Global Health

Global Health

Morgan Fleming

Hey y’all! My name is Morgan Fleming, and I hail from Columbia, MD.  I am a first-year Global Health student with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and pursuing a certificate in Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health.  After graduating from Elon University with a degree in Chemistry in 2016, I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to teach high school science in a Title I school through Teach for America.  I decided to pursue my MPH because of the misinformation about vaccines I saw on social media spread by my contacts, and I wanted to gain the skills necessary to step in and educate my peers.  While at Rollins, I have discovered other passions such as infectious diseases, measles, and environmental justice.  If I’m not in class, I’m rewatching The Office for the umpteenth time, planning a get together for my friends, or trying a new brunch spot!  I love that Rollins has helped me discover new ideas that I’m passionate about and afford me many opportunities to grow my professional network.  I look forward to sharing more of my love for Rollins and Atlanta with you!


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Michelle Fletcher

Hey hey! My name is Michelle and I am a second-year Global Health student in the Community Health and Development concentration. I am originally from Oakland, California and a die-hard Golden State Warriors fan. GO DUBS! I graduated in 2017 with my Bachelor’s in Community Health Sciences. Prior to Rollins, I worked full time as a Research Associate on a HIV surveillance project at the health department in San Francisco. Currently, I am working on two projects as a Graduate Research Assistant in the BSHE and GH departments. One project focuses on PrEP integration for women in Title X family planning clinics in the metro-Atlanta area. The second project, which is also my REAL position, is assessing the feasibility and acceptability of a mobile HIV treatment clinic in Atlanta for patients who have fallen out of care. My experience here at Rollins has been so amazing and I have built so many relationships with faculty and my peers. Everyone here is so supportive and is really invested in the success of students. I love everything about Rollins and Atlanta, and I hope to share this love with you too!

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Melissa Holmes

Hello! My name is Melissa Holmes and I am a second-year Global Health Student with a concentration in Community Health Development. I am also pursuing the Mental Health Certificate. I am originally from South Florida but I graduated from THE University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2018 with a Bachelors in Global Studies and a minor in Neuroscience. My public health passions are sexual health and mental health in minority and international communities. In my first year at Rollins I have been afforded many opportunities such as a REAL position with Emory School of Medicine, Department of Infectious disease and Rollins Ambassadors. My love for this school and the city of Atlanta grow everyday and I am excited to share with you all exactly why that is!


Taylor Landay

My name is Taylor Landay and I am a Pittsburgh native who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2015 with a B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health and a certificate in Globalization. Post-college, I worked in D.C. doing cardiovascular research. Feeling the need to put my education into practice, I joined the Jewish Service Corps and served at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda for two years as a public health fellow. I am now a second-year Global Health MPH student at the Rollins School of Public Health. I also work part time at the CDC in the Birth Defects Surveillance Unit. In my free-time you can catch me in hot yoga or trying out all the vegan spots Atlanta has to offer.


Taylor Lee Chong

Hello! My name is Taylor Lee Chong and I’m a first year Global Health student with a
concentration in Community Health Development. I’m originally from New York, but I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, a small country in the Caribbean. For undergrad, I attended the University of Miami, where I double majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Religion and Healthcare. Whilst there, my passion for public health fostered, after learning about the social determinants of health. Therefore, with extensive experience in the biological sciences and cancer research, coupled with my passion for volunteerism and the social impacts of health, I decided that the best way of uniting all of my interests, would be to pursue an MPH degree at Emory, directly after undergrad. My public health interests are food insecurity, health equity and non-communicable diseases amongst minority populations. My favorite aspects of being a student at Rollins thus far, are the community’s overwhelming warmth, support, diversity and inclusivity of both faculty and students. In my spare time, you can find me in the gym at a HIIT class or trying out new healthy vegetarian spots in Atlanta. I am excited to share my Rollins experience with you and show you all countless opportunities that Rollins and Atlanta has to offer!


Kaitlyn Long

Hi everyone! My name is Kaitlyn and I am a first-year Global Health student in the Infectious Disease concentration. I am originally from the Philadelphia area, but attended Clemson University for my undergraduate studies (Go Tigers!). I graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Bioengineering. After graduation, I spent a year in Austin, TX completing an AmeriCorps term of service with an education non-profit that assists underserved high school and college students in achieving their dream of a college degree. I have known since the middle of undergrad that I wanted to pursue a career in public health, and Emory was the perfect place for me to study. Currently, I am working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities through the REAL program. Rollins is a supportive community full of driven students, passionate professors, and supportive faculty members. I have loved my time thus far and I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Rollins or Atlanta!


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Anjum Mandani

Hi there! My name is Anjum Mandani and I am a second-year in the Global Health department. I’m originally from India, but grew up in Tampa, Florida. I attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies in biology and anthropology, and after graduating in 2015 completed an internship at a hospital in Mombasa, Kenya and did health related research based in Ethiopia. I am pursuing an MPH at Emory with a concentration in Community Health Development in hopes of forging a career and life path at the intersections of women’s health, medicine, and anthropology in the developmental context. When I’m not studying or on campus, you can find me cooking with friends (and eating), hiking, listening to and playing music, and spending time with family! Rollins is a wonderful community to be a part of, and it’s refreshing to be around peers and faculty that are so passionate about what they do, and eager to help you achieve your goals. I hope you join our community and find as much fulfillment as I have here!


Courtney Pico

Hey! My name is Courtney Pico and I am a first-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health and Development. I am originally from Tucson, Arizona (T-loc for life!) I graduated from the University of Arizona in May with a bachelors in Public Health and Business Administration. I grew up going to U of A games and loved the school so much I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. BEAR DOWN, GO CATS!!! During undergrad I was able to go to Tanzania and Zanzibar for a few months to do research on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) and how WASH impacts nutrition alongside child and maternal health. During my last year of undergrad, I also got to intern at a nonprofit that helped homeless teens in Tucson finish high school and provide them free health resources. Currently, I am an intern for the CDC in the Epidemiology Workforce Branch working with the Science Ambassadors Fellowship program. Rollins has given me some of my best friends in just a matter of months and my love for this city keeps on growing. I love Rollins and Atlanta so much and I can’t wait to get you just as excited about all the opportunities Atlanta and Rollins has to offer as I am!


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Rikke Nedergaard

Hi there! My name is Rikke and I am a first-year MPH student of Global Health. I come from Denmark, but for the past four years before coming to Rollins I lived in Scotland where I completed an MA in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. My passion is working towards better mental health solutions, so I was thrilled when I after graduating from my undergraduate degree was offered the Bobby Jones Fellowship which took me here to one of the best schools of public health. At Rollins, I have gotten so many opportunities to work with mental health, which has been incredible. Aside from completing the certificate and taking classes on mental health, I am also a research assistant on a project about Mental Health and Gun Violence and next semester I will be teaching a mental health curriculum to high school students in the Emory Pipeline Program. My departmental concentration, however, is Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies, which has developed into a new interest for me since coming here. When I am not studying or working on mental health research you will find me socialising around campus where I am getting to know some of the kindest and most fascinating people I have ever met. This community is truly amazing and Rollins has so many opportunities that I would love to share with you!


Piper Shifflet

Hey! My name is Piper Shifflett and I am a first-year Global Health student with a concentration in Infectious Disease and a certificate in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology. I’m from Richmond, Virginia  and I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019, where I majored in  Biology and Global Public Health with minors in Bioethics and French. I also love to travel, and I studied abroad in France and spent a summer researching malaria in South Africa. I’m really interested in emerging infectious diseases, especially the impact of climate change on zoonotic diseases! Here at Rollins I have a REAL job working in a lab studying Salmonella Typhi, and I’m also a member of the Humanitarian Emergency Research Team (HERT). I’ve loved getting to explore Emory and Atlanta so far, and I can’t wait to share that experience with prospective students!


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Kate Schwenk

Hi! My name is Kate and I am a second-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health and Development and I am also pursuing a certificate in Humanitarian Emergencies. I attended Purdue University where I majored in Sociology and minored in Russian. After graduating I lived in St Petersburg, Russia where I completed a graduate certificate in Business Russian and worked at an NGO development center. When I returned to the States I spent several years working in emergency preparedness and disaster response with various agencies, such as my county health department and the Red Cross. I then spent two years in the Republic of Georgia as an Individual and Organizational Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps. I also served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in the Philippines for seven months, working on disaster response and recovery. Here at Rollins I am working as a REAL communications assistant for the Institute of Developing Nations and am involved in Outdoor Emory and the Humanitarian Emergencies Research Team (HERT).  I can’t wait to meet you and share everything that Emory and Atlanta have to offer!