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MPH 5351 - Tps: Poverty, Law, And The Health Of Communities

This course is by pre-registration only. The pre-registration form will be available on Inside Brown from Monday, October 24, 2016 (beginning at 8 am) through Monday, October 31, 2016 (ending at 8 am). In today's legal system, many low-income citizens are often fined or jailed simply for being poor. A disproportionate number are also people of color. They are arrested for minor traffic violations, or stopped- and- frisked based on how they are walking, or where they are resting, sitting or sleeping. If they can't pay exorbitant amounts for tickets or citations, they are often jailed, sometimes for weeks at a time. Ultimately, their physical and mental health is negatively impacted, causing them to experience unfavorable health disparities, as compared to high-income individuals. This course will help students understand these disparities from a transdisciplinary perspective, combining legal, public health, medical, and social problem solving skills and analytic methods. Students who anticipate working with individuals or communities in poverty will benefit from the course's framework that considers the impact of criminalization and mental scarcity on both health behavior and access to care. As part of their course work, students will do one short-term research assignment with a local community agency to determine whether low-income individuals have suffered health impacts as a result of their interactions with law enforcement.
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