My name is Tyla Adams and I am a first-year in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. As a Navy Brat, I have grown up and lived in a few places, but my family currently resides in North Carolina. I graduated from East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) in the Fall of 2017 with my BS in Public Health Studies and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. Currently, I am the Community Learning and Social Medicine Project Coordinator with Emory Urban Health Initiative, which perfectly aligns with my future goals and current interests. My public health interests include adolescent and child health, minority women’s health, and behavioral health. I decided to commit to Rollins because this program is designed for the public health professionals who are innovative and progressive, and I knew that it would equip me with the tools to become a distinguished public health professional. I can’t wait to show you all countless opportunities that Rollins and Atlanta has to offer!
Fun facts: I enjoy yoga, love all things Beyoncè, and studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand.
Hi there! I’m Shanthi, and I’m a current first-year student pursuing my MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education with a certificate in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology. I’m originally from Orland Park, IL, and I came to Rollins right after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!!) with a B.S. in Molecular Biology with minors in Global Health, German, and Leadership. I first became interested in public health through my coursework and through volunteering at a charity pharmacy in undergrad. I then interned at a youth center where I developed programming centered around health and wellness for middle-schoolers, and I returned the following year to serve as a summer Americorps member. These experiences led me to find my public health interests in adolescent health, specifically understanding how our environment and lifestyles shape human health and development, both biologically and behaviorally. Currently, I work as a Peer Support Specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes-Spalding to provide health education to adolescent patients, and outside of work and classes, I am a member of the Rollins Environmental Health Action Coalition and Emory’s University Chorus. I’m so grateful to be at Rollins and to be a part of a welcoming and talented community that’s passionate about public health, and I’m excited to share it with you! Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and I look forward to meeting you!
Hi everyone! My name is Chloe, and I’m a first year MPH student in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. I am from Grand Rapids, MI, and stayed in Michigan to complete my undergraduate degree in English at the University of Michigan (go blue!). I moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2018, and have been enjoying my time in the city and at Rollins so far. I discovered the field of public health my junior year as an undergrad while I was on an alternative spring break trip in El Salvador helping provide elementary schoolgirls the infrastructure to lead healthier lives such as building a safe-water drinking fountain. I chose Rollins for a multitude of reasons with the major ones being: commitment of faculty, staff, and fellow students to helping you succeed, job opportunities in Atlanta, and the career development resources present at Rollins (coming from the Midwest, the mild winters also sold me!) I currently work as a clinical research assistant for with the Women’s Interagency HIV Study at Grady Hospital’s Ponce De Leon Clinic. My interests lie around women’s health and my ideal career would incorporate aspects of health education, promotion, and policy over women’s health issues. When I’m not working or in school you can find me hiking, trying new restaurants, and attempting to train for a half-marathon. I am excited to share my Rollins experience with you and to learn why you are passionate about public health!
Hi y’all! My name is Ava and I’m from Louisville, KY. I went to the University of Kentucky ( Go Cats!!) where I studied Anthropology and Health, Society, & Populations with a minor in biology. I thought I was going to be a doctor, but discovered I was horrible at chemistry so it wasn’t until my junior year when I finally found and fell in love with public health. After graduation I took a gap year and during that time I interned with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness with the Center for Health Equity where I researched local ordinances and their potential effects on health. I fell in love with Rollins after Visit Emory with the community and all the opportunities offered to me. Currently I work at Hollis Innovation Academy at the HEALing Community Center’s school clinic where I work as an organization assistant helping with the clinic’s day to day activities and recently I’ve been working on developing a Health Champions program for the students. I just moved to Atlanta so I’m still discovering this amazing city. If you’re interesting in traveling, discovering new foods, or talking about health equity I’m your girl!
Hello! My name is Darian. I moved to Atlanta after I graduated in 2017 from the University of South Carolina with my Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Go Cocks! Public Health was my fourth major in undergraduate and I did not discover my true interest until completing an exchange program at the University of Idaho my junior year. There, I was able to work with Vandal Health Services and found my love for educating my peers and eventually found my way pursuing a Masters at Rollins in the department of Behavioral Science and Health Education (BSHE). I fell in love with Rollins due to the opportunities and atmosphere outside the classroom. The school feels like home because everyone is full of support and guidance, rooting for eachother to succeed. In regards to outside activities, I have become involved with the Clarkston Connections course and volunteer with the refugee community through an organization at Goizueta Business School called Start:ME. I am also the treasurer for the Emory Reproductive Health Association for 2018. I am passionate about sexual health education, having been a part of BedsiderU at USC and continuing at Emory through Sexpert. I believe Rollins, especially BSHE, is going to give me the skills necessary to go out and change sexual health education for the better of future generations. I am thrilled to share my experience with you as a Student Ambassador and show each person that walks through the doors how wonderful and welcoming Rollins truly is.
Hey y’all! My name is Robert Fairman, and I am a second year MPH student in the Behavioral Science and Health Education Department. I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, then decided to head to the beach for my undergraduate degree. I graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May 2017 where I majored in Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health Education. I also sat for my Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification upon graduation, and was awarded my CHES in June. During my time as an undergrad, I had the opportunity to work as a Health Educator both for UNCW as well as the New Hanover County Health Department, where I was a HIV/STD Outreach Coordinator and Health Educator. During my summers, I worked with Carolinas Healthcare System as an Infection Prevention Summer Term Associate, as well as a Community Health Summer Term Associate. I currently work at CDC in the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion as a Research Assistant on the Prevention and Response Team. What drew me to Rollins was the commitment the faculty, staff, and students make sure they produce top-tier, industry leaders. When I toured MPH programs, RSPH was the only program that stated their graduates would shape the world, and not just the region the program was in. RSPH is a special place, where everybody wants you to succeed and make a difference. I look forward to meeting you, and learning about why public health is your passion.
Hey! I’m Joya Faruque, and I’m a BSHE student who loves Atlanta, my hometown! I graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 certified to teach Early Childhood Education with a concentration in special education. Before attending Rollins, I taught special needs preschool in Fairburn, Georgia, not too far away from Atlanta. I thought I would teach forever, as I really loved working directly with students and their families, chairing School Governance Council, serving on the Superintendent’s Council, and various other professional development programs. However, during my years of teaching, I observed many symptoms of larger public health issues that exist and impede the educational success of the students and families I wanted to serve. For these reasons, I applied to the BSHE program. At Rollins, I am learning about the socio-ecological contexts on population health, the history of public health development, health education, and a variety of other topics that builds my skill set to truly impact my community. At Rollins, I feel that my non-health background is valued, and I am confident the wonderful professors, advisors, and community want to help me succeed! Currently, I am a Career Development Ambassador, a Graduate Assistant for the Health Innovation Program. I hope to hope to begin my internship at the Center for Disease Control’s Division of Birth Defects in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
Hey, y’all! My name is Jake Horvath and I am a second year in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. I was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I attended the Ohio State University where I received my Bachelors of Science in Public Health with a concentration in environmental public health. I am particularly interested with LGBTQ+ health and mental health, especially among college-age adults. Currently, I am working as a House Director within the Office of Residence Life at Emory. I also work as an Independent Consultant Outward Bound, Research Interviewer for Georgia Department of Public Health, and Graduate Assistant for the Center for Student Success Programs and Services at Emory. I was drawn to Rollins for its renowned reputation and commitment of the faculty, staff, and students to their work and the field of public health. Rollins is a place like no other; the faculty are genuinely interested in the success of their students, opportunities to explore your public health interests are endless, and the skills that you will develop are unmatched. I am excited to meet you, share my experience, and learn why you are passionate about public health.
I’m Alanna! I grew up in Florida and studied biology and psychology at the University of Central Florida before working for two years for the United States Senate. I am currently a second year student at Rollins in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (BSHE) department also pursuing a certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). My public health interests include infectious disease and outbreak prevention, food and water borne illnesses, and adolescent health education. I am currently a research assistant in a clinical and microbiology lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the RSPH campus liaison for the Georgia Society of Public Health Education (GASOPHE). I absolutely love ATL and can be found constantly exploring, dancing ballet and salsa, or reading about anything and everything. Rollins as well as the city of Atlanta have countless opportunities for everyone and my experience has been nothing short of amazing. I’m super excited to share it with you as a Student Ambassador so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
Hello, my name is Sam Saxena and I am a first-year Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (BSHE) student here at the Rollins School of Public Health. I am originally from Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from UMBC (Go Retrievers!) in 2015. I worked in Baltimore for two years as an HIV outreach worker (one year with AmeriCorps before my health center hired me full-time). I then moved to Greensboro, NC where I was a public health advisor for the state health department, focusing on eliminating the transmission of STIs. I have a passion for health education, which prompted me to pursue my MPH here at Emory! Currently, I work with the Office of Admission and Student Services to help promote health and well-being for all Rollins students. I am also one of the elected department representatives for student government! I’m definitely a people person and look forward to meeting you!
Hi! My name is Mariama Tounkara and I am originally from Conakry, Guinea by way of Accra, Ghana and Columbus, Ohio. I am a second-year student in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department and also enrolled in the Maternal and Child Health Certificate Program. I graduated from THE Ohio State University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Global Public Health. After my undergraduate career I spent a year serving with AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps as a Marketing and Outreach Personnel at The Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers. That same year I also co-founded Strides For Guinea, Inc. a non-profit organization with a mission of implementing realistic and sustainable change to the public health system in Guinea, as well as offer an all-inclusive community-based health education, that will raise awareness about environmental pollution and encourage community self-reliance. I am currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Dawn Comeau in the BSHE department. I chose Rollins because I knew it will imbue me with the education, leadership, and management skills needed to champion issues that I care about such as health equity, health disparities and social justice. Additionally, the BSHE program promotes a multicultural environment in order to give students a cross-cultural understanding of public health. I look forward to sharing my Rollins experience with you, and you me. Welcome to Rollins and I hope you enjoy all that Rollins and Atlanta has to offer!