http://www.mph.ufl.edu/certificate/computer.htm. Please check out this site for additional information.

Computer Requirements
* PC Laptop, Notebook, or Microsoft Windows (Vista not
Desktop computer recommended at this time)
* Sound Card and Speakers Microsoft Office (containing Word,
Excel and PowerPoint)
These items may be required Acrobat Reader (free download)
for some of the courses: Microsoft Media Player (download
* CD or DVD Player Some courses will require additional
(some courses) software downloads during the course,
* Microphone and speaker these downloads may include a "Lock-
headset (required by down Browser", an interactive
some courses with communication software, etc.
interactive Java Script (can download from
communications) http://lss.at.ufl.edu), NOTE: Do not use
* Fax machine or scanner an updated version above what is
access (for submitting recommended at the Iss site as some
hand written work for functions in Vista4 will not function.
some courses, ie. PHC Student version of SPSS (for PHC 6050)
6050) Disable pop-up blockers and firewalls

Recommend: McAfee AntiVirus (free to UF
students at www.software. ufl. edu/mcafee)

* Internet Access
* Browser service via
Netscape (N) 4.0 or
higher or Internet
Explorer (e) 5.0 or
* Broadband Strongly
* E-mail Address
* Gatorlink account
* UF ID number
* It is recommended
that you work from
a computer where
you have
permission to
perform software
and/or browser
downloads as
needed to complete
these courses.

Internet access and e-mail address are requirements. All students in the Public Health Certificate
program are required to create and use a Gatorlink e-mail address as soon as possible for all college-
related activity. This Gatorlink e-mail address must not be forwarded to another e-mail provider.
As in any technology, there may occasionally be technical issues that arise, for this reason we
highly recommend that you do not work up to important deadlines. Take the time to understand
how to access the areas you need prior to needing them.

Note to MAC users: Though it is understandable that users of Mac computers love their Macs some
software used in these courses are not supported on Mac systems. Specifically, you may not be able to
view the video lectures and you may not be able to take some assessments (exams) with a Mac.

Note to AOL users: The nature of AOL is to block pop-ups for its users. While pop-up blockers are
good when you don't want the material, pop-ups are an important part of Vista4's operations. You must
access your courses from another browser other than AOL.

Note to dial-up modem users: The courses delivered via Vista4 require a large bandwidth, such that
using a dial-up modem will not allow you to access the streamed video lectures, open PowerPoint slides,
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and may not allow you to take exams or quizzes in a timely manner. Please do NOT attempt to take

these courses in a dial-up environment.

Vista4 Configurations

Configuring a computer may sound like something that you need to call a computer technician in to do,

but the directions below will walk you through the process step-by-step with pictures of the screens for

reference. All online courses are delivered via an Internet program, E-Learning Vista4. You will log

onto your classes from the Academic Technology website at http://lss.at.ufl.edu. Below is a screen-shot

of this website. This is the site that you will always log in on, so you should bookmark it as one of your

"Favorites" on your computer. First you must look at the message (at the E arrow), if the message

reads like this sample, you have the appropriate version of Java on your computer, if there is a statement

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saying that it is an "unsupported version", you must click on thel ink below that message (the Java

website) and download a free version of Java Script, Version 1.5 or higher, from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Second you must click on the "Browser Tune-up" link on the left side of the screen (at orange arrow)

under "Self-Help." Follow the directions on the page, then close that page out.

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Additional Set ups for working in Vista4 for Public Health Courses

There are a few extra steps that must be taken to get your computer ready for Vista4.
1- First, open a browser page (just open your Internet homepage).
2- From this page click on "Tools" at the top of the page (see below).
3- From the pull-down menu, click on "Internet Options."

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menu, o Block. in the "Address of
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d '"i click on ad k h Remove button. Web site" box (1),
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OK on next screen.

In addition, Windows Media Player must be installed on your computer, or the video lecture files will
not open. Click here (or copy into a URL address) for a free download at:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp 10/default.aspx#download

These steps should create an efficient work environment within Vista4. You still may find when you log
onto Vista4 or when you go to open a file in Vista4 that a "Pop-Up Blocker" will prevent the file from
opening. Usually a server will post a message in a yellow band just below the URL address area stating
that it is blocking a download, and/or you computer may beep as it tries to draw your attention to this
blocked material. If you click on the message and click on "Allow download" it should fix this problem.
If you run into any problems, call 352-392-HELP. Note: It may pop you out of the course, just click on
the course again and try to open the file you were trying to download.

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Lo22ing onto WebCT Vista4

The Academic Technology website (www.lss.at.ufl.edu) is the also the site where you will log onto

Vista4 and access your courses. This site also has news 0, tips 0, self-help 0, and Vista4 status

information f. On this site you will select "E-Learning System" (the yellow arrow) and Gatorlink (the

green arrow). Then click on "Continue" to log in.

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A Gatorlink sign-in page will open. On this site you will enter your UF Gatorlink name (the yellow
arrow) and your Gatorlink password (the green arrow). Then click on "Logon".

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Getting onto your course site in WebCT Vista4

After you log into Vista4, you will see a screen similar to the one below, but with a much shorter list of
courses. This is the Dage where you will enter your s ecific course. Log out after
Log out after
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PHC,102 Intro to Public Health Admin Systems (Khourv) section -r.,3 .rr,.
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PHC6313 En, mental Health Concepts in Public Health (Frp-. -.r.
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At this site you will select which class you wish to work in by clicking on the course name in blue (see

green oval) in the "Course List" section.

From this page you can also see how many are online for your courses (see yellow oval). This is

valuable information when you would like to post some questions or comments on the discussion boards

and get a response. For this reason it is very important that you "Log out" (see oval) of Vista4

when you leave the program. Without logging out, you will appear to be on-line when you are not.

There are also links for help ( arrow). You can also find help at http://helpdesk.circa.ufl.edu/ or by

calling 352-392-HELP.

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Navigating through your Vista4 course

After you have entered one of your classes within Vista4, you will see a home page screen similar to the
one below from one of our online courses, PHC 6313. This is what you can expect your class
"homepage" will look like:

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On this page you see that you are to start at the "Checkered flag" icon. This section contains valuable
information on how to use the WebCT Vista4 program for online course taking. It also contains a
mandatory discussion and practice quiz assignment that will help you to become more familiar with
Vista4. One very important difference with Vista4 than with most Internet sites is the lack of the use of
your "Back" and "Forward" functions for navigating between pages on the Internet.

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Instead, you will need to click on the area that you want to go to either on the main page area, via one of
the tools listed in the left column or on a link in a "bread crumb" trail I that will be listed on the bar
above the main page that lists the steps into a section that you have taken.

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Q ourse Toolsr15

For instance, if from the course home page (on the previous page), I were to click on the "Start here"
link (the checkered flag), the site would now look like the image below. Note how the "bread crumbs"
(1) now say "Home Page > Start Here! Aug 23-27". When you click on any of the underlined words in
this area, you will be directed to that page.

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If I continue with this example and click on "Learning in an Online Class" link, the page will now look
like this:

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best and the strategies that work best for you The tips and hints combine ideas from recent brain research, memory research and general tnme
management to get you started in thinking about how you learn

Note how the (1) "bread crumbs" have grown to include that I am now in the "Introduction..." section,
that is in the "Learning in a.." section, that is in the "Start Here!..." section, which is on the "Home
Page." To go back, you cannot click on the traditional Back button on the browser in Vista4, you must
click directly on an item to open it or use the "bread crumb" links to go that page. On pages within
sections, Vista4 also has its own version of (2) "back" buttons. These buttons will allow you to navigate

within the section that you are in, like turning pages in a book. Note that the Q icon will send you to

the first listing in the Module as they are listed in the I "Table of Contents". The icon will send

you back up the Table of Contents listing by one unit. And the icon a will send you down the listing
by one unit at a time.

When you first log onto to Vista4, take some time to familiarize yourself with its different features.
Make sure you go through the program and understand where everything is. The icons on the Home
Page that are labeled "Section #: Name" are the sections with all the course material. You must start
with Section 1. Each section will contain 1 or more learning modules. You must complete all the

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next module, continuing until you complete Section 1. Then proceed to Section 2, and so forth
throughout the entire course until you complete the last section. You may work ahead of the course
schedule, but exams and other time-based items must still function during their scheduled time.

The "Tool bar" (green oval) contains many tools that you will need to complete your coursework. Each
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(this is a Vista4 e-mail system), "Who's Online", and "Chat" tools. Note that the "Assignments,"
"Assessments," and "Discussions" tools have a large green asterisk to the right of the tool name. This
asterisk indicates that there is a new posting on that tool that you should complete, that there is a new
announcement, or that you have a new e-mail message, depending on where the asterisk is posted.
There is also a "My Tools" area where you can check on your posted grades under "My Grades" and
"My Files" where you can file and retrieve files within Vista4.

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Discussion Board postings:
All assignments for Discussion postings will be listed within the Module that they are assigned.
You may also reach the discussion site several ways:
1- At the Discussion link within the Module to which it is assigned
2- At the "Discussion" tool you may select the discussion in which you wish to participate
3- In the "Calendar" discussion assignments are listed during their active periods with links
directly to the discussion boards

Within the "Discussion" tool you can participate in a discussion simply by clicking on the "Create
Message" button. The discussion site will open, here you type a subject name for your discussion
posting, then click on the large white space and type the message you wish to post. You may also attach
files for others to open in the discussion area, you must do this in the "HTML" mode.. Please limit these
attachments to .html, Word (.doc), text (.txt), or Excel (.xls) files. You can "Post" your discussion at
this point, "Preview" it, "Save as Draft" to complete later, or "Delete" it. If you are the first to post on a
discussion, you will not see other postings, but if others have posted, you can read their postings and
comment on their postings, or post additional postings.

Different courses give different weight to the grading of a discussion posting. Some are for course
conversation and some are for actual assignment grades. Be sure to post discussions within the time
allotted to insure that you receive a grade for your posting. Also, be sure to post a comment or answer
the topic description of that particular discussion board. Some courses will also require Discussion
postings within specific time frames, please keep a record of these dates.

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Assignments, like Discussions can be accessed several ways:
1- Within the Module it is assigned
2- Within the "Assignments" tool
3- On the "Calendar" tool during its assigned time
When you open the "Assignments" tool you will see a page like the one below, where you can choose
which assignment you wish to work on. You can also check on your submissions, any graded
assignments and any published assignments. Submitted assignments will disappear from this site when
they are submitted. As long as you have assignments that still have due dates, there will be a green *
asterisk next to the Assignments link on the tool bar. To submit an assignment. open the assignment.

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click on "Enable HTML Creator" and compose your assignment within the large white box. OR, type
your assignment up in another program and click on "Add Attachments" to attach it to your assignment
submission. Be sure to add a comment so that the instructor will note the attachment. NOTE: Read the
instructor's directions for submissions, some may want a specific attachment type, some may want
direct composition on Vista4. You can always compose in Word, Notepad or WordPad and copy and
paste your submission into the box. The style of composition is up to you and your instructor. Read
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Assessments: (Note: Tests, quizzes and exams in Vista4 are referred to as "Assessments.")
Assessments can only be accessed when they are available to be taken (see the syllabus for an overview
of when your quizzes and exams are assigned). They can be accessed three ways: via the learning
module they are assigned to; via the "Assessments" tool icon on the toolbar; and via the "Calendar"
listing for the assessment. The only assessment available at the start of the class is "Quiz 0." Links and
listings of assessments within the module or the calendar will only be available during the days that the
assessment is available.
All quizzes and tests will have a window of time in which you can take them. They will be available to
take for 1-3 days (depending on the instructor) within a specific time. After the deadline, quizzes and
tests will not be available to be opened or taken. When you enter an exam, you cannot leave it and
come back later, all exams must be completed upon entering them and each exam has a time limit
to take the exam (between 15 minutes to 2 hours), depending on the complexity of the exam. Make
sure you check for the assessment schedule in the syllabus and make notes of important dates. The
exams may not be visible on the module nor the calendar until they are available to be taken. Since you
will not have a teacher in a classroom reminding you of when a test is upcoming, you must keep
yourself aware of these test dates.
Some assessments may require a "Lock-Down Browser" to take the test. Instructions will be provided
within the course on how to perform this simple task. Also, some tests may require that you fax or scan
written submissions for handwritten portions of exams.

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When you enter a quiz or test, this is the window that will open. It will list the name of the assessment
at the top, then the starting and ending dates and times for the test, how long you have to take the test
(the time does not start until you click on "Begin Assessment"), the mode of question delivery, how
many attempts you may have on the exam, how often you have taken the exam, and how many points
are available for the assessment. If you need further instructions on test taking or are having problems,
click on the "Instructions and Troubleshooting" button. If you have any trouble during an exam you
must call 352-392-HELP immediately to make record of the trouble. This call will create a time-stamp
of your call and will aid you in getting on with the exam in a timely manner.

After you click the "Begin Assessment" button you will see the questions and answers appear for your
selection, or a question and an area to type in an essay response. All forms of questions may be asked
within a Vista4 course: True/False, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, essay, etc., just like a
paper test.

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Here is a typical question screen within a quiz. You can see that the name of the quiz appears at the top
left along with your name, the date you started, and how many questions there are in this assessment.

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SAVE, then "Next Question". When you are done with your assessment, click on the "Finish"

Most assessments in Vista4 are to be completed in a Lock-Down Browser. You should download this
browser, per the instructions in the course, and test it out prior to taking your first exam in the course. If
you have any problems with the assessment while in a Lock-Down Browser, call the UF Help Desk at
352-392-HELP immediately. Please try to take all your assessments as early as possible, most technical
problems occur when you are in a hurry trying to take the assessment at the last minutes of availability.

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There are several things you need to keep in mind while taking exams on Vista4:

1- Students taking online courses are expected to complete their exams on their own and are
under the same UF Honor Code as on-campus students. Evidence of cheating in an online
class will result in the same penalties as cheating on-campus. It is expected that all
assessments will be the sole work of the student without assistance or outside resources.
Submissions may be submitted to a plagiarism-checking software for validation.
For a copy of the UF Honor Code, check out the website at:
2- It is the student's responsibility to be aware of when tests are active and to complete them
within the allocated time frame.
3- Exams should not be closed before they are completed. Assessments must be completed
while in an assessment. You cannot leave the exam and come back later to complete it.
Assessments must be completed within the time allotted for the assessment. Exams not
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assessment. If you are someone who needs additional time to complete exams, you must
discuss your special needs with the faculty member prior to test delivery times so that
accommodations can be made for you.
4- Make sure you SAVE each answer after you make your answer selection. Unsaved answers
will NOT be submitted into the Vista4 grading system.

WebCT Vista4 has a dedicated e-mail system within each course. You will find "Mail" under
"Course Tools." E-mails to and from students and faculty should be conducted within this e-
mail system. Your Vista4 e-mail cannot be forwarded to a separate e-mail account. It is
important to check your e-mail within Vista4 on a regular basis. A green asterisk will appear
on the "MAIL" tool icon to indicate that you have new mail.

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You can post e-mails to students within your course, to the TA (Teaching Assistant), or to the
Instructor. The system will keep a record of your e-mails and allow you to create folders and
search messages.

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As you can see the MAIL system in Vista4 looks fairly similar to any other e-mail system.

You will not need to remember e-mail address to send mail, you can "Browse for Recipients"

and select as many or as few recipients from the course that you wish to send the message to. On

the screen (on the next page) you will see the "Browse.." button, typical "To", "CC:", "Subject"

buttons. It will allow you to select a "High priority" setting for those messages that are urgent.

Again, you may select the "HTML Creator" "ON" option and compose your message in the

white box. You may even add attachments as in most e-mail systems. All messages will be
saved in your "Sent" folder.

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Faculty will post grades on Vista4 in the grade book. You may access your section of the grade book

via the "My Grades" button on the Tool Bar. Your name, course, section, and available grades will be

listed in this area. When grades will be available is a decision each faculty will decide within their

individual courses. If you have a question about a grade, please e-mail the instructor or TA for the


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Below is a typical "month-view" on the Vista4 calendar. You have the option to allow all courses and
your own personal calendar listings to be within one view of the calendar or be more selective about
what is displayed on the calendar. Simply select the calendar "View" pull-down arrow (1) and select
what you want to have displayed on your calendar, then click on the green arrow. Different courses and
personal entries will have different bullets by them indicating to which entry it belongs. The calendar
below only lists items for one course. Calendar entries that are underlined are active hotlinks to the listed
(2) (ie. the Sept. 27 item below will take you directly to the Assignment if you click on it.) You may
enter your own personal calendar entries at the "Add Entry" I button. These entries will only be
visible by you and other students and the faculty will not see them.
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You can change the month you are viewing by clicking on the month pull-down button (4), select the
month you want to see, then click on the green arrow (5).

Who's Online:

From your main Vista4 page (after signing in and before entering a course) you will see a listing on the
right column labeled "Who's Online." This will let you know how many people are logged into one of
your courses, but it will not tell you specifically who is online.
While in a course, one of the tools available to you is the "Who's Online" tool. When you select this
tool, Vista4 will display a list of the names of the people within the course that are actively online. It is
important that you "Log out" of Vista4 before closing your Browser so that this menu is accurate. This
list of who is online will enable you to send e-mails to someone with the knowledge that they are
available at the time that you are also online. From this menu you can simply click on a name and a
"Send Mail" option will open. If you wish to send someone a mail message you follow directions for
"Mail" above. This is an internal e-mail system that functions much like any other e-mail system.

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The "Announcement" tool is a record of all of the announcements that a faculty member has sent out
during the course. Most new announcements will open a pop-up window the first time you enter Vista4
after such an announcement has been posted. It is important that you "Log out" of Vista4 to activate this
feature when you return to Vista4. When there is a new announcement there will be a small green
asterisk next to the "Announcement" tool. Different faculty members may use this tool more often
than others.

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Reviewing the "Student Help Book" will enable you to understand how this course is set up easier.

Video Lectures

Within the Public Health online coursework on Vista4 you will find that the lectures are delivered in a
video-over-PowerPoint format. This means that you will be able to view all the classroom lectures of
This will be explained within the courses where it applies. All lecture videos will open within the
Vista4 window and are not accessible outside the Vista4 environment. These lectures are some of the
latest technology from Digiscript and allow you to view the faculty member as they lecture with their
PowerPoints displayed.
Within each Module you will find a listing of the lectures assigned for that Module. Within each section
of the course all video lecture links will appear within the Modules. The Lecture names will correlate
with the same number as the Module numbers. There may be one to five parts to each lecture series for
each module. Some courses may have access to modules or lectures tied to a date for release or a
completed exam or assignment before you may be able to access these elements. The video lecture site
will allow you to enlarge the PowerPoint that is displayed by clicking on it. This image will not advance
as the lecture advances, you will have to close it out to see the next PowerPoint slide. You can also see
"T humbnails" of the PowerPoint slides.

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Within each learning Module you
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PowerPoint presentation listed
below each of the lecture listings.
These PowerPoints are a
duplication of the PowerPoints
presented within the lecture video.
You may print these PowerPoints
and take notes on them while
viewing the lectures to create your
own study materials. To print
these PowerPoints, simply right
click on the first slide, select print
and a print menu will open. To
save paper, you may wish to print
them as "Handouts," using the 3-
or 6-per page option.
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Environmental Health
Concepts in Public Health

Introduction to history,
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The public health certificate courses taught on Vista4 will all be different. They will have different

faculty members teaching them, subject matter, material, and content. But, there will be a very similar

structure to how the courses are laid out for each course. This will make it easier for you to find your

way around Vista4 and provide program structure.

All sign-in pages will be the same and all course home pages will be similar, though not identical.

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"Start Here" section denoted with a checkered flag. This section will provide valuable information on

how to use Vista4 and will have some early learning tasks to prepare you for the course work within the

Internet environment. Within this section is a Discussion Board for you to introduce yourself to the

other students and the instructor. This will provide everyone with a sense of community within the

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online environment. You may post as little or as much as you would like about yourself in this
Discussion posting. There is also a pre-test which requires no course knowledge to take, but is only
provided as a practice test to familiarize you with the assessment environment in Vista4.
Also on the home page is a "Syllabus and Supporting Course Resources" section. This section will have
the syllabus for the course and any other supplemental materials that the faculty would like to provide
you for the course. There is also a "UF Internet Library" link to provide you with a connection to the
university's Internet library system. You will need your Gatorlink name and password to enter into the
"library." Instructions are provided in this document in Part 6.
The most important parts of the home page are the course material sections (denoted with Section
number and Name). These sections should be opened (by clicking on them) and completed in order.
The numbers of sections a course will vary from two to four, de ending on the faculty

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this section (the number of modules within a section will also vary depending on the topics). You
should also complete these learning modules in order. Open the module by clicking on it, below we
have opened "Module 1: The Role of Statistics." As you can see, the module contains all the elements
and tasks that ou will need to finish com letin this module.

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1. Intro to
Discipline of Module 1 Overview Introduction to the Discipline of Environmental Health
Health This module explores the breadth of ways in which the environment and environmental health are defined It points to environmental factors that contribute
1 Module Overview -Auo to disease, and the impact of differential susceptibility on both exposure to environmental contaminants and health outcomes. Various approaches to
S 2 to sept 3 improving the state of human and environmental health are described
2 Read- Chapter 1 of
"Environmental Health" by
Moeler Module 1 Activities and Lectures
3 Introduction to Lecture
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SOu Modle i 2. Reading Activity-Chapter One of Environmental Health, 3rd Edition by Dade Moeller, 2004 Harvard University Press
Introduction 3 Lecture 1 Introduction an audio lecture with PowerPoint slides (A printable power points file is provided for note-taking, if desired )
4 Discussion board Part 1 -Identifying key topics in Environmental Health Purpose This posting is to encourage you to start thinking about the
breadth of topics and issues that we identify as environmental health issues Please state in bullet form three of the more than 20 topics in
environmental health that you would like most to develop expertise in and why these topics are of particular interest to you
5 Quiz week 1 This will be a practice online testthatfocuses on core concepts, and discipline-specific vocabulary This is done online with a 20-
minute time limit The quiz is available at noon on Sunday, 9/3 and ends at 6pm on Monday, 9/4
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The center screen will provide an overview of the module with an outline of the tasks you must
complete. The left column lists all these tasks that you will need to do. You can click on each element
and it will launch the information or tool necessary to complete the task. Assessments will be listed here
also, but you will not be able to take them until they are available. Check the syllabus and calendar for
important dates.

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Below we have opened "Quiz 1". As you can see, it states that "The assessment is currently not
available." But, you do have an opportunity to see the dates the quiz is open, the duration of the quiz,
and can view the "Instructions and Troubleshooting" section to make sure you are comfortable with
taking this assessment. You will notice that there is no "Start assessment" button. This button will
appear as the assessment is available. In this example, Quiz 1 will have a "Start assessment" button
available starting on September 3, at 12:01 AM to September 4, at 6:10 PM. You will NOT be able to
take an assessment past the "Available until" date. Please keep close track of when assessment dates are

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Available starting: September 3, 2006 12:01 AM
Available until: September 4, 2006 6:10 PM
Duration: 20 Minute(s)
Note: your completion time is measured from when you click Begin Assessment to when you click Finish.
Once the allotted time has expired, you will not be able to save any more questions.
Question delivery: One at a time
Note: questions can be answered in any order. You can revisit questions after you have answered them.
Attempts allowed: 1
Attempts completed: 0
Grade: -/90

Instructions and Troubleshooting

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The left column also lists the Reading, PowerPoints, Assignments, etc. for the learning Module. You
may view the lectures as often as you would like and can access them anytime during the course. If you
would like to work ahead, you are welcome to, though some assessments, assignments, lectures, and
discussion boards may not be available at earlier dates than they are assigned. Some courses may not
allow access to Lectures ahead of the class schedule or assessment dates.

When you complete all the listed tasks in a learning module, please move on the next numbered module.
When you complete all the modules in a section, open the next section and start on the modules in that
section until you reach the end of the course. Some courses may have a final exam, others may have a
final project, to complete the course. The syllabus, which is posted on the course's homepage, will
outline the course requirements. As with any course, the syllabus may be subject to change during the
course, but students will be notified of any changes as they occur.

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Be sure to plan ahead to help prevent the need for help during after-hours periods when help may not be
readily available.

Below is a list of contacts, and when you should contact them, based on the problems that you are
experiencing. You may also use the "Help" module on each course Homepage.

UF Help Desk: College of Public Vista4 Discussion Faculty or TA for
Health online Boards: course:
352-392-HELP coordinator:
helpdesk@ufl.edu There will be an Open Contact via the Vista4
Topics at: Susan White Forum Discussion Mail system
http://helpdesk.circa.ufl swhite@phhp.ufl.edu Board on the Front
.edu/ 352-273-5367 Page of all Vista4
Or via the Vista4 mail courses

Availability: Availability: Mon-Fri, Available 24-hours a Availability: varies
Sunday, 6pm-10pm 8-5pm day. If you need a
Mon-Thur, 7:30am- quick response, check
10pm to see if anyone's
Fri, 7:30am-5pm online at "Who's
Saturday, Closed Online."

Contact UF Help Desk Contact Susan White if Post a question on the Contact Faculty or TA
if you: you are: Vista4 Discussion of course if you are:
> Can't log onto Board when you: > Having problems
Vista4 > Having problems > Have questions with the course
> Having problems opening areas about deadlines, material
with Vista4 within the course in course material, or > Have special needs
> Having problems Vista4 other course related in regards to course
with the Lock- > Having problems questions or material deadlines
Down Browser navigating in concerns.
during an Vista4 > Students should
assessment > Having problems help each other via
viewing the lecture this discussion
videos board, when
TAs and faculty will
post responses to those
questions not answered
Sby other students

Tutorials for Vista4 are also available at www.lss.at.ufl.edu. These tools should be used to prepare you
for operating in a new online environment.
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Connecting to the library databases off campus

Go to http://www.library.health.ufl.edu/
Go to the tab on the top right side of page labeled "Off Campus Access"
Click on the first item, "Getting Started"
Read through this page to gain important information about connecting to the library's resources and
staying connected
If you have a Gatorlink e-mail account, click on "EZ proxy"
Scroll down to where it asks for your Gatorlink username and password (FYI this is the same information
used to connect to Vista4)
When your access is granted, a new page with rules for staying connecting will appear. Read it then click
on UF Health Science Center Library home page"
This will redirect you to the first page viewed (Health Science Center Library home page, though the
URL in the address box will differ from the first time you were on the HSCL page.)
To access an electronic journal, click on the "E Journals" button (2nd down the left sidebar under
"Quick Links".) Probably the easiest way to use this page is to type words of the journal title in the search
box rather than clicking on the alphabet for the LONG alphabetic lists or journal titles.
To access an electronic book, click on the "E Books" button (1st under "Quick Links" in the left
sidebar.) NetLibrary titles are the broadest in scope. Electronic books can also be searched using the
"Catalog" button in the left sidebar, typing your topic in one or more search boxes and http in another
search box.
To identify articles on a topic, click on the "Databases" Click on option 3 towards the bottom of the page
"Search databases for articles on a subject..."
Select a database to search. The QuickPick grid showcases the library's 20 most popular databases. Many
more databases are listed alphabetically under the QuickPick grid. EBSCOhost Web, Cambridge
Scientific Abstracts and WilsonWeb are 3 gateways that each allow you to search multiple databases
simultaneously or sequentially. Many of these are health-, environment-, education-, communication-,
psychosocial- or policy-related.
Within each of these multi-databases, you may need to select the button or tab that says "Specific
Databases" OR "Choose Databases" to get to the list of databases .
When you have clicked in the checkboxes of all the specific databases (i.e. PsycInfo, CINAHL,
SportDiscus,Health Business...) that you wish to search simultaneously, click "CONTINUE" at the top
or bottom of the page.
You are now ready to search for articles. You may search by keyword, author or title. To capture both
singular and plural forms of a word, truncate, as in prevent* to retrieve prevention, prevented, prevents or
preventable. Check the database's Help/Guide/Tutorial pages for information on which symbol is used for
truncation and how multi-word search terms can be searched as phrases (i.e. "phrase searching") rather
than as individual words.

If you have any questions or concerns:

Look at the middle tab along the top of the Health Science Library homepage
(http://www.librarv.health.ufl.edu/). It carries the label "Help and Tutorials." Drag down to "Class
Handouts and Tutorials" for in-depth information sheets on how to navigate the various databases.
Weekdays 8am-5pm call the public health liaison librarian, Nancy Schaefer, at 352.392.1306 or 9am-5pm
call the Health Science Center Library reference desk at 352.392.3585.
Weekdays 9am-5pm log onto UF's live virtual chat reference service at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/ask.html
Use the form at http://www.library.health.ufl.edu/forms/reference.htm This goes to the Health Science
Center Library's e-mail reference service, which is opened twice daily on weekdays. You'll receive a reply
within 24 hrs of the e-mail being opened.
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Many of you may have not had experience working in an online course, or have not worked within
Vista4 for a course. It is a very interactive program that will allow you to have the feel of a real class,
but in your own location.

After logging into your course (see Part 1) via http://lss.at.ufl.edu, you will see the homepage of your
course laid out (see Part 3 for diagrams and additional information). Your online course will operate on
a regular semester schedule, but you will pick the time and location that you would like to view your
lectures, do your assignments and take your exams. There will be timed deadlines for course
assignments and exams, but there will be windows of time to complete these tasks versus one specific
hour. You will not have to view the lectures at a particular hour. All times for these courses are posted
as ESDT (Eastern Standard Daylight-Savings Time). Students living outside this time zone, are
responsible for converting your time to match the ESDT time zone for deadlines. After the lectures are
posted, they will be posted for the balance of the course. You may watch them as many times as you
want. The professor delivering the lectures will be featured in the lecture and they will provide
PowerPoint slides for you to print out and make notes on while viewing the lectures. It is recommended
that you print out your PowerPoint slides in "Handout" format to save paper. On the image below is a
typical print screen pull-down menu, under the "Print what" section you will find several printing
options. (See aqua oval.)
The "Handouts" option will
allow you to select how many
Printer "slides per page" you would like
Name: A HP LaserJet 2300 Series PCL 6 Properties to print. (see red oval) It will
Also display what that option will
Status: Idle Find Printer... look like in the small pictogram
Type: HP LaserJet 2300 Series PCL 6
Where LPTnext to the selection area.
Comment: ] Print to file Selecting 6 per page will fill the
page will small versions of the
Print range Copies
slide image (like the image to the
SA1 O Current slide election Number of copies: left shows). If you select 3 slides
Custom Show : I1 per page, the printer will print
0 Slides: L lines to the right of each slide to
Enter slide numbers and/or slide ranges. For emni i write your own notes
1,3.- 1 ae If you select the "Slides" option
you will print full 8-1/2" x 11"
Print what,: Handouts images of each PowerPoint
Slides ides pe p pa image, which will require a lot of
Hauder: Horizontal Vertical paper and printer toner. Play
ndots sPagesizl around with these options to find
outline View ale to fit paper Print slides the one that best suits your needs.
SFrm In addition to lectures and
PowerPoint slides there will be a
Print comments and ink markup
PIrin commens and i variety of course requirements.
Preview], K [ Cancel Every course has a text book
requirement (see Part 8) and
some courses require additional journal and/or website readings. The assignments for these readings
will appear within each course Module and are also listed within the course Syllabus (see the "Syllabus"
icon on the Home Page of your course).
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PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology
Gordis, Leon. (2004). Epidemiology, Updated Third Edition. W.B. Saunders Company,

PHC 6313: Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
Moeller, Dade W. (2004). Environmental Health, 3rd Edition. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-

PHC 6050: Statistical Methods for Health Science Research I
Devore, Jay and Peck, Roxy. (2007). Statistics: The Exploration andAnalysis ofData, 5th
Edition. Thomson & Brooks/Cole. Belmont, CA. ISBN 0-495-10969-x.
J. Devore and R. Peck. Student Solutions Manual for Devore/Peck's Statistics: The Exploration
and Analysis ofData
A "student" version of SPSS software. Data analysis assignments will be conducted in SPSS. If
you wish to use SPSS after this course, you may opt for the "grad-pack" version which will give
you more options in the software. Note: Make sure you buy software and not a book about

PHC 6406: Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health
Marks, DF, Murray, M, Evans, B, Willig, C, Woodall, C, & Sykes, CM (2005). Health
Psychology: Theory, Research, andPractice, SecondEdition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Variety of journal readings, available as attachments within the course website or via the UF
Library website.
A microphone/speaker headset for live online project presentations

PHC 6102: Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems
Turnock BJ. Public Health: What It Is and How It Works, 3 ed. Sadbury, MA: Jones and
Bartlett Publishers, 2004. ISBN 0-7637-3215-X

All courses will use Microsoft "Word", Adobe "Acrobat", and Microsoft "PowerPoint", "JavaScript"
and some may use Microsoft "Excel" software programs. You will also be required to download a
"Lock-down Browser" for course assessments (this link will be provided within the course.) Other
special software downloads may be required within a course, it is recommended that you work on a
computer where you have permission to make downloads to the computer you are working on.

Textbooks and solutions manuals are available on the UF website at www.bkstr.com, use the "UF
Bookstore Health Sciences Branch" campus option. Textbooks and software may also be purchased
via any other college bookstore or online book vendor.

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The fees for the online Certificate in Public Health is $4500 for the full 5-course program. Students may
opt to pay for the full program, may split the payment in two semester payments of $2250 each, or
courses may be paid independently. Fees are subject to change without notice, full and half payments
will secure your fee payment rate. Fees for each semester are due prior to the first day of the semester.
Course access may be denied until fees have been paid. If you need special arrangements for fee
payments, ie. GI payments, you must contact us in advance.

Course information:
The fall semester starts on August 23, 2007. Course access will be available on that date.
To access your course you will log on at http://lss.at.ufl.edu and log on with your Gatorlink name
and password.
If you have never worked in Visa/WebCT please complete the "Start Here" module. All students
should post a note on the "Getting Acquainted" discussion board within the first couple days of
the course starting.

Fee payments:
Payment are due by the first day of the semester. Fall 2007 semester starts on August 23rd. Fee
payment is required for online course access.
Payments may be made by credit card or check via the DOCE link at
http://ssl.continuinged.ufl.edu/xmsreg/mhp/. Do not attempt to make payments via the UF ISIS

Drop/Add policy:
The drop/add period for fall semester is August 23-29th
Any courses that are added after the Drop/Add period will incur a $100 late fee.
The last day to drop a course and receive a "W" for the course is November 19th.
To drop a course notify Susan White and Brigette Hart via an email request at
swhite@phhp.ufl.edu; bhart@phhp.ufl.edu.

Refund policy:
Courses dropped by the end of the official drop/add period will receive a fee refund.
Courses dropped by September 12, 2007 (by the end of the 3rd week of class), will receive a "W"
for the course and will receive a 25% fee refund.
No refunds after the end of the 3rd week of class

Gatorlink account:
All UF students are required to register for a Gatorlink account. If you do not have a Gatorlink
account yet, go to the Gatorlink website at http://gatorlink.ufl.edu and follow the directions to
"Create a new account." You will need to use your UFID number to set up this account. This
account is required for accessing online courses. Once you have created your GatorLink account,
please email the account username (not password) to swhite(@phhp.ufl.edu as soon as possible.

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Each course will have unique requirements. Some will require short papers, some will require
longer research papers. All papers should be typed in Microsoft Word and submitted as attachments
within the assignment area, unless instructed otherwise. Some courses will require participation in the
Discussion Boards, both graded and non-graded. But, all courses encourage you to consult the
Discussion boards and contribute your comments to aid each other through the course. You will find
that fellow students can be a valuable source of support, information and clarification. Some courses
will have regular quizzes, Midterms, and Final exams. These assessments will be delivered within the
Vista4 website and will be completed by you within the Vista4 website. All assessments will have a
window of days or hours that you may take them, but once you enter an exam or quiz you cannot leave it
to enter other programs or log off of Vista4. (See Part 3, Assessments) All students participating in a
Vista4 course are under the same UF Honor Code for taking assessments as a student within a classroom
environment. It is expected that all assessments will be the sole work of the student without assistance
or outside resources. Some assessments will require the down loading of a "Lock-Down Browser"
where the assessments must be taken. Instructions for this simple task will be fully explained within the
Some courses will require you to work in groups on projects. This group collaboration can be
accomplished via the Vista4 Discussion Board, Vista4 Chat Rooms, or phone conferencing via your cell,
land phones, or Internet calling services (like Skype.com). You may even go to www.elluminate.com
and request a free V-Room for conferencing with other classmates.
Some courses will have you create projects in PowerPoint, or a website, or another creative form
and submit your work as an electronic attachment within Vista4. Some courses will require
participation in a live Internet interactive presentation program. Information and instructions will be
provided within the course.
In PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Science Research I, students will be required to
purchase, or have regular access to, the software program SPSS. Information about this program is
noted in the "Textbook" section.
The College of Public Health and Health Professions designed the Vista4 courses to closely
replicate the real in-class experience. It is our hope that you will find these courses a benefit to your
career goals, a learning challenge, and a worthwhile experience.

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