My name is Tyla Adams and I am a second-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 second-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. Last year, I worked as a Peer Support Specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes-Spalding to provide health education to adolescent patients. This year, I’m a Graduate Research Assistant with the Emory 3q29 Project in the Department of Human Genetics, helping to study the human phenotype of individuals with 3q29 Deletion Syndrome. I am also 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 second 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 of college while I was on an alternative spring break trip helping provide elementary school girls with resources that promote health. 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 with the Women’s Interagency HIV Study at Grady Hospital’s Ponce De Leon Clinic. My interests lie in 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!
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.
Hi there! My name is Katie and I’m a first-year student pursuing my MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education with a certificate in Maternal and Child Health. Originally from Cornwall, NY, I’ve called D.C. home for the past 6 and 1/2 years. I graduated from George Washington University in 2016 with a B.A. in International Affairs (Concentration: Global Public Health) and a minor in Psychology. Both my mom and brother work in healthcare so it came as no surprise that they encouraged me to try a public health course in undergrad. During undergrad, I interned with Save the Children, which put me on the path that I’m on today. Before coming to Rollins, I was a senior project management associate for Chemonics International Inc., where I supported a global health supply chain project in Francophone Africa and Haiti. I decided to attend Rollins after talking with many Rollins Ambassadors in BSHE and Global Health, in addition to many recent alumni. My interests lie in sexual and reproductive health and community health development. If you’re interested in maternal and child health, I also happen to be the current first year rep and would love to chat :)! When I’m not in class or doing homework, you can find me out for a run around campus, testing out the Atlanta food scene, or (starting soon) working at the CDC with the Emergency Response and Recovery branch. Welcome to Rollins!
Hey y’all! My name is Leah, and I am a first-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!
My name is Bria Jarrell and I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from Emory College in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and Classical Civilizations. After graduation I served as a teacher at Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy for 2 years, teaching videogame design, engineering, and agricultural science. I am currently a first-year graduate student at Rollins School of Public Health focusing on Behavioral Science and Health Education. My passions have to do with researching socio-ecological determinants of health, mental health policy, and increasing access to healthcare services. I am currently helping develop the Black Women in the Wilderness program at the Center for Women. Outside of the Center for Women, I enjoy trying new restaurants, working out, discovering new places around Atlanta.
Hi Friends! I’m Josh, and I’m a first-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!
Hi y’all! My name is Amanda and I’m a BSHE student from Snellville, GA. I graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 2018 with a BS in Rural Community Development. My discovery of public health discovered happened before I even knew it was public health. From taking up an interest in farmworker health, health literacy, telemedicine and interning in the public affairs department at the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, I realized that public health would allow me to continue an inter-disciplinary focus. After graduation I took a gap year and worked full-time at a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare funded grant department in a rural hospital as a social needs screener. 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. I am also involved with the Career Development Ambassadors (CDA), the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT), and in Spring 2020 will take on the role as Graduate Mentor/Facilitator for the Emory Pipeline Program teaching public health curriculum with a socio-contextual focus to 12th grade students. 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!
Hello! I’m Kelly Quinn and I’m a first 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.
Hello, my name is Sam Saxena and I am a second-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!