The Clinic

The cornerstone of GHJP is a practicum course that is generally run in the spring semester. Through a weekly seminar and real-world projects, students explore the means by which law, policy, and rights can be used as tools to address contemporary health issues.

The practicum is open to all Yale graduate and professional students. The application process opens in November each year. The application process for the 2018 GHJP Practicum Course is open now! See details to apply below.

For more information, law students should come to the Clinic Fair on November 16th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Dining Hall, and all other graduate and professional school students are encouraged to attend the Information Session on November 28th from 12-1PM at YSPH, Room 102.

For questions please contact [email protected].

2018 Global Health Justice Partnership Practicum: Call for Applications
Deadline: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 4:30pm EST

YLS Course # 30168-01/YSPH Course # SBS 596b Cross listed as # EMD 596b
Tue 12:10 PM-2:00 PM

This course will fuse didactic and experiential learning on critical topics at the intersection of public health, rights, and justice in the twenty-first century. Through a weekly seminar and real-world projects, students will develop the knowledge and tools to engage critically and constructively with contemporary global health issues. Students from different disciplines will work in teams on projects, typically with outside partners, to address key mediators of health in the US and worldwide, with particular attention to concerns about health equity. Seminar readings and project approaches will draw from legal, public health, historical, anthropological, and other fields to introduce students to the multiple lenses through which health issues can be tackled, and to build their competence to work with colleagues in other disciplines around such interventions.

Projects are selected with an eye toward the application of both public health and legal expertise, and students will be expected to reflect on ethics and methods in an interdisciplinary context. Previous and ongoing GHJP projects have included, for example:

  • Co-authoring a path-breaking report on the U.N.’s role in causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti and the U.N.’s responsibilities to provide legal remedies to victims of the epidemic
  • Partnering with the ACLU to document the public health harms and legal violations created by the quarantines of travelers from Ebola-affected countries in 2014
  • Preparing a report on how human rights law can more effectively be used to ensure that intellectual property protections do not impair health   
  • Submitting an expert’s statement to the Brazilian Supreme Court in support of expanded reproductive health and social services for women and families affected by Zika       
  • Carrying out ongoing research in collaboration with Sex Workers’ Project to understand the ways in which criminalization impacts the lives of people in the sex trade

For more information about previous projects or the Global Health Justice Partnership, please visit:

There will be 2-3 clinic projects for spring 2018, and student interest will be taken into account when selecting project teams. For this coming spring, projects are likely to include: 1) state-level legislative advocacy supporting reforms to quarantine law in Connecticut, working in parallel with the team pursuing litigation related to the 2014 Ebola quarantines; 2) a public health and human rights investigation into the impact of incarceration and the war on drugs in Brazil on state-by-state burden of tuberculosis cases; and 3) research support for a locally forming sex workers network, with particular attention to their rights, needs, and health, as an outgrowth of past work on ‘diversion’ processes for persons arrested for street-level prostitution offenses in the U.S.

CLINIC DETAILS                   
Students will work on projects in teams and be evaluated by their work product rather than a final exam. Students should be prepared to spend approximately 18 hours per week on the course: 1 hour and 50 minutes for weekly class sessions; up to 15 hours outside of class each week on their projects; and 1 hour for weekly supervision meetings. Students should also be prepared for possible travel (typically during spring break) depending on the project. Resources will be available for travel as needed.

The course accepts graduate students only, and is designed to engage public health and legal approaches, though students from other disciplines are also encouraged to apply. This course fulfills the YSPH OPHP practicum requirement for Masters/Public Health Students and will meet according to the Law School calendar.

Permission of the instructors required to enroll and an application must be submitted by the deadline noted below. Enrollment will be limited to twelve students. Note: We may also establish special sessions and makeup sessions to accommodate the difference between schedules on the main campus and in the Law School. Law Students accepted in the practicum section will also be enrolled in the fieldwork section. Both sections must be taken simultaneously.

Questions about the application should be directed to Sarah Aquilla at [email protected].

YLS students: In addition to listing the course among experiential course selections, students should submit a CV and statement of interest to the YLS Registrar by 4:30pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017. In the statement, students should describe their interest in work on global and local health issues, as well as any relevant courses or other experience.

All other graduate and professional school students should submit a CV and a statement of interest to [email protected] by 4:30pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017. In the statement, students should describe their interest in policy and legal issues related to health, and any relevant courses or other experiences at the law/policy/health intersection.

Because the demand for the course is high, interviews may be conducted this year to select the final group of students for the practicum. These interviews will most likely happen by phone and in mid-December, shortly after the application deadline.

Note: Because project work begins immediately, and is collaborative and intense, this is not a class that students will have the opportunity to "shop." Enrollment in this class presumes a serious commitment of time, and projects immediately engage students in collective responsibilities; accordingly, there is a no-drop policy for this class.

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