Category Archives: GLEPI

Planetary Health & Infectious Diseases Spring Speaker Series

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

Join us for the first installment of the Planetary Health and Infectious Diseases spring speaker series on 2/18  in CNR 5001 where Dr. Neel Gandhi will be discussing “Tuberculosis in a Changing Climate.”

The Task Force for Global Health Information Session, 2/6

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

The Task Force for Global Health is an independent, non-governmental organization based in Decatur, GA. We exist to eliminate the diseases that have plagued humankind for centuries and build the systems necessary to protect the health of entire populations. Since our founding, we only take on problems we know can be solved, and we do it through powerful, global partnerships and collaborations because we are in the business of solving problems. No-show policy enforced.

Join us to learn more!

RSVP by February 5, 2020.

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Planetary Health and Infectious Diseases Speaker Series, 12/3

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

As part of the Planetary Health and Infectious Diseases Speaker Series,Rebecca Philipsborn, MD, MPA will be discussing child health in the era of climate change. Follow the zoom link if you can’t make it in person!

Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition

Have what takes to solve a real-world global health problem in 7 days? Attend an info session to learn how to apply for this exciting, multidisciplinary learning experience! 1st place team receives $5,000. Applications are open from November 7 to December 2.

Global Health Scholars Symposium, 11/12

The Emory Global Health Institute’s 2019 Field Scholars will share their global health research and lessons learned during their summer field experiences.

2nd Year GLEPI MPH: Rutika Raina

Category : #IamEmoryEPI , GLEPI

For this week’s #IamEmoryEpi spotlight, we met up with Rutika Raina!

Tell us where you went to school:

I did my undergrad in India, where I studied Biotechnology.

What are your primary research interests?

My research interest is in non-communicable diseases; particularly psychiatric illness and neurological disorders. I am doing my thesis on Schizophrenia.

What did you do this past summer?

I was working at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands at their psychiatric epidemiology department during summer. I loved every bit of my experience in the Netherlands. I actually got to take some time off to roam around and I went to Belgium and Italy for vacation; attended the pride parade in Amsterdam.

How did you find the research that you are currently conducting?

I found my practicum by literally sending an email to the HOD at their Epi Department and things kind of worked smoothly from there. I had an interview and I got in and they actually reimbursed me for my travel expenses.

What is your favorite part about being at Emory?

My favorite part about doing my MPH at Emory is the diversity. The people that I have met and the friends that I have made; the relationships that I have forged, these are the things I am going to be carrying away after I graduate. Oh, also the food that I have had from different cultures and backgrounds. I love it! Obviously, some hard skills too but that’s why we are here, I guess!

Do you have any advice for MPH students?

My advice to the first years would be to take advantage of every opportunity to explore their interests. Graduate school is a lot of work but make sure to breathe once in a while and just broaden your perspective because Rollins provides you with so much that it is overwhelming at times.

What are three fun facts about yourself?

1. I am a trained dancer and I don’t miss an opportunity to dance. I have danced for 6hrs at a stretch.
2. I love music to the extent that I absolutely dislike having music apps. I download physical files of each song that I like!
3. I have been a year early for all my high school years and even during undergrad because I was promoted to 1st grade directly since I had the skills required for it already at the age of 5. I might be one of the youngest in our cohort too (23 years!)


Alum Caleb Ebert on The Carter Center and Relationships in Public Health

Category : GLEPI , PROspective

Written by Caleb Ebert, GLEPI MPH 2018:

Atlanta is dubbed the public health capital of the world. Most people think of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when referring to this title, which makes sense when most of Atlanta traffic can be attributed to the CDC commute. 😉 However, when I think of Atlanta – and I thought this even before attending Rollins – one person always comes to mind: President Jimmy Carter. I admire a lot about this man. His authenticity. His desire and the energy he devotes to creating a better world (I mean just look at this most recent article.). His belief in the value and dignity of every human. And especially how he has taken his international platform that the US Presidency gave him and founded The Carter Center along with his wife, First Lady Rosalyn Carter. But I digress. 


The Carter Center is “waging peace,” “fighting disease,” and “building hope” in areas that are currently neglected. President Carter’s mission, and I have heard him say this several times upon meeting him, is that he does not want to duplicate anyone’s effort. He recognizes that there are already leaders and experts making advances in fields such as cancer research, climate change advocacy, and primary school access, so why not tackle issues that are not being addressed or are currently under-addressed. This is what The Carter Center is doing. They have now become a leader in monitoring elections and championing human rights, and are on the path to eliminate guinea worm and trachoma.


I was fortunate enough to land a REAL position with The Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program during my first year at Rollins. However, I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I first saw their open position. After all, I had just finished a long day of teaching GIS workshops and I was trying to cool off in my sweltering apartment in the Philippines when I read that The Carter Center, a place I had dreamt of working at, was looking for a student with GIS experience. Before I could think too much, I applied for the job—crossed every joint in my body—and then I waited. Whether it is a REAL job, or those real jobs, I encourage you to add your personality to your cover letter. To me, nothing makes an applicant stand out more than someone who is willing to put themselves in their application and not just their qualifications (That’s what your resume is for!). I began my cover letter with a joke about how chlamydia is such a hard word to spell and this may be the reason I got an interview (Trachoma is caused by a bacterium call Chlamydia trachomatis).


A unique aspect of working at a nonprofit (and there are so many in Atlanta) like The Carter Center is that you can really shape the course of a program with some curiosity and determination. I encourage you to ask questions and challenge the status quo. Ask why things are done a certain way and suggest alternatives or ask for a trial period to start something new. I remember in my interview I had already started to ask those “Why” questions, such as why the program was working in some countries with trachoma but not others. This curiosity may have been the reason I was hired. I maintained a level of curiosity throughout my time at The Carter Center whether it was wondering how we could apply The Carter Center’s election monitoring survey technology to the health surveys or how we could best train the in-country staff on how to create their own trachoma prevalence maps.  


I had the opportunity to stay with The Carter Center for my entire two years (including completing my practicum with them in Ethiopia) while attending Rollins. Having a continuous two-year period was critical to the relationships that I could form with The Carter Center and the connections that they provided me with post-graduation. But regardless of the length of time you are at an organization, I encourage you to actively work to form relationships. And yes, this may mean that you need to have the small talk with your coworkers. (Remember their answers!) Begin there and soon more meaningful conversations will form. Relationships are so important in public health—it can be a very small field. I currently work as a trial manager at the F.I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco and this job would not have been possible without my experience and connections from The Carter Center. And just to further demonstrate how important relationships can be, despite living across the country from The Carter Center, I still remain very connected with the Trachoma Control Program working as a contractor on a couple of projects.


Caleb Ebert graduated from Rollins in 2018 with a MPH in Global Epidemiology. While at Rollins, his research interests included GIS and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. Now, Caleb manages NIH-funded trials at the F.I. Proctor Foundation at UCSF in San Francisco, California. 

Epidemiology Elective Session, 10/16

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

Join the Epidemiology department for an overview of the Epi elective courses on Wednesday, October 16th from 12-12:50pm.

First Year Pre-Registration, 10/17

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

Join the Epidemiology department for an advising session for first year pre-registration on Thursday October 17th from 12-12:50pm.

HEOR Fellowship Webinar

Thomas Jefferson University has offered industry-sponsored Fellowships in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) since 1994. The Fellowships are administered through the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH), which is the nation’s first college of population health. During this webinar, current Fellows from Celgene, Ethicon, Novartis and Teva will discuss the Fellowship, the application process and their experiences as Fellows. The event will be livestreamed and recorded for future viewings. Participants are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Please register using the following links:

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