Hello! My Name is Marissa and I am a second year Global Health Student with a focus on Infectious Diseases. I was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia. I graduated from Dalton State College in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Biology with a Chemistry minor. I am currently working as a REAL (Rollins Earn and Learn) Laboratory Assistant with Emory University and CDC where I am learning more about public health research in regards to infectious diseases. I came to Rollins not only because of the proximity to my hometown, but because of the incredibly inviting and friendly atmosphere Rollins provided during my multiple visits. Everyone from professors, ADAPs, staff, and students are always more than happy to lend a helping hand. You will not regret coming to Rollins! This is truly a great community to be a part of! As a Georgia native, please feel free to email me any questions you have about Atlanta life or activities to do outside of Atlanta!
Hi! My name is Anjelica, but most of my friends know me as Jelly. I am a second year Global Health student with a focus in Infectious Disease. Before coming to Rollins, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Indonesia where I taught English. For my practicum, I was fortunate enough to return to Indonesia with UNICEF to work on a Water and Sanitation project. My REAL position is at CDC in the Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease department with a focus in WASH. At Rollins, I am president of the Rollins Peace Corps Community, and I am currently pursuing the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies certificate. As an Atlanta native, I absolutely love this city and everything it has to offer! Selecting Rollins has been a wonderful decision and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with you!
Hey there! I’m Shanaika Grandoit, a first-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!
My name is Alexandra Wickson and I’m a first 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!
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 Cori Dennison and I am a first 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!
Hi Everyone! My name is Ashley Meehan and I am a first-year Global Health student in the Community Health and Development concentration. Born and raised in Metro-Detroit by a family of Michigan State Spartans, I betrayed them all when I went to Ohio for my undergraduate degree. In May 2017, I graduated from Bowling Green State University with my Bachelors of Applied Health Science in Public Health. I was drawn to Rollins for so many reasons, but especially for the opportunity to participate in the Religion and Health Certificate. I’m particularly interested in global health ethics, and how health research and interventions can produce the most ethical outcomes in different contexts. When I’m not in class, at my Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) job in Health Communications, or attending special lectures at the Candler School of Theology, you can probably find me outdoors enjoying one of the many local or state parks and trails in the area. I can’t wait to meet you and get to know what makes you who you are!
Hello! My name is Jacob Clemente and I am a first-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. Currently, I am an intern for the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, working for their programming and communication teams. 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. I cannot wait to meet you and share my love of this school with you!
Hi! My name is Katherine and I am a first year in the Global Health department. I’m from Northern Virginia (just outside of DC) and recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Bioethics. I came to Rollins right out of undergrad because I wanted to get more experience in public health before working in the field and know how many incredible resources Rollins has. I have a concentration in Community Health Development and hope to work on improving health equity by addressing social determinants of health abroad. Rollins is a beautiful school and the students, faculty, and staff are very welcoming! Atlanta is also a great choice because you can hike nearby, enjoy great restaurants and explore all the things the city has to offer. I hope you join our community and can’t wait to meet you!