• 2017 Social Justice Seminar Series

Social Justice in Public Health Seminar

About the Seminar

The Public Health Program at Touro University California (TUC) is launching its 3rd annual Social Justice Lecture Series for the 2017/18 academic year. This series is an innovative collection of lectures and panel discussions from experts in the field of public health and social justice. The purpose of this seminar series is to provide an introduction to special topics in social justice and public health, with relevant readings and discussions on the social determinants of health. This year, our series focuses on the public health impacts of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities which is an often overlooked public health epidemic. The TUC Public Health Program is working to bring these issues to greater light within the health field. As part of this commitment, TUC's Public Health Program is developing a new concentration in Health Equity and Criminal Justice for the MPH degree that will begin in 2018. This series is also intended to serve as a launching point for this new MPH concentration.

Who Should Attend?

  • Students in public health, medicine, pharmacy and education programs.
  • Community members interested in social justice as it relates to the health impacts of incarceration and the criminal justice system (teachers, health professionals, religious and organizational leaders, parents, etc.)


Community Members: Members of the community are welcome to participate in any or all of the sessions for free.

TUC Students: All TUC students may take this course for credit or may attend any session of interest. All 1st yr MPH and Joint MSPAS/MPH students must enroll in this course “PBHC 631” as a core requirement (0 units). For 1 unit, 2nd year MPH students and all DO & PharmD students enroll in PBHC 632.



5-7pm on the following dates in Lander Hall B Auditorium at Touro University California

Session 1: August 28

Reuben Miller,  PhD The State of Our Justice System and Health
Keynote Speaker: Reuben Miller, PhD
University of Chicago, Population Studies

Session 2: September 11

Fania E. Davis, J.D., Ph.D. Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Investing in Our Youth
Speaker: Fania Davis, JD, PhD , Director of Restorative Justice, Oakland

Session 3: September 25

The life course perspective: of the incarcerated
Speaker panel:
Dr. Janet Mohle-Boetani, California Correctional Health Care Services
Dr. Elena Tootell, San Quentin

Session 4: October 9

Incarceration, Re-Entry & Recidivism prevention/solution

Session 5: October 23

Re-Entry & Health Panel (mental health/ptsd)
Speaker Panel:
Ruben Vang, Center for Positive Change Supervisor
Susan Champion, Attorney with the Three Strikes Project
Dr. Saki Cabrera, Solano Community College

Session 6: November 13

Matthew Pillischer Addressing the prison epidemic: Where do we go from here?
Matthew Pillischer, Film Director, "Broken on all Sides"

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Continuing Education Units

Each session is worth 2 continuing education credits through the National Board of Public Health Examiners:

Touro University California (TUC) is an approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) Recertification credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective July, 1 2017, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from TUC

Life-long Learners seeking credit for CPH recertification should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. To self-report your CPH recertification credits, log into your CPH Recertification portal.

Questions about CPH Recertification, e-mail info@nbphe.org

Past Social Justice Seminar Series

2016 Seminar Series