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.

Applications are now closed.



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

Application deadline: 11:59pm, 1/28

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. This instructive, fast-paced Intensive is suited for students that want to develop or refine data skills and use data analytics to inform decision making in their career. Most of the intensive will center on skill-building and the process and ethics of handling data and communicating results. This intensive is not designed to be a substitute for a statistics or computer science course. Instruction begins at a low level and is best suited for beginners in Python.


Design to Empower: Reimagining Medical Decision Tools

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

Application deadline: 11:59pm, 1/28

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. We are moving from telling people what to do to engaging people to make an informed choice. The problem is that we lack tools that can help non-experts understand the basic information necessary to make decisions that are right for them. If medicine is to successfully make this transition, we will need tools and visualizations that enable people to choose. 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?

This is a highly interactive course which will include some didactics, but also workshops on prototype development and real-time feedback. We seek students with an interest in design, medicine, healthcare delivery, decision-making, or computer analytics to apply. We will organize students into multidisciplinary teams with complimentary skill sets to prototype tools.


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

Application deadline: 11:59pm, 2/17

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

Application deadline: 11:59pm, 2/6

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.

The Knowledge Equity Intensive is for you if you: 

  • care deeply about a cause, but you’re not sure what kind of action would be most impactful (or that you are personally equipped or positioned to create) 

  • can’t seem to choose a single cause that matters to you, because they all matter to you and you see them as interconnected

  • get overwhelmed by the scope and urgency of all of the issues there are to care about, making any practical action seem grossly insufficient

  • want to learn how to map and understand the complex systems that social and environmental problems exist within

  • are skeptical about whether starting a venture or organization would actually be productive—and you want to understand other models for collaborating, contributing, and making change in partnership with others and the communities you seek to serve

  • want to understand yourself better, and the issue(s) you care about, so that you can better know the system you’re hoping to impact to help others

  • are passionate about putting communities at the heart of social change initiatives

  • want to have frameworks for thinking about ethics, power, and privilege when it comes to your own role in leading and contributing to positive change

  • you have more questions than answers - and some of those questions keep you up at night!

This Intensive is part of the Knowledge Equity Initiative (KEI), which focuses on how we can meaningfully and equitably value the knowledge gathered through lived experience to lead social change, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The KEI is a groundbreaking research, education, and practice hub seeking to share knowledge and learning across local, national, and global communities.

Paper to Prototype: App Design Basics

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

Application deadline: 11:59pm, 2/4

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 four-session program 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.

  • You do not need any prior experience with Adobe products or graphic design for this Intensive, but you should be prepared to dive into it.

  • You will be working on the same app through the four sessions, so you should come with an idea that you want to work on. It does not have to be fleshed out — just something that’s exciting to you.

  • The sessions should be self-contained and you should be able to do most of the work inside the session, but office hours and 1-on-1 time are available if you have questions outside of the sessions. You will get out what you put into this intensive.

All Intensives use a single application.