Synchronous: Epidemiology of Police Violence

Monday, June 12, 2023 -Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 1:30 PM -  5:30 PM

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Course Description

The course provides a broad overview of police violence in the United States through the lens of epidemiology. It focuses on (1) the limitations of public health data collection on killings and injuries inflicted by police, (2) the ways in which limits to epidemiologic knowledge can lead to a lack of accountability for police violence, and (3) the influence of police violence on population health and health inequities. Knowledge gained from the course will also be applicable to other areas of study such as injury epidemiology, legal epidemiology, and measurement of health inequalities.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how data on police violence is collected in the United States, including the social forces that shape and limit data collectio
  2. Discuss limitations in epidemiologic knowledge about police violence and how this relates to police accountabilit
  3. Identify key findings from research on police violence as a determinant of health


A public health or research background is recommended.

Recommended Course Reading and Resource List


Justin Michael Feldman, ScD

Justin Feldman is a social epidemiologist and a Health and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard FXB Center for Health & Human Rights. His research focuses on measuring health inequities by race, place, and socioeconomic position using messy and unconventional datasets. Since 2014, he has conducted research on monitoring police violence with public health data. One of his current projects looks at how a variety of institutions – law, corporations, forensics, and public health – work together to obscure state accountability for deaths in police custody.

Course Fee

Early registration discount before April 1, 2023: $450.00
After April 1, 2023: $500.00



Synchronous Course


The Zoom link for this live webinar course will be made available to course registrants prior to the start of class.

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