Hey! My name is Theresa Bailey and I’m from Augusta, Georgia. I’m a student in the Department of Global Health here at Rollins, with a concentration in Community Health and Development. I’m also pursuing the Socio-contextual Determinants of Health Certificate. I graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. After graduation I moved to Mexico to carry out independent research on teenage pregnancy in rural communities. After a year there, I moved to Nicaragua where I lived for two years, working for the health program of a small non-profit. Through the REAL program at Rollins, I have been able to pursue my interests in sexual and reproductive health and adolescence. I work as a graduate research assistant for Kelli Hall in the BSHE department, whose work focuses on stress and the reproductive health of young women in the southeastern United States. I have also become very involved with student organizations, like the Association of Black Public Health Students. Rollins provides so many opportunities for students to deepen their skillsets while still being exposed to many different opportunities. Choosing this program was the best decision for me I cannot wait share more about my journey with all of you!
Hello! My name is Jacob Clemente and I am a second-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development. I was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to McKinney, Texas when I was 11. I completed my undergraduate degree in public health with a concentration in health policy and management from the University of Texas. My public health interests are in health policy and health communication, with hopes of working for an international nongovernmental organization. Rollins has provided me with so much in a short time; it has been truly enriching and enjoyable. In my first year, I served as an intern for the International Association of National Public Health Institutes. For my second year, I am working for the National Public Health Institutes Program at CDC. Over the summer, I completed my practicum with IRC WASH, a think-and-do tank that focuses on the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector in The Hague, Netherlands. I cannot wait to meet you and share my love of this school with you!
Hello! My name is Cori Dennison and I am a second year Global Health student with a focus in Infectious Diseases. I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s in Biological Anthropology with a minor in Biology. During my undergraduate degree I worked in a lab studying experimental immunology related to leprosy and plague in Medieval Europe. I have many interests, but I am passionate in learning about the biology and immunology of infectious diseases as well as the epidemiology surrounding them. Currently I am working as a REAL (Rollins Earn and Learn) Cancer Control Research Assistant for Emory University studying the HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccine within the state of Georgia. I came to Rollins because of the multitude of opportunities that are available to students that are pursuing public health as well as the incredibly friendly and personable faculty and staff on campus. The community here at Rollins has been so welcoming and I could not be happier to be a part of this program! Even though I am still fairly new to the area, I have loved my experiences at Rollins and living in Atlanta. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the program or life in Atlanta!
Hey there! I’m Shanaika Grandoit, a second-year Global Health Student in the Community Health Development concentration at Rollins. I was born in Boston Massachusetts and raised in Melbourne, Florida. I graduated from the University of South Florida with my Bachelors’ in Psychology. During the time leading to my first semester at Rollins, I worked with victims of human trafficking as a direct care advocate. It was during this time (along with my other experiences as an undergraduate student) that I realized I would like to attain an MPH in order to continue advocating for women and children’s health rights. Rollins was the perfect choice for me as the people I’m surrounded by continue to motivate and mentor me in this process of attaining my goals. From the moment I got here, everyone has shown genuine interest in my overall success and wellbeing. Atlanta is truly beautiful and a hub of various cultures and diversity, I hope you all find the city and Emory to be as amazing as I do!
Hi Everyone! My name is Ashley and I’m a second year Global Health student in the Community Health and Development concentration. While I have so much pride for my home state of Michigan, I completed my undergraduate degree in Ohio in 2017 and have loved being in Atlanta and at Rollins this past year. I work as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Global Health and as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Interfaith Health Program, and you can often find me attending special lectures about Religion and Health in my (limited) free time. I can’t wait to meet you and hope that you’ll also come to love everything that Rollins and Atlanta have to offer!
Hi! My name is Katherine and I am a second year in the Global Health department. I’m from Northern Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Bioethics. I have a concentration in Community Health Development and hope to work on improving health equity by addressing social determinants of health here and abroad. I spent my summer doing research in South Africa and I currently work at a free clinic and homeless shelter through the REAL program. I love my job and I’m grateful to Rollins for these opportunities! Rollins is a beautiful school and the students, faculty, and staff are very welcoming. Atlanta has so much to offer like hikes nearby, good sports, and a plethora great restaurants to explore. I hope you join our community and can’t wait to meet you!
My name is Alexandra Wickson and I’m a second year Global Health student concentrating in infectious disease. I grew up about 3 miles down the road from Emory and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. After graduating, I spent one year working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a lab doing research on Rocky Mountain spotted fever in ticks. Now I’m pursuing my MPH at Rollins and focusing on zoonotic diseases and emergency preparedness. On the weekends, you can find me rock climbing, hiking, or banding birds for research. The only bad thing I could say about Rollins is that two years isn’t enough to get involved in all the awesome opportunities we have. I can’t wait to show you why Rollins and Atlanta are so wonderful!