Global Health

Global Health

Shakila Ali

Hi! My name is Shakila Ali and I am a first-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development and a certificate in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida in 2019. I’m primarily interested in refugee and humanitarian health, human rights, and health disparities. The Rollins School of Public Health has so much opportunity to tailor your degree and experience towards your specific interests. One thing I greatly appreciate about the school is the strong sense of community and network. I’m grateful to be here and look forward to providing as much input as I can to incoming and prospective students. Aside from the academics and program, Atlanta has so much to explore and see ranging from nature trails and parks to unique coffee shops and local spots. I look forward to sharing as much as I can with you about the city and school!

Sarah Chelli
Sarah Chelli

Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Chelli. I am a first-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development, pursuing the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) certificate. I’m originally from central New Jersey and I graduated from Rutgers University in 2020 with a double major in Public Health and Spanish. While in undergrad, I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and Panama where I was able to learn more about community health and health education programs, specifically program planning and implementation. Health education and WASH are just two of my many public health interests. One of my favorite things about Rollins is that there are so many ways to combine and explore your interests by taking classes outside of your department and joining different clubs! Outside of classes, I currently work as a COVID-19 Contact Tracer for my local health department in NJ. Whenever I have free time you can find me stress baking, buying more plants for my apartment, or exploring the Atlanta food scene. I’m super excited to share my Rollins and Atlanta experiences with you!

Morgan Fleming

Hey y’all! My name is Morgan Fleming, and I hail from Columbia, MD.  I am a second-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!

Taylor Lee Chong

Hello! My name is Taylor Lee Chong and I’m a second 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!

Sofia Huster
Sofia Huster

Hey everyone! My name is Sofia Huster and I am a first-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development. I am originally from Indiana (Hoosier nation!), but attended undergrad at Elon University in North Carolina, where I majored in Public Health and Spanish and worked with my local health department. After graduation, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with a healthcare non-profit in North Carolina that focuses on increasing access and affordability of healthcare for vulnerable populations. My public health interests include addressing racism and homophobia as public health problems, health equity, and mental health among LGBTQ+ people and POC. I am currently working remotely as a Health Equity Report Researcher at the Center for Health Equity in Louisville, KY through the REAL program. My passion for social justice has informed my pursuit of Public Health and motivated me to attend Rollins. Here at Rollins, I have met so many amazing people and experienced a wealth of support that I can’t way to share with you! When I am not working or studying, you can most likely find me outside hiking, exploring, or trying out new coffee and food spots.

Aishwarya Iyer
Aishwarya Iyer

Hi y’all! My name is Aishwarya (she/her/hers) and I’m a first year Global Health student pursuing a concentration in Community Health Development and Certificate in Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health. I’ve lived in many places, but most recently, home for me is Dallas, Texas. Before I came to Rollins, I was (am!) in medical school; I took a break between my third and fourth years to pursue an MPH. I’m primarily interested in sexual and reproductive health, and my goal is to become a primary care physician who spends her career working at the intersection of medicine and public health. Outside of the classroom, I pride myself on being an avid foodie with the best recommendations (seriously, ask any of my friends), and in my spare time, I love to bake, Netflix (currently on Grey’s Anatomy), and explore what Atlanta has to offer. In spite of the challenges that current circumstances have created (pandemic, election, 2020 in general), I am loving it here and I’m happy to chat about my experience at Rollins, my MPH applications journey, life in Atlanta, or anything else you might want to know about!

Nick Laramee

Hi everyone! My name is Nick Laramee and I’m a first year Global Health student with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and a certificate in Humanitarian Emergencies. I am originally from right outside the Charlotte, NC area, but I also grew up in the Boston, MA area for half of my life. I attended the University of South Carolina for my undergraduate studies (Go Cocks!!). I graduated from UofSC in 2019 with a B.S. in Public health and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, I took a gap year by spending some time as a whale watching tour guide in Juneau, AK for a couple months and working in South Africa as an HIV/AIDS Outreach Coordinator Volunteer with Peace Corps before getting evacuated due to COVID-19. Currently, I work as a Contact Tracer Team Leader for Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and I am a Research Assistant for the Malaria Branch of the CDC. I am currently one of the Co-Presidents for the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT) and a Co-Lead for the Needs Assessment Team for the COVID-19 Student Task Force (CROWN) at Rollins. My public health interests include emergency outbreak response, humanitarian emergencies, infectious diseases (specifically zoonotic diseases), social determinants, and one health. Outside of campus, you can find me attending concerts/music festivals, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, the gym, and hanging with friends on the Beltline. I am excited to share my Rollins experience with you all and the amazing opportunities that Rollins and Atlanta have to offer.

Kaitlyn Long

Hi everyone! My name is Kaitlyn and I am a second-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!

Courtney Pico

Hey! My name is Courtney Pico and I am a second-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 second-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!

Rohan Shah
Rohan Shah

Hey Everyone! My name is Rohan Shah, and I am a first-year Global Health student with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and a certificate in Mental Health. I am originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and most recently lived in Richmond, Virginia prior to moving to Atlanta. I graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!!) in Spring 2019 with a B.S. in Clinical Neuroscience. After graduation, I worked as Chief Scribe for Virginia Cancer Institute in Richmond for a year. My interest in public health peaked during my senior year in undergrad when I was able to volunteer with a Non-Governmental Organization in Bihar, India which focused on providing essential health services, education, and food for the most vulnerable populations. My public health interests include infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, chronic diseases, and public mental health, especially within minority and refugee populations. Within a few short months, Rollins has become a second home due to the diverse and inclusive nature of not only the students, but the supportive faculty! While we all navigate through uncertain times, it has shown the importance of public health now more than ever. Outside of school you can find me exploring Atlanta and trying to find the best ice cream shop around. I am excited to share with prospective students my experience and all the wonderful opportunities Rollins has to offer!

Piper Shifflet

Hey! My name is Piper Shifflett and I am a second-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!

Tianni Spence

Hi, y’all! My name is Tianni Spence, and I’m a first-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development and pursuing a certificate in Maternal and Child Health. I’m originally from Miami, Florida. I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa (Go Bulls!), where I majored in Health Sciences with concentrations in Biological Health and Health Management. I always say that I became passionate about public health before I even knew what public health was. I am interested in disparities in healthcare, especially those among women of color. While at USF, I was on the Student Advisory Board for the Activist Lab, and I learned how to combine advocacy and education to address public health issues. Because of this, I decided to pursue an MPH to gain the skills necessary to help educate others and work to bridge the gaps in healthcare. So far, Rollins has challenged me while providing immense support, especially during these weird times. I am so excited to share my Rollins experience with you all!