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School & Program Updates

Touro California: Launches Health Equity & Criminal Justice Concentration

The Touro University – California (TUC) MPH Program has launched a Health Equity and Criminal Justice (HECJ) concentration focusing on the intersection of health and the U.S. justice system to address the impacts of incarceration on individuals, families and communities. With its fall 2019 launch, TUC’s Public Health Program becomes the first graduate program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to offer this MPH concentration.

Framed within core public health concepts, the HECJ Concentration offers a curriculum centered on the criminal justice system, reentry and recidivism, and social and community impacts of incarceration and will contribute to the expansion of research and policy in the promotion of social justice and health equity. Graduates will be well-prepared to advocate for and address the needs of justice system involved populations. MPH students with clinical training will gain knowledge and skills needed for practitioners to provide medical care for incarcerated and post-release populations.

Field study sites – at either a California correctional facility or with community-based organizations serving people with a history of incarceration, their families, and communities – include  San Quentin California State Prison, La Clinica de La Raza Transitions Clinic,  Centerforce, Solano County Jail Services, and Roots Community Health.

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