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 passio
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!
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!