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Clinic in Climate Justice, Law, and Public Health

In the course, interdisciplinary student teams carry out applied projects at the intersection of climate justice, law and public policy, and public health. Each team works with a partner organization (e.g., state agency, community organization, other nongovernmental organization) to study, design, and implement a project, typically through community-based participatory research practices. The course affords the opportunity to have a real-world impact by applying concepts and competencies learned in the classroom. This course should be of interest to graduate and professional students across the University and is open to Yale College juniors and seniors. In addition, this course is one of the options available to students to fulfill the practice requirement for the M.P.H. degree at YSPH and the capstone requirement for the M.E.M. degree at YSE. Students who plan to enroll must complete an application, which will be used to match each student with a clinic project. Check the course’s Canvas site or contact the Yale instructor at for more information.

Prerequisite: EHS 547 or permission of the instructor.

Faculty: Daniel Carrión, PhD

Past projects include:

  • Climate Justice for Persons Vulnerable to Heat Stress in Northern Manhattan.” Partner organization: WE ACT for Environmental Justice
  • Energy Justice and Health in a Changing Climate.” Partner organization: Operation Fuel, Inc.
  • Health & Environmental Justice in Alabama: Pollution Impacts in Two Low-Income African American Communities.” Partner organizations: Ashurst Bar/Smith Community Organization, Tuskegee University, Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice, and University of Maryland-College Park, and EJ Clinic at Vermont Law School
  • Managing Non-Communicable Diseases after Natural Disasters in the Caribbean.” Partner organization: Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Organization
  • Using Local Laws to Protect Communities from Cumulative Impacts.” Partner organizations: Public Interest Law Firm

The clinic is supported through a grant from the SNF Fund for the Integration of Theory and Practice.

Clinic publications: