Hey there! My name is Sammie and I am a second-year epidemiology student who is also pursuing the social determinants of health certificate here at Rollins. Growing up in a military family, I am from everywhere and nowhere, but most recently have been in Florida. I received my BS in nutritional sciences at the University of Florida in 2018. Though I was originally on a pre-med track, I quickly realized during my gap years that a career in public health better suited my interests. Being accepted to and attending Rollins has reaffirmed the daunting switch and now I couldn’t be happier with my decision! I have already learned so much in my first semester and I love the sense of community that exists among students and staff at Rollins, even in an online environment. My interests in public health include sexual health, women’s health, and the intersection of social determinants. Outside of school, I have a passion for movement, whether it be yoga, weightlifting, swimming, running, or dancing, I love it all. Additionally, I am so excited to explore the Atlanta food scene once the pandemic is over. Feel free to reach out, we are here for YOU!
Hello Everyone! My name is Ronak and I am a second-year epidemiology student at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. I obtained my Bachelor’s and Medical Degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. I am currently at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA pursuing additional training in preventive medicine focusing on health equity, advocacy, and policy. I plan to serve the community via a career in primary care with a focus on preventive medicine and public health to address social determinants at underserved population levels and to promote the overall health of society. We can encourage patients to optimize their health through preventive and lifestyle measures via evidence-based, rejuvenating, and sustainable solutions. Please feel free to reach out regarding any of these topics! Thank you!
Hi everyone! My name is Sahil and I am a second-year Epidemiology student at Rollins! I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area but lived in Austin, Texas for the past four years. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin this past May where I majored in Public Health and minored in Business. Alongside my degree in Epidemiology, I am participating in the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology certificate program. I recently started as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Goodman where I will be working with a group of students on a project regarding Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). Outside of Emory, I am working with a non-profit organization called CORE to provide free COVID-19 testing to all communities in the Atlanta area. My first few months at Rollins have been nothing short of what I expected coming in, and I look forward to taking many interesting classes and connecting with like-minded peers over the next couple of semesters. I mean what better time is there to be studying public health other than during a pandemic! In my free time, I really enjoy going on runs, hanging out with friends (pre-COVID times), hiking, exploring the city, and trying new restaurants! If you have any questions about my transition into Rollins, my experience thus far, or just want to talk, please feel free to reach out to me!
Hello! My name is Katy and I am a second-year MPH student in Epidemiology. I am originally from Tempe, AZ; but I have spent the last three years in Fort Collins, CO for undergrad at Colorado State University where I studied Microbiology. During my time at CSU, I was involved in a wide variety of non-academic organizations and worked in a lab focused on mathematical models of tuberculosis. I fell in love with the field of public health because of the ability for the work done in this field to make a huge impact on our present world. More specifically, I am interested in how mathematical models can be used to inform decisions about management of high-prevalence infectious diseases (i.e. tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV). I love Rollins because of the amazing community which the students here work to create and the fact that the program is designed to promote all-around student success. When I’m not at Rollins, you can find me work on fun crafts, going to the ice rink to skate, or looking for a cool new place to explore.
Callie McLean is pursuing her MPH in Epidemiology and is interested in infectious diseases, social determinants of health, and global health. She is originally from Charleston, SC and graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2019 with her B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Spanish. She is currently working as a graduate research assistant for IANPHI. When she’s not in class or working, you can find her trying all of Atlanta’s food options, enjoying Piedmont Park, or getting her steps in on the Beltline!
Hi, I’m Zia and I graduated in Medicine from Nishtar Medical College, Pakistan before practicing as a general practitioner for a year. I published two papers related to risk of thrombosis in patients having CVC and atypical presentation of TB in patients with DM. I received the Fulbright Award from US Department of State and got selected at one of the finest inclusive institutes of the US, Emory University. I am pursuing Epidemiology as a major and my research area of interest is liver and digestive diseases. I plan on pursuing internal medicine residency after the graduation.
Hi everyone! My name is Dan Popkin and I am a second- year Epidemiology student. I am originally from just outside of New York City. I recently graduated in May of 2020 from North Carolina State University, where I majored in Animal Science, as well as Biological Sciences. I also minored in both Zoology and Nutrition. During my time at NC State, I worked in an infectious disease research lab where I solidified my passion for public health. My public health interests include infectious diseases, One Health, and hospital-acquired infections. I chose to attend Rollins for the application-based learning opportunities, as well as the community dynamic that I felt. Currently, I am a REAL student working at the CDC in the One Health office. Outside of my coursework, I enjoy exploring the different restaurants and opportunities that Atlanta has to offer!