Interested in working for course credit on an exciting practical project that links climate change and public health?


Apply for this Spring Term course opportunity, EPH 555b, Practicum in Climate Change, Sustainability, and Public Health (instructor: Robert Dubrow), taught at the School of Public Health and open to graduate and professional students and undergraduate juniors and seniors from across the University. The course will meet on Thursdays, 10:00 am to 11:50 am. Students find the practical experience and real-world impact of this course to be very rewarding, but it is also a lot of work.

Course Description:

In this course, interdisciplinary student teams (3-5 students each) carry out applied public health research or practice projects in the area of climate change, sustainability, and public health. Each team works with a sponsoring organization (e.g., unit within Yale, local health department).


  • Thursday, November 9

Information Session from 5-6pm in LEPH 424, 60 College St.

  • Wednesday, November 15

Application deadline

  • Monday, November 20

Applicants notified

  • Late November or early December (to be determined)

Course Workshop (required)

  • Thursday, January 18

First class – 10:00 am to 11:50 am, LEPH 103

Course syllabus:

You can find the course syllabus here.

These are the projects:



Yale Food Waste Reduction Initiative

Yale Hospitality

Air Quality Impacts of the ExxonMobil Refinery in Beaumont, Texas (some or all members of the team will need to spend spring break in Beaumont, paid for by the course)

Environmental Justice Clinic, Yale Law School

Air Quality Impacts of the Stone’s Throw Landfill in Tallassee, Alabama (some or all members of the team will need spend spring break in Tallassee, paid for by the course)

Environmental Justice Clinic, Yale Law School

Climate and Health Benefits of Solar-Powered Pump-Out Boats

East Shore District Health Department (East Haven, Branford, North Branford)

Carbon footprint impact of reduction in unnecessary prostate biopsies (some members of the team will need to be proficient in SAS)

Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine, Departments of Urology and Anesthesiology

Note to MPH students: This course is one of the options available to fulfill the practice requirement for the MPH degree.
Questions and additional information: Contact Dr. Robert Dubrow