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 (undergraduate students not permitted).
Please note that the Global Health Justice Practicum will not be offered in the 2018-2019 academic year for new students. With instructor approval, former students who have completed the Practicum and are interested in continuing project work have the option of enrolling in Advanced Global Health Justice Practicum: Fieldwork.
In 2018-2019, the GHJP worked with 15+ students across schools at Yale - including law, public health, sociology, and nursing - and external partners on several health justice projects. These projects span issue areas and geographies: some are very local to New Haven, while others have regional or transnational focuses. Current projects include:
1. Supporting sex workers’ health, rights and advocacy, in partnership with the Sex Workers and Allies Network of New Haven (for more information, see our project page and check out our watch site of New Haven’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program); 2. Analysis of the relationship between the war on drugs, mass incarceration, TB and Brazil, see the policy report published in May 2019; 3. Contributing to local challenges to asthma-related housing conditions, including litigation with New Haven Legal Assistance, and 4. Researching and identifying the access to medicines implications of trade secrecy, in partnership with MSF.