Master of Administration in Justice Involved Care Curriculum

The Master of Administration in Justice-Involved Care (MAJIC) program consists of up to 35 credit hours of incarcerated care and public policy courses, as well as additional requirements. Our curriculum ensures that all degree recipients are proficient in the community-focused work that undergirds the social mission of the institution while still meeting or exceeding the accreditation standards set forth by the Council on Education for Correctional health. Additional requirements of the MAJIC program consist of an Applied Practice and Integrated Learning Experience.  These requirements ensure that students have the practical, research, communication and professional skills necessary to become leaders in the correctional health profession. 

Rationale

The program will encompass the development and/or strengthening of administrative skills with an individualized approach to health and well-being of racial, ethnic, and gender personal as well as institutional health. The proposed program makes the individual rather than the institution as the central focus and lever to improve access to health care and improved health status. Specific areas of instruction include individual assessment of client profile using a standardized assessment tool, development of group/cohort profiles to ensure that relevant data are used to guide strategic, tactical program development and interventions, eradicating a one-size fits all programming framework. Additional program cornerstones will include fiscal issues, equitable access to intra- and extra- institutional rehabilitative programs to strengthen the ability of individuals to reenter community with both improved health and greater knowledge of where and how to access supportive resources. Finally, institutional program efforts affected will be examined through the health, social services, and public policy portals to enable leaders from the program to identify obstacles to individual and individual strengths and provide options to promulgate changes that assist the individual clients, their families, the institutions, and the greater community.  Ultimately, all program components will be informed by the mission and vision of MSM and its’ commitment to health equity and the underserved.

Core Courses:

  • Introduction to Correctional Health Care
  • Foundations of Health Equity and Social Justice  
  • Generation of a Profile of Individual Needs (PIN) that Displays Individual Needs & that Guide Service Development
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making
  • Demographics of Health Status and Comparative Analysis to Community Health
  • Rehabilitative and Reentry Service Design and Implementation
  • Population Informed and Designed Health Care Services
  • Leadership Skills and Tiered Leadership Cadre Within a Human Resource Framework
  • Finance of Health and Supportive Social and Educational Strategies
  • Health, Social Services, Economic Policies and Regulations that Impact Pre- and Post-Release Healthy Living and Well-Being

 Other Degree Requirements:

  • Elective Course (s)
  • Applied Practice Experience
  • Integrated Learning Experience
  • E-Campus Visit/Orientation

Foundational Competencies of the Program

  • PROGRAM DESIGN: Design population-based services that meet the unique and individualized needs via race, gender, sexual orientation, mental health, educational level, family support, child-support encumbrances, and other affective indices.

  • POLICY: Address regulatory, marketplace and public policy issues that affect ability to access incarceration and post-incarceration issues, e.g., Medicaid loss or reinstatement, Medicare, Social Security Numbers, payment for telehealth services, child support, mental health, other health services, and health care coverage post-incarceration to include access to behavioral and oral health care.

  • COMMUNICATION and DISSEMINATION: Develop incarceration and post-incarcerations health flyers to include a reading level-scaled resource directory that is reflects the anticipated place of residence and facilitated via MOUs.

  • EVALUATION: Assess city, county, state, and federal levels of fiscal support and determine the degree to which needs are met/unmet and align networks to address shortcomings to build a no wrong door system of care.

  • LEADERSHIP: Assess the racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation/preference, and socioeconomic diversity of staff and work to ensure that providers within the system have the experiences, sensitivities, and acumen to understand issues from the perspective of the individual being served and work to common purposes and health equity.

  • APPLICATION: Students will apply skills and knowledge in correctional health setting(s) through supervised experience(s) related to professional career objectives.

  • INTEGRATION: Students will integrate correctional health theory and skills acquired from coursework, practicum, and other learning activities into culminating experience utilizing research methodology with a thesis as an outcome.

Semester I Term I (8 weeks)

  • Introduction to Correctional Healthcare System - 3 credit hours
  • Foundation of Health & Social Justice- 3 credit hours

Semester I Term II (8 weeks)

  • Service Development Assessment - 2 credit hours
  • Informed Decision-Making Using Data Driven Methods - 3 credit hours

Semester II Term I (8 weeks)

  • Integrated Behavioral Health for Substance Use Prevention and Treatment- 3 credit hours
  • Demographics of Health Status and Comparative Analysis to Community Health- 2 credit hours

Semester II Term II (8 weeks)

  • Rehabilitative and Reentry Service Design and Implementation- 3 credit hours
  • Policies and Regulations that Impact Pre- and Post-Release - 2 credit hours

Semester III Term I (8 weeks)

  • Leadership in the Criminal Justice System- 3 credit hours
  • Finance of Health and Supportive Social and Educational Strategies- 3 credit hours

Semester III Term II (8 weeks)

  • Applied Practice Experience- 3 credit hours
  • Integrated Learning Experience- 3 credit hours

Semester IV Term I (8 weeks)

  • Optional Elective- 3 credit hours
  • Optional Integrated Learning Experience- 3 credit hours

Total to degree completion: 33 credit hours

Core Courses and Descriptions

Introduction to Correctional Health Care (3 credit hours)
This course will review and assess the U.S. criminal justice system; examine the policies and structures that create and sustain/maintain the correctional health care system; explore the components that frame the correctional standard of health care; and evaluate challenges faced by correctional health care professionals.

Foundations of Health and Social Justice (3 credit hours)
Introduces students to the core principles of health equity research. Covers topics such as defining health equity, engaging community and policy stakeholders, patient-centeredness, cultural competence, and dissemination of research findings. Content will recognize different geographic, cultural, and social contexts where health inequities occur.

Service Development Assessment (2 credit hours)
Generation of a Profile of Individual Needs (Pin) that Assess Individual Needs that Guide Service Development Individualized assessment of attributes and resource needs to facilitate rehabilitative and health services while institutionalized and guide steps to success upon reentry to include race, ethnicities, gender, age, sexual identity, chronic health conditions and health payment coverage upon admission and release.

Informed Decision-Making Using Data-Driven Methods (3 credit hours)
Healthcare leaders can only make informed decisions if they are given the opportunity to synthesize a wide variety of quality data related to the issue at hand.  Students will examine techniques to transform data into the information needed to make critical decisions, considering regulations, laws, institutional policies and the needs of administrators, managers, providers, and patients.  Students will examine the types of data available, identify the most frequently used data sources and elements for health decision-making, learn how to access data sources, and apply them to the decision-making process using a case study approach.  Students will also develop skills for presenting data to external and internal stakeholders.

Demographics of Health Status and Comparative Analysis to Community Health (2 credit hours)
Comparative analysis of health morbidity and mortality of incarcerated individuals in overall primary, behavioral health, oral health, and chronic conditions including PTSD as roadmap for internal and external network-collaboration and health services delivery to include health payment coverage upon release to interdict recidivism related to lack of access to health and other needed services. 

Rehabilitative and Reentry Service Design and Implementation (3 credit hours)
Life Coaches and Peer Support Network Development as a component of health and social services while incarcerated and as hand-off/hands-up strategically to substantially prevent and/or reduce recidivism. This course will include job training options, educational programs, resource tool development, housing assistance, and establishment of health care homes. Enrollment in public programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, medication assistance substance use disorder interventions, TANF, SOAR and other programs will be incorporated as an integral component of both incarceration/release readiness. and upon release. Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) participants and outlets will be engaged as sites for employment, given the benefit gained via inmate production of goods that are sold by these industries at free market prices.

Policies and Regulations that Impact Pre- and Post-Release (2 credit hours)
Health and Social Legislation, Regulations and other Policies that Impact Care Behind the Fence and Return to community such as Ban the Box, Pell Grants, felony convictions and eligibility for public housing as determined by local public housing authorities, driver’s license restrictions, among others.

Leadership in the Criminal Justice System (3 credit hours)
Human Resources: Development of a tiered cadre with flexible training to meet team needs (e.g., life coaches, dental therapists, physician’s assistants, among others) while concomitantly reducing health costs via use of a diversified health care delivery team. Leadership development, skills refinement to promote and support systems thinking and action.

Finance of Health and Supportive Social and Educational Strategies (3 credit hours)
Analyze and or design guiding finance principles and strategies within the institution, identify cost-conserving methodologies, examine income generation streams (e.g., agribusiness, private industry relationships, generation of volunteer care that subsidizes online care, and funding for life coaches to follow returning citizens as they return to their communities. Analysis of current fiscal drivers and model development to align costs and cost-savings for reallocation into more beneficial activities (e.g., family and child visitation centers, telephone, and other communication encumbrances), and costs for health care (e.g., oral health care).

Description of Other Required Courses

Applied Practice Experience (3 credit hours)
Students complete a worksite experience (80 hours) at a correctional facility or organization that provides services to these entities. Students apply classroom theory and competencies to practical situations in the field. In addition, students will examine and access three individual focused case studies (i.e. women, men, children, transgender) to further understand challenges faced by justice involved population. This course also helps students identify needed job skills and possible work opportunities in their area of specialization. 

APE Learning Objectives - Students will be able to:

  • Apply correctional health theory, knowledge, and skills in a practice setting.
  • Complete a defined project(s) in an area of correctional health practice including core correctional health functions such as needs assessment, program planning, program evaluation, policy development, educational campaign, or applied research.
  • Relate principles of correctional health practice - organizational structure, local and organizational politics, program administration, community relationships, program coordination - to their defined project(s).
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge in an area of interest not covered in depth elsewhere in their educational plan.
  • Demonstrate competence in a correctional health practice area(s).
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, communication skills and creativity in the development of a correctional health practice activity.
  • Integrated Learning Experience: Thesis

Integrated Learning Experience (3 credit hours)
This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize and integrate the knowledge base and competencies acquired in coursework and practicum and demonstrate this achievement through writing and presenting a thesis. The Thesis is supervised by a committee comprised of at least one faculty member, one correctional health practitioner, and an expert in the student’s field of study. Faculty use this experience as a mechanism to evaluate whether the student has mastered the body of knowledge and competencies needed for correctional health research and practice. Prior to graduation, each student must present their thesis in oral and written form.

ILE Learning Objectives – Student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their ability to critically examine selected issues related to correctional health,
  • Review relevant scholarly and professional literature,
  • Write an analysis based on that review, and
  • Design and implement an original research study that contributes to the knowledge base of the correctional health profession.