A National Survey of Medical School Curricula on Criminal Justice and Health

Date of Review: August, 2023

This resource describes the results of a national survey of medical schools to assess the prevalence of training in correctional health. This survey assessed the existence and characteristics of curricula linking criminal justice and health, as well as perceptions on the role of criminal justice education in medical training. This resource may be helpful to institutions interested in developing a curriculum in correctional health and assessing the current landscape of correctional health training. The authors discuss the merits of classroom-based learning vs experiential learning based on survey responses. The survey items on the perception of correctional health in medical training may also be helpful in planning evaluation of students engaged in correctional health education. —Emma Anselin, MD, NCEAS