Classes to Take at Rollins

By: Anuja Mathur– 2nd Year- Epidemiology

I think one of the hardest things, particularly when you’re an incoming first year, is choosing what electives to take. Most of you have two years to try and fit in everything you want, but it never feels like enough time!!! If you aren’t sure where to start, here is what I recommend:

  • Sketch out a schedule for each semester you’re here. Of course this is bound to change, but it helps balance department requirements with electives, especially since some classes are only offered in the Fall or Spring. Fall 2017 Course Catalog
  • Peruse previous semester syllabi and student reviews for classes you’re interested in. You only have access to these once you’re here, but they can be very useful to see what other students have thought about a class and what the workload looks like.
  • Talk to second years/your TA’s – they may have taken the class or know someone who has, and can guide you.

As a starting point, I posted on the current Rollins students Facebook page to find out what people’s favorite classes have been so far.

PLEASE keep in mind that this is by no means representative of all the great classes Rollins has to offer. Approximately 60 people provided input (which is small relative to how large our school is!), I asked people to only pick their favorite two, and many of the smaller courses won’t be listed because not many people have taken them and they tend to be more topic specific. 

With all that being said, below are the classes with the highest number of votes by department (with course numbers):

Behavioral Science and Health Education

  • 579: History of Public Health
  • 538: Qualitative Methods for Research and Evaluation
  • 522: Principles of Curriculum Instruction in Health Education


  • 550: Sampling Applications
  • 554: Introduction to R Programming
  • 502: Statistical Methods III

Environmental Health

  • 582: Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response


  • 568: Bias Analysis
  • 546: Methods in HIV Epidemiology
  • 591: Application of Epidemiology Concepts

Global Health

  • 560: Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs
  • 514: Communication for Healthy Behavior
  • 522: Qualitative Research Methods
  • 566: Immunization Programs and Policies

Health Policy & Management

  • 555: Healthcare Management in the Outpatient Setting
  • 554: Quality Improvement Methodology
  • 561: Public Health Law


  • 530: Geographic Information Systems

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