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Policing and Public Health


1st term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Cassandra Kercher Crifasi

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


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:

  • 25% Discussion Board
  • 10% Participation
  • 30% Midterm Paper
  • 25% Final Paper
  • 10% Final Presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment priority given to Bloomberg Fellows in violence

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Enrollment capped at 30. Enrollment priority given to Bloomberg Fellows in violence

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Yes, the policy brief could be written in response to needs of CBOs (or Bloomberg Fellows’ partner orgs). CBOs will give feedback on draft policy briefs and be revised based on feedback. Final policy briefs will be provided to CBOs and CBOs can participate in final presentations including providing a scoring rubric.