Making the Most of Your Classes: Electives

By: Katherine Milazzo – Global Health

A master’s degree only requires 42 (MPH) to 48 (MSPH) credits at Rollins, but many students choose to take more credits than required to maximize their experience at RSPH. Emory’s distinctive strength in graduate programs means that master’s students can take courses from world-class professors at the Goizueta Business School, Candler School of Theology, Emory Law School, Laney Graduate School, and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, among others. Rollins also offers courses cross-listed with other schools at Emory, so many of these will count towards your degree credits.

image1 (2)If you want to learn skills such as how to use a certain software, try classes like BIOS 544 (Intro to R), INFO 530 (GIS), or BIOS 531 (SAS Programming). If you want to take courses that are relevant politically, try EH 582 (Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response), HPM 531 (Contemporary Issues in Health Economics and Healthcare Management), GH 571 (Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases), GH 530 (GEMMA – Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion), BSHE 560R (Public Health Advocacy and State Policy), or GH 507 (Health as Social Justice).

Take advantage of the great schools Emory has and try a cross-listed course or a course available for enrollment for public health students. GH 536 (Religion and Health in Context: HIV) is a great course taught by Rollins professor John Blevins but is also available for students at the Candler School of Theology, similar to his other course, GH 593 (Topics in Religion and Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health) and professor Mimi Kiser’s GH 519 (Faith and Health: Transforming Communities), or you can take courses from other instructors such as SR 689 (Globalization, the Poor, and the Church).

Courses at the Goizuetta Business School include OAM 526 (Nonprofit Management), OAM 661 (Applied Entrepreneurship), and OAM 632 (Negotiations), and others. The ADAPs (Associate Directors of Academic Programs) will send out a course listing each semester if you’re interested in taking courses alongside MBA and other business students. Courses at other schools could include GRAD 700R (Eating Ethics) at the Center for Ethics or EPI 508R (Maternal and Child Health Leadership Collaborative Seminar), which includes instructors from the Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia State University.

If you want to take courses that study public health issues in specific populations, look at the Rollins course catalog for issues that spark your interest. These courses could include EPI 516 (Issues in Women’s Health), BSHE 567 (LGBTQ Health), EPI 523 (Correctional Healthcare), GH 559 (Gender and Global Health), and EPI 567 (Epi of Aging Populations). Courses on specific diseases include EPI 584 (Cancer Epi), EPI 546 (HIV Epi), GH 562 (Tuberculosis Epi) and EPI 561 (Obesity Epi), or could be focused on a broader category of diseases, such as GH 583 (Introduction to Global Mental Health), GH 551 (Diet and Chronic Disease), or EPI 550 (Epi and Dynamics of STD and HIV Transmission).

Emory has a wealth of resources and provides Rollins students with access to high quality education across many disciplines. Don’t hesitate to step outside of Rollins during your course career!