Environmental Health

Environmental Health

Gabby D’Angelo

Hi! My name is Gabby D’Angelo and I am a second year Global Environmental Health student. I grew up in South Florida, just outside of Fort Lauderdale, and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Spanish Language. After graduating, I took a short year off from school to work as a medical scribe where I had the opportunity to work in four different Emergency Rooms across the country. This experience led me to pursue my MPH and I have been thrilled with my decision to attend Rollins every single day! In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor adventures and consuming delicious food; both of which are widely available in Atlanta. I can’t wait to get to know you all and share with you everything that Atlanta and the Rollins community have to offer!


Steven Sola

My name is Steven Sola, and I am a second year Environmental Health-Epidemiology (EH-EPI) student. I was born and raised in Concord, CA, but I attended undergrad at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR, where I graduated with a degree in Sociology. A lot of my life has been filled with community service, and I knew that I didn’t want to go straight to graduate school, so I decided to sign up for the Peace Corps and was sent to live in East Java, Indonesia. Although my main responsibility was teaching English, my most memorable parts of my service were the great conversations I had and the amazing food that I ate. After serving in the Peace Corps, I found my way to Atlanta and Rollins. My academic passions include water and foodborne diseases, along with a little bit of zoonotic diseases. My career goals include becoming an epidemiologist, either at the state or national level, and eventually working for MSF or one of the UN agencies as an applied epidemiologist. If any of this interests you as well, let’s talk! Welcome to Rollins! I’m sure you’ll find this place as welcoming and full of amazing and passionate people as I have!


Abena Twumasi

Hey! My name is Abena Twumasi and I am a second year Global Environmental Health student at Rollins. Originally from Sweden, I moved to Ghana, West Africa where I eventually graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. I spent some time after my degree working in at the university as a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Environmental Science. It was during this time that I put together the elements of what I loved doing: improving health outcomes, working with vulnerable populations, research and travel – that eventually brought me to the world of public health. Public health was what I wanted to do and Rollins was definitely the right place for it! The amalgamation of a world class education and the genuine sense of support from the diverse Rollins community, including a highly accomplished school faculty at RSPH gives you an unmatched learning experience and exposure! Get ready for an amazing time. I hope to see you soon!


Jennifer Imaa

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer and I am a first year MPH student in the Global
Environmental Health department. I graduated from the University of Southern California (the real USC!) with a B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies and a minor in Natural Sciences. After graduation I worked for a year and a half as an Admin Specialist for the Biomedical Informatics Program at UCLA and then went abroad and taught English and Science in Thailand and Colombia. I found my way back stateside and began working as a medical scribe in the emergency room of a hospital in an underserved area of Los Angeles and finally made my way down to Atlanta to pursue my MPH. My varied experiences shaped my interest in public health, especially on a global scale. The great thing about Rollins is the vast amount of opportunities available to do research and gain work experience with renowned faculty or with nearby organizations like the CDC in virtually any public health topic that interests you. My interests lie in WASH and infectious diseases and I am confident my time at Rollins will set me up for success in this sector. When not focusing on trying to get As and finding ways to go on vacays, I like to hunt for the best brunch places in Atlanta and concerts around the city. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about Rollins or the city of Atlanta in general!


Abby Gates
Abby Gates

My name is Abby Gates and I am a first year MSPH candidate in Environmental Health and Epidemiology (EH-Epi). I was born and raised in Clinton, Arkansas, and later moved to Kentucky to attend Georgetown College where I received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Before coming to Rollins and entering the world of public health, I spent most of my professional life in the equine industry. I have experience conducting equine physiological and behavioral research, and after undergraduate I spent over two years working in land conservation with the focus of conserving land that is used for horses and horse-related activity. On the flip side of this equine interest, however, is my interest in One Health, climate change, and its impact on public health. I began nurturing this curiosity in undergraduate, all the while knowing that eventually I wanted to attend graduate school to continue work in this area. Enter Rollins School of Public Health, where accepting a spot in the class of 2019 was one of the easiest (and best!) decisions I’ve ever made. I’m currently working as a research assistant through the REAL program for Emory’s Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, which has by far given me new experiences into a field previously unfamiliar to me. But this is only the beginning of the learning experience you’ll encounter here at Rollins, where each and every day you’ll be given new opportunities to broaden your horizons and enhance the journey of your career in public health.