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    • 21416-01
    • †Global Health and Justice Practicum
    • Kapczynski
      Miller
      Gonsalves
    • Tue 12:10 PM-2:00 PM
    • 3
    • Professional Skills
    • experiential
    • not applicable
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    †Global Health and Justice Practicum (21416). 3 units. 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. Students will have the opportunity to 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 will 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.

    A central goal of the class 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 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. Students will work on projects in teams and be evaluated by their work product rather than a final exam.

    The practicum is a cornerstone in the Global Health Justice Partnership between the Yale Law School and the School of Public Health. There will be several clinic projects, and student interest will be taken into account when selecting project teams. Previous projects have focused, for example, on building a framework for UN accountability for the introduction of cholera to Haiti, and onaddressing barriers to access to new Hepatitis C treatment in low and middle income countries. Projects may also relate to US 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). Resources will be available for travel for students and faculty as needed. The course will be designed for a mix of public health students and law students, though select students from other disciplines may also be admitted. This course meets the YSPH OPHP practicum requirement for Masters/Public Health Students.

    This course will meet according to the Law School calendar. Permission of the instructors required. Enrollment limited to twelve. Also CDE 596b. A. Kapczynski, A. Miller, and G. Gonsalves.

    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.

    Course Bidding: In addition to listing the course among experiential course selections, students should submit a CV and statement of interest. In the statement, law students should describe their interest in work on global and local health issues, as well as any relevant courses or other experience. Public Health 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. (Students outside of public health and law may be admitted to the course, and should write the instructors about the application materials required.) Law students should submit the materials by 4:30 p.m. on December 10. Other students should send materials to meredith.berger@yale.edu by 4:30 p.m. on December 10.

    Note: Because project work begins immediately, and is collaborative and intense, this is not a class that students will have the opportunity to "shop." Admitted students will be given early notice and asked to confirm their commitment to the course before the opening of the add/drop period. 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.

    Location: SLB - 112 (Tue)
    Grade mode: graded
    CRN: 20405

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