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221.618.01 HEALTH IN PRISONS

Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Gilbert Burnham
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:
Description:

Addresses the health needs of domestic and international prisoners through a focus on the organization of prison health care and the multi-disciplinary challenges facing healthcare providers. Content includes: prison health systems and management structures, roles and responsibilities of clinicians, controlling communicable diseases, prevention, control and treatment of HIV and TB, drug use and drug services, human rights of prison and detainee populations, provision of mental health services, meeting needs of female, youth and aging prisoners, prison-specific ethical and clinical problems, health and healthcare in solitary confinement, promoting health and managing stress among prison staff. Faculty come from the health and detention unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva) and from USA prison health organizations.

Learning Objective(s):
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Describe prison health systems and management structures, and the roles and responsibilities of clinicians in prisons.
List methods for controlling the spread of communicable diseases, prevention, control and treatment of HIV and TB in prisons
Cite issues of human rights and prison and detainee populations
Review how mental health services are provided in prisons
Explain how the health needs of female, youth and aging prisoners are met
Discuss the prison-specific ethical and clinical problems of health and healthcare in solitary confinement

Methods of Assessment: For students taking the course for credit: 25% participation 25% In class group projects 50% paper on selected topic addressing health challenges of prisoners domestically or internationally due 1 month after the end of the course.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 5:30 - 7:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: