Making and Unmaking a Criminal: The Intersection of Criminal Justice and Health Law and Policy

While having a mental health diagnosis does not make a person more likely to commit a crime, an overwhelming number of people involved in the criminal justice system have unmet health, mental health, and substance use needs. The availability and unavailability of appropriate health services, under the law and in practice, can lead to the "making or unmaking of a criminal." The courses in this program involve interrelated classes on criminal law and justice and health law and policy. Students will learn about the impediments to providing care in the usually siloed criminal and health care systems. By exploring differences in the US and UK, students will learn how to problem-spot and identify opportunities for better coordination that would improve outcomes for justice-involved people.

Summer 2024
May 25 - July 6, 2024

Application Deadline

February 9


All Burch Field Research Seminars are open to UNC undergraduates (second-year status or greater) who have a 3.0 GPA. No course pre-requisites.


Gina Difino
Director, Global Education and Fellowships

Schedule an appointment to discuss Honors Study Abroad programs here.