Behavioral Sciences & Health Education

 Behavioral Science & Health Education

Leah Howard

Hey y’all! My name is Leah, and I am a second-year student pursuing an MPH in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department. I was born and raised Atlanta (Well, really Conyers), and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Emory University with a major in Human Health and a minor in English. Immediately after graduation, I began working as a full-time ORISE Fellow at the CDC. If you’d asked me my freshman year of undergrad, I would’ve told you Medical School was my dream. That all changed when I took a Predictive Health course and learned about the incredible work of Public Health. Ever since, Public Health has been my passion. In undergrad, I worked with a group whose goal was to provide screenings for Affordable Care Act eligibility, increase student health literacy, and promote health in underserved communities. Along those lines, my interests lie in providing resources to those in underserved communities, including individuals located in food deserts or with limited to no access to health care. When I’m not in school or working, you can find me trying new food, playing tennis, or watching This is Us. I am so excited to share about my experiences at Rollins, and look forward to meeting all of you!

Josh Kaufmann

Hi Friends! I’m Josh, and I’m a second-year MPH student in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Originally from Maryland, I received a BA in Psychology from Elon University in North Carolina while also studying Public Health and Women’s/Gender Studies. I was extensively involved in campus health promotion initiatives as a peer educator, where I discovered my passions for sexual and reproductive health, facilitation, and social justice. I spent the two and a half years after graduation as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Thailand collaborating with local government agencies, teachers, and community members to develop sustainable youth development programs. Now I’m here – a student at Rollins, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, and Graduate Assistant with the Emory’s Office of Respect and I couldn’t be happier! I’m excited to share my Rollins experience and can’t wait to see y’all on campus next year!

Amanda Mohammed

Hi y’all! My name is Amanda and I’m a second-year BSHES student from Snellville, GA. I graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in 2018 with a BS in Rural Community Development. Currently, I’m a Graduate Research Assistant with the Emory Centers for Technical and Teaching Assistance working on a variety of projects spanning from Alzheimer’s to tobacco cessation. Recently I began working with the Georgia Dept. of Public Health as an EPI Assistant for the COVID-19 response. I am also involved with the Career Development Ambassadors (CDA), hold a position on the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT) exec board as the Community Outreach Liaison, and served as a Graduate Mentor/Facilitator for the Emory Pipeline Program (among many other things!). My academic interests include emergency management & response, health literacy, quality improvement, the social/contextual determinants of health, and rural health. When I’m not on campus you can find me trying new restaurants, volunteering at ATL festivals, traveling, and finding any excuse to pull out my camera. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions and I look forward to sharing my Rollins experience with you!

Kelly Quinn

Hello! I’m Kelly Quinn and I’m a second year BSHE student at Rollins School of Public Health! I spent my entire life in New York until moving to Atlanta this past August to start my MPH. I completed my undergraduate degree at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY in Political Science and Mass Communications. My capstone work in undergraduate was focused on structural systems of violence and the limitations they pose on the access of low SES populations to adequate education and infant mortality rates.  While repeatedly contemplating Law School, I continued to pursue other interests. In 2018 I completed a six month Web Development Intensive at Rutgers University, igniting my interest in Tech. I spend much of my free time learning additional coding languages (Python is my latest muse) and keeping up to date new developments in Tech. Exposure to User Experience Research and Design got my wheels turning on digital behavior and computer interactions that impact quality of life and health behavior choices.  Luckily, this lead me to begin researching programs in Public Health (Sorry news for Law School Admissions Councils everywhere, I’m sure). Ultimately, I chose Rollins because of the deeply established community Emory has to offer. Atlanta has proven to be, thus far, an incredibly vibrant and exciting place to live! In the world of non-academia and fun facts, I’ve bartended professionally for nearly a decade at some of the best cocktail bars in the world and worked for Bobby Flay for three years. I am a professionally trained actress, graduating from a two year program at the William Esper Studio in Manhattan. I am an avid fan of all things Space and traveling and am a mixed media artist.