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Master’s in Development Practice Courses, Fall Course Offerings

Fall MDP Course Opportunities 

Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are welcome to request enrollment in the courses below. To do so, please email rebeca [dot] quintana [at] emory [dot] edu, with Topics Enrollment Request as the subject line. Include the class number and your student ID in the body of the email. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the event of full enrollment, a waitlist will be maintained through Wednesday, August 26. 

Available MDP Courses 

MDP 514R: Applied Development – Elements of Advocacy

Cultural, political, and social change require an understanding of the various components that comprise effective advocacy. In addition to exploring the elements of persuasive advocacy, the course will equip students with the skills to analyze audiences, construct compelling arguments, and effectively present their ideas.

  • Instructor: Ed Lee III (ewlee [at] emory [dot] edu)
  • Class number: 6264
  • Number of credits: Two
  • Grading basis: Graded
  • Meeting dates: August 25th – November 24th
  • Meeting Time: Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Meeting option: Online synchronous


MDP 514R: Applied Development – Land and Race: Rethinking development in the USA

This course shifts the focus of development studies from overseas to the United States. We will draw on historical and contemporary cases to explore how domestic policies, institutional practices, and dominant ideologies have blocked development of marginalized communities within the United States. Additionally, we will examine how some communities have used radical reimaginings of racial identities and land-based strategies to resist and create new models of development.

  • Instructor: Tamara Jones, MA (tjones300302 [at] gmail [dot] com)
  • Class number: 6311
  • Number of credits: One
  • Grading basis: Graded
  • Meeting dates: August 19th – September 30th
  • Meeting time: Wednesday 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Meeting option: Online synchronous


MDP 585R: Special Topics – Decolonizing Development

Is it possible to engage in equitable and ethical development, when the structure of foreign aid is built upon foundations of the colonial state? What does a decolonized development sector actually do? Analyzing case studies, readings, and current events, this course leans into these questions.

  • Instructor: Lorrie Lynn King, MPH, RYT (king [dot] lorriel [at] gmail [dot] com)
  • Class number: 6312
  • Number of credits: One
  • Grading basis: letter or S/U grade
  • Meeting dates: October 7th – November 18th
  • Meeting time: Wednesday 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Meeting option: Online synchronous

International Graduate Students & Scholars Mentor Program, Emory

Opportunity Description

The International Graduate Students and Scholars (IGSS) group, is a student-led organization that strives to support international students across Emory and bring all students together to participate and learn about diverse cultures across the world.

IGSS will be hosting an international graduate student mentor/mentee program to help the incoming international students have a smooth and enjoyable transition. 

If you are a second year student interested in becoming a mentor for this program, please click here and fill out the linked form. 

Fall 2020 Course, Sociology of Health and Illness

Course Description

MPH and PhD students at the Rollins School of Public Health are welcome to register for a 3-credit graduate seminar in the Sociology of Health and Illness (SOC 531). This course will provide graduate students with a survey of research on the social origins of the health, illness, and health care of individuals and populations. Students will be introduced to the process of formulating important social research questions in health and illness, including attention to major theoretical perspectives, measurement of concepts, the merits of various study designs, and both qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis.

Course Schedule

  • Tuesdays from 9:40AM to 12:40PM via Zoom 


Quantitative Analysis of Clinical Research Data, Fall Course Offering


This course focuses on practical application of statistics addressing clinical research questions. Analyzing data is the major emphasis of the course including examining if assumptions of the statistical analyses are being met and interpreting the findings. Course assignments and a final project focus on using statistical software and computing resources to analyze data sets from actual clinical research studies and literature with interpretation and assessment of conclusions.

See the flyer below for more information! 


Online Contact Tracing Course, Johns Hopkins University

About this Course

The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.

In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts — along with strategies to overcome them.

Course Details

  • 100% Online 
  • Approximately 5 hours to complete
  • Free to enroll 


Click here to register!

Crisis Communication Training Opportunities, Region IV Public Health Training Center

Basic Tenets of Risk Communication for Public Health Professionals

Course Overview 

The goal of risk communication is to influence risk perception sufficiently enough to motivate the audience to protective action. This course details the components of communicating risk effectively, including targeting audiences and developing messages. The course also outlines psychological factors associated with risk perception and decision making.

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Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC): Examples from Ebola

Course Overview 

Health communication is a critical piece of keeping the public safe during a public health emergency. During this two hour interactive session, the audience will learn the principles behind crisis and emergency risk communication. Because each emergency is different, we will discuss ways to tailor messages for the crisis and emergency risk communication. During times of crisis, developing partnerships with stakeholders to disseminate messages is very important. Participants will learn about ways to develop these relationships for successful health communication.

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In Print and On Air: Get Ready to Work with the Media

Course Overview 

This webinar is presented in partnership with the Georgia Society for Public Health Education (GASOPHE) and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). More than ever, public health needs to clearly convey priority messages and policies to the public through mass media. This webinar will share concepts and tools that are useful whether you have a direct role in speaking to the media or assist public health teams that present priorities, talking points, and data to those directly representing public health in the media.

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Fall 2020 Course Offering: NRSG 736

Course Description:

This course focuses on practical application of statistics addressing clinical research questions. Analyzing data is the major emphasis of the course including examining if assumptions of the statistical analyses are being met and interpreting the findings. Course assignments and a final project focus on using statistical software and computing resources to analyze data sets from actual clinical research studies and literature with interpretation and assessment of conclusions.

Course Times and Location:

  • In Class/Computer lab time: 1 hr lecture; 2 hr computer lab per week Location: School of Nursing
  • Mondays 11:00-11:50am; Wednesdays 1:00-2:50pm

See the attached flyer for more details! 

APHA-Student Assembly Call for Abstracts

Looking to present, learn and find inspiration at the largest and most influential annual gathering of public health professionals?

The APHA-Student Assembly is now accepting abstract submissions for the APHA 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco, Oct. 24-28, 2020. Learn more about the Annual Meeting here:

Abstracts Accepted 

Abstract submission is easy, and presenting offers many benefits including enhancing your CV, exploring career options, and disseminating your findings. All abstracts are considered for the Outstanding Student Abstract Award (no additional application required).

We invite abstracts from students in public health or other related fields presenting results of scientific research, program evaluations, policy analysis, and lessons learned from research or practice. We also invite abstracts pertaining to public health student issues in general (such as education, curricula, training, employment trends, student leadership, advocacy, etc.). First-time presenters and abstracts supporting the meeting theme are highly encouraged. We accept submissions from the fields of:

– Environmental/Occupational Health
– Epidemiology/Biostatistics
– Food and Nutrition
– Health Education
– Health Services Administration/Management
– International/Global Health
– Maternal and Child Health
– Public Health Law and Policy
– Social and Behavioral Sciences
– Student Training and Public Health Workforce Development

Assembly and Submission Details

Presenters can showcase their work through a poster session or oral presentation. For tips and tricks on abstract submission, check out the APHA-SA Abstract Guidelines:

For detailed instructions and to submit your abstract, log on to the APHA 2020 Meeting Website and scroll to the bottom to the Start Abstract Submission button:

Abstracts are due February 20, 2020 @ 11:59 pm PST. Note that abstracts MUST be submitted online through the APHA Meeting Website, and late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Questions? Contact the APHA-SA Programming Co-Chair, Jennifer Mandelbaum, at jmandelbaum [dot] apha [at] gmail [dot] com.

Initiation & Management of Research Projects Under Constrained Conditions Course, Feb. 13-15

See the attached flyers for course details. 

Contact: Ariadne Swichtenberg; ascarl [at] emory [dot] edu if you have any questions about the course, and email your ADAP to register. 

Call for Abstracts, 2020 Public Health Ethics Forum

The Centers for Disease Control Prevention, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University are co-hosting the annual Public Health Ethics Forum on CDC’s main campus.  This year, the forum will focus on “Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health”.  The forum will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020.

We are requesting abstracts from students who are enrolled in graduate-level schools and programs with majors or concentrations in public health, public policy, education, criminal justice, social work, psychology and any major that provides a relevant frame for analyzing ethical issues for rural health. 

You will find the specifics in the attached “Call for Abstracts” pdf.

Submission deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Any questions related to the Call for Abstracts and student participation should be directed to Dr. Karen Bouye at keh2 [at] cdc [dot] gov or by phone at 770-488-8199.

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