Intensives are multi-session, cohort-based experiential learning opportunities that go deep on a specific topic. Our spring 2019 Intensives are:


12 sessions: Mondays, 1/14 - 3/25

A joint program between CITY and Yale New Haven Health System’s Clinical Redesign Group will provide students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines a first-hand look at challenges facing frontline clinicians and healthcare providers, inviting students to provide a fresh perspective and create innovative solutions to some of healthcare’s toughest challenges.


Four sessions, 5-7pm: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27

The Data for Impact 101 Intensive, produced in partnership with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, provides students with an opportunity to learn tools of the data analytics trade and apply them to gain insight and understanding of unique challenges. The intensive will focus on how data can be used impactfully, with examples from researchers and practitioners on how working with data can make a positive difference in the world.

Design to Empower: Reimagining Medical Decision Tools

Five sessions, 6-8pm: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5

Medicine is emerging from its paternalistic past to embrace an era of helping patients weigh their options and make choices that best fit their values, preferences, and goals. Currently, we lack tools that can help non-experts understand the basic information necessary to make decisions that are right for them. We will work together on a common decision: whether someone should take a statin drug. The goal is to come up with various prototypes that can help people decide whether they want to take this drug for the rest of their life in order to reduce their risk of heart disease. Can we create innovative ways to support these decisions? How will we know if we have succeeded? Can the solution be scaled and applied to other decisions? Can we empower people of various backgrounds and health literacy levels to take charge of their health decisions?


One session (full day): 3/30, 9am-5pm

Join us for a daylong Intensive in which we will explore our relationships with traditional plant-based products and traditional foods, and the complexities around various models of their commercialization. This Intensive, a partnership with the Yale Landscape Lab and the Yale Sustainable Food Program, will explore ethnobotany, plant medicine, and traditional foods, subjects that have been a central part of health and sustenance around the world, and which now are often commodified and sometimes exploited. The intensive will be hands-on and exploratory, guided by facilitators and speakers from various traditions and fields. 

We will explore the business and entrepreneurial landscape of traditional food and plant medicines, looking at the tensions between appropriation, exploitation, fair trade, the protection of Indigenous food and herbal practices, and health. We will also meet some plants directly in the woods of the Landscape Lab, and get hands-on with plants in medicinal and culinary uses.

Knowledge Equity

Five sessions, 5-7:30pm: 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/26, 4/2

The Knowledge Equity Intensive will engage students who care deeply about social issues and creating positive social change. Participants will explore approaches to valuing lived experience and expertise in social impact design and innovation, and reflect on their own motivations and disposition in order to define opportunities for building equitable, impactful collaborations for positive change.  

The Intensive will be led by Tsai CITY staff, including CITY’s Innovator In Residence Baljeet Sandhu—an award-winning UK human rights lawyer whose work spans human rights, social innovation, and social and economic justice, as well as Knowledge Equity Initiative Associate Cortney Ahern. We will also be co-creating the program with the 2019 Neighbors in Residence fellows, providing students a valuable opportunity to connect with and learn from inspiring New Haven community leaders.

Paper to Prototype: App Design Basics

Four sessions, 6:30-8:30pm: 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/26

If you’ve ever had an idea for an app but didn’t know how to start making it a reality, this Intensive is for you! This Tsai CITY Intensive is a no-programming-necessary crash course in designing, prototyping, and testing apps. We will be learning the basics of user interface design, app storyboarding, wireframing, building a visual system and brand, and user testing. The workshops will walk through specific tools and techniques of app design, and by the end of the workshop you should have an interactive mockup of an app built in Adobe XD.

Applications are now closed for all Intensives.