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Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff and Dr. Leslie King state that although crime rates have decreased in the last several years, they remain alarmingly high. Recidivism rates, in the meantime, continue to rise with up to half of all new prison inmates incarcerated for reoffending after their initial release (Matz, et al., 2012). As the costs of a failed criminal justice system becomes unsustainable, scholars search for new evidence-based, innovative and collaborative solutions to lower crime and increased public health and safety. As a result of this collaboration, some criminal justice and public health leaders are seeking to develop new theoretical and methodological linkages in order to effectively address the challenges (Matz, et al., 2012). Akers and Lanier (2009) proposed a theoretical framework called “Epidemiological Criminology” as a construct for scholars and practitioners to create the needed interdisciplinary linkages. In response to the necessity for public health and criminal justice to establish interdisciplinary linkages, it is necessary to develop academic curriculum to educate a new general of professionals prepared for this challenge.

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College of Health and Public Administration


Criminology and Criminal Justice | Public Health

Crime and Public Health: Interdisciplinary Approach to Education