The Intersection Between Criminal Justice and Public Health


Douglas A. Berman, J.D.
Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law
Director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

The course will be offered as a collaborative effort through the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at the Ohio State Moritz College of Law.

Course Description:

While public health often works with a variety of stakeholders to prevent illness and injury related to crime and violence, the impact of criminal justice on health outcomes is typically not considered in community health planning or interventions. Yet, the criminal justice system plays a significant role in individuals’ immediate and long-term health, as well as the wellbeing of their families and communities. This course will provide a foundational understanding of the criminal justice system at federal, state and local levels. The course will discuss how criminal justice impacts health and fits into a public health framework, and it will look at how drug policies, specifically related to marijuana and opioids, hinder or advance public health. The course will also answer how stakeholders within the criminal justice system can partner with public health and other community groups to advance strategies through criminal justice to improve health outcomes.