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Policing and Public Health

1st Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

Introduction to online learning

Students should take this course to understand the history of policing, intersections between policing and public health, police reform and mechanisms to co-create healthy and safe communities.
Provides an overview of the history and evolution of policing in the United States and the intersections between policing and public health. Considers both short- and long-term policing impacts, both positive or negative, on the health and safety of communities and individuals through various interactions with the public. Explores how public safety is reimagined through a public health lens to understand the impacts of police on social determinants of health, justice, and equity. Examines needed reforms, police-community relationships, and strategies to co-create public safety.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain how traditional policing roles developed and evolved over time
  2. Describe the intersections of policing and public health
  3. Explain the role of police as potential points of intervention to advance public health and impacts on social determinants of health and associated health disparities
  4. Assess potential reforms to policing to improve effectiveness and advance justice and equity
  5. Assess existing literature and data on programs and/or policies to improve safety
  6. Generate policy options to help stakeholders make informed decisions to improve safety and health
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 15% Discussion Board
  • 25% Midterm Paper
  • 25% Presentation(s)
  • 25% Final Paper