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Library Support for Distance Learning: HSC

This staff guide provides access to information regarding librarian involvement with distance education at UF.

Health Science Center Library Guides

History: Off-book and On-Book Programs

In 2008 the provost appointed a taskforce to examine distance education and self-funded programs.  The full report is accessible at: http://www.aa.ufl.edu/documents/Workgroup_Report_All_sections.pdf There is a current procedure for approving new self funded courses and I have anecdotal evidence (from a program director) that with proper funding structure new programs are being approved and the list above is expanding.

Off-book programs are also known as self funded programs and defined by the Report of Workgroup on Distance Education and Self Funded Courses as: Courses [or programs] offered with limited use of state funds that do not generate student credit hours for reporting to the state Board of Governors. Fees and tuition are set by the cost to deliver the program, and market conditions subject to relevant regulatory limits.

According to a 2003 agreement, the libraries (Smathers and HSC) receive $3/FTE for off-book courses to fund distance education services and resources.  The division of those funds follows the supporting library.  Linda Butson can provide a history of the distance learning funding and division of dollars and original documentation if needed. The Health Science Center Libraries use their portion of the off-book distance education monies to fund a Distance Education Librarian.

On book programs: Are traditional courses offered using state funded resources that generate student credit hours.

Off-book (self funded) Enrollments for FY 2007-2008



Audiology (AudD)






Forensic Tox


Forensic Science**


Pharmacy Regulation


Public Health


Health Care Risk Management


Geriatric Care Management


** Forensic Science includes certificates and MS Degrees in the following concentrations: Forensic Science, Forensic DNA & Serology, Forensic Drug Chemistry, and Forensic Pharmacy


We have a portal and set of webpages specifically for distant learners.

All programs are web-based and use the Blackboard/WebCT interface (e-learning) expect for the traditional 4 year Pharm D program.  The traditional Pharm D has sites in Apopka, St. Pete, and Jacksonville, but all the faculty are based out of Gainesville and students receive their lectures online (through elearning).

LibGuides – for Audiology, Forensic Science, Pharmacy (traditional and WPPD), and Public Health. LibGuides are under construction for other programs including Geriatric Care Management and Health Care Risk Management.

Tutorials – General database tutorials and specific tutorials for Pharmacy (including separate sets of tutorials for traditional Pharm D and WPPD), Audiology, and Public Health. Tutorials range from PPTs to narrated flash tutorials. Pharmacy students (both traditional and WPPD) are required to view the tutorials and use the information gained in a drug information assignment.

Face-to-face – Three times each semester Rae conducts 1 hour update and  Q & A sessions for WPPD students who are here on campus for mandatory clinical sessions.


Note: *New programs are marked with asterisk and indicate programs starting in 2008-2009.

Occupational Therapy
Applied Pharmacoeconomics*
Clinical Research Regulation & Ethics*
Forensic DNA and Serology
Forensic Drug Chemistry
Forensic Pharmacy*
Forensic Science
Forensic Toxicology
Patient Safety and Risk Management*
Pharmacy Regulation and Policy
Pharmaceutical Business (Master of Science in Pharmacy/MBA)*

Audiology (AuD)
Distance Pharm D Campus Sites (PharmD)
Working Professional’s Pharm D –WPPD (PharmD)

Certificate (all certificates require 12 hours/4 courses)
Aging Services
Environmental Forensics
Forensic Death Investigation
Geriatric Care Management
Health Care Risk Management
Public Health

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