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    • 30168-01
    • †Global Health and Justice Practicum: Seminar
    • Kapczynski
      Miller
      Gonsalves
    • Tue 12:10 PM-2:00 PM
    • 2
    • Professional Skills
    • experiential
    • not applicable
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    †Global Health and Justice Practicum (30168) and Fieldwork (30169). 4 units (2 units for each component).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 GHJP projects have focused, for example, on analyzing and documenting the public health, scientific, and legal ramifications of the Ebola quarantines in the US; building a framework for UN accountability for the introduction of cholera to Haiti; addressing barriers to access to new hepatitis C treatment in low and middle income countries; reforming the compensation system for miners with silicosis, tuberculosis, and other occupational lung disease in Southern Africa; and addressing the US policy response to obstetric fistula.

    There will be several clinic projects for spring 2016, and student interest will be taken into account when selecting project teams. Projects for next semester will include: (1) challenging anti-abortion legislation in Brazil, with an NGO partner in Brazil, and (2) working with a US NGO partner to analyze the health and human rights impact of ‘diversion courts’ as a response to the failed strategies of enforcing prostitution law at the local level in the U.S.. A third project will likely relate either to health and human rights issues in the garment sector in India, or campaigning for open access to data from clinical trials in the U.S.

    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 up to 10 hours outside of class each week (on average) on their projects, and for possible travel (typically during spring break) depending on the project. Resources will be available for travel for students 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 and an application must be submitted by the deadline noted below. 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.

    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. 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.



    IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING:
    • Yale Law School Students: 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.
    • Yale Public Health students should submit a CV and a statement of interest in policy and legal issues related to health, and any relevant courses or other experiences at the law/policy/health intersection.
    • Yale Graduate Students outside of public health and law may be admitted to the course, and should write the instructors about the application materials required. In the past, students from the Jackson Institute, the medical and management schools have been enrolled, and the course is open to any graduate or professional student at Yale.

    Law students should submit the materials by 4:30 p.m. on December 10 to the YLS registrar through the bidding system. All other students should send materials to Katy Lawder at Health.justice@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." 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
    Note:Students accepted in the practicum section will also be enrolled in the fieldwork section. Both sections must be taken simultaneously.

    Location: SLB - 112 (Tue)
    Grade mode: graded or credit/fail
    CRN: 20157

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