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Health in Prisons is a one-week course offered by the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The course provides public health, medical and nursing professionals with the tools needed to critically analyze and address the myriad clinical, policy and ethical issues in prison health care. The course is global in scope, covering the health needs of prison populations through a focus on the organization of prison health care and multi-disciplinary challenges facing healthcare providers, both in the US and internationally.  The course includes a major emphasis on faculty- student interaction throughout the week.  In each topical area and throughout the course ethical issues in prison practice will be discussed. Course topics include:

·     Prison health systems and management structures;

·     Communicable disease control, substance abuse and mental health treatment;

·     Health impacts of solitary confinement; and

·     Health need of needs of female, youth and aging prison populations.


The course directors are Bloomberg School faculty Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD; Gabriel Eber, JD, MPH, CCHP; and Leonard Rubenstein, JD. Other faculty members include:

·     Raed Abu Rabi, MD: Healthcare in Detention Coordinator, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva,

·     Donald Reeves, MD:  Director of Psychiatry, University Correctional Healthcare, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry Training Director, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

·     Rachel Roth, PhD: Writer and consultant based in Boston, Massachusetts, author of studies on women’s reproductive health in prisons

·     Homer Venters, MD: Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Correctional Health Services, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Clinical Instructor, NYU School of Medicine


Course Location:

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21205

Course Dates:

Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19, 2015 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Course Fees:

$900 (non-credit). Course fees cover course instruction and materials only. Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Certificates awarded to all non-credit participants upon completion


Course Coordinator at or 410.614.5550

Additional Questions:

Please visit the course website 


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