The Global Health and Justice Practicum, with support from the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights, addresses critical topics at the intersection of public health, rights, and justice in the 21st century. Students explore analytic and practical frameworks that engage a diverse range of legal conceptions and processes that act as key mediators of health, including producing or responding to health disparities in the United States and worldwide. 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 addressed, and to build their competence to work with colleagues in other disciplines around such interventions.

The class equips students with the capacity to engage critically and constructively with the evolving tools of law, policy, and rights in the context of global health. Through readings and real-world projects the students will have an opportunity to explore the means by which--and with what limitations--law, policy, and rights can be used as tools to promote health within a global context. Previous projects have focused on building a framework for UN accountability for the introduction of cholera to Haiti, and on addressing barriers to access to new Hepatitis C treatment in low and middle-income countries. Projects may also relate to U.S. law and policy (for example, one recent project addressed state laws that create criminal penalty enhancements for sex workers with HIV, and another addressed the implications of recent free speech jurisprudence for the FDA's regulatory authority).


Alice Miller

Law and Health at Yale Law School

Yale Law School's Law and Health Initiative brings together students and faculty with practitioners and policy makers at the intersection of law, policy, and health.

Ways to Engage

Our Clinics

Yale Law School offers more than 30 clinics that provide students with hands-on, practical experience in the law on a diverse range of subject matters.


Yale Law School offers a suite of innovative simulation courses based on real-world case studies.

Centers and Workshops

Yale Law School enhances the intellectual life of its academic community by sponsoring a variety of centers, programs, and workshops, inspired by the interests of its faculty and students.

Yale is the one place where going to law school doesn’t mean sitting on the sidelines; it means making headlines.”

Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law