221.618.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
MTWThF 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Gilbert Burnham
  • Course Learning Objectives

    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
  • Course 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.
  • Intended Audience
    Persons interested in the health of prisoners, domestically or internationally who will take the course for professional development or for credit
  • 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.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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