The Clinic

The cornerstone of GHJP is a practicum/clinic course. The course fuses didactic and experiential learning on critical topics at the intersection of public health, rights, and justice in the twenty-first century. Students from law, public health, and other disciplines work in teams on projects, typically with outside partners, to address key mediators of health, with particular attention to concerns about equity. Readings and project approaches 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. A central goal of the clinic is to equip students with the capacity to engage critically and constructively with the evolving tools of law, policy, and rights in the context of health and human rights.

Please note that for Fall 2020, only the Advanced Global Health Justice Practicum is being offered (2 or 3 credits for YLS students; 1 credit generally for YSPH). The Advanced Practicum is open to both new and continuing students and is primarily focused on experiential project work. While there is not a weekly didactic seminar, students will participate in onboarding sessions at the start of the semester, project-oriented discussion sessions throughout the semester, and weekly team supervision meetings.


Fall 2020 Advanced Global Health Justice Practicum Project Overview:

For the past several years, the GHJP has been engaged in global, national and local work to support the health and rights of people involved in the sex sector. Since 2017, we have been working in collaborative partnership with the Sex Workers and Allies Network (SWAN) of New Haven, a grassroots advocacy and direct service organization rooted in harm reduction principles and led by and for people with lived experience in street-based sex work. Our projects evolve each semester according to our partners’ interests and needs as well as in response to changes at local, state and national levels in policies and programs affecting sex workers. Collectively, our work with SWAN and allied groups seeks to remove or minimize the harms of policing and criminal legal regulation on people in street economies, while simultaneously advocating for power and resources to be redirected to community-led, non-penal services and programs.  For fall 2020, the GHJP will continue working with SWAN and other partners in harm reduction.



The clinic is open to all graduate and professional school students. While the projects are designed to engage public health, legal, and policy approaches, students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

In general, we are looking for students who have:

  • Interest in learning about local city politics and institutions from a health justice perspective
  • Interest in harm reduction, sex worker rights and criminal legal system policies and practices
  • Competency in engaging ethically with community-based groups and an understanding of the dynamics and histories of structural oppression, criminalization and over-policing, trauma, and addiction that may impact people who trade sex, use drugs, and/or are houseless, etc.
  • Interest in working with an interdisciplinary team to address questions of health and rights justice
  • Specific projects may require specific skill sets (e.g., for some projects, experience with survey-based and qualitative data analysis may be helpful)


Fall 2020 Application Instructions for New Students:

  • Statement of Interest (max one page single-spaced): in the statement, students should describe their interest in health justice issues, as well as any relevant courses or experience
  • Resume
  • Law students should submit materials following the YLS bidding timeline and process
  • Non-law students should submit their materials to by August 14, 2020
  • We like to meet students and may ask to talk by phone/Zoom as part of the application process