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Welcome & Welcome Back

Category : News/Events

We wish a warm welcome to our new students, and are delighted to welcome back our returning students! The beginning of the academic year is such an exciting time for all of us.


I’m always energized by the enthusiasm and passion of our new students, who are beginning to explore all that the Rollins School of Public Health has to offer. You have joined a vibrant community of scholars who share your passion for promoting health and eliminating inequities. During the next two years, you will be able to explore your interests further – you may deepen your resolve to pursue the passions that led you here, and you may also discover new areas that you hadn’t considered before. I encourage you to seek out many new opportunities while you are here – there is no better time to soak in all that you can, and these two years will come to a close before you know it.    


The return of our second year students is always exciting, as well. Many of you have spent the summer working on your Applied Practice Experiences and bring fresh ideas and perspectives with you as you return to the classroom. You’ve also turned your eyes towards your theses, and will begin to make measurable progress towards completing this milestone soon. As the semester begins, I encourage all of you to be thoughtful about how you carve out time so that you can balance your coursework, thesis, and your personal wellbeing.


We look forward to having the opportunity to get to know you both inside and outside of the classroom. This year, we will continue our monthly Chair’s Chats – a time for you to spend with myself, as your Director of Graduate Studies, and our Department Chair, Tim Lash. This is an event that we look forward to each month – we enjoy the opportunity to hear from you! It’s important to us to hear what is going well, and whether there are ways in which we can improve. We also use this as an opportunity to bring in guest speakers, and share some tips for how to help you become influential public health leaders.


We are also excited to announce a new seminar series for this academic year: Behind the Manuscript. While it would be nice if research were always packaged nicely and tied up with a beautiful bow, the reality is that things don’t always happen as the text books might lead you to believe. These sessions will be led by faculty in the Department of Epidemiology, and will pull back the curtain to allow you to see what it takes to get to the polished manuscripts that you see in the literature. Our first session will be on September 24th from 12-12:50, and will be led by Dr. Mike Goodman. Stay tuned for more details!


For information on these, and other, Departmental events – please keep an eye out on Canvas, the Confounder, and the weekly RSPH events emails. The best way to ensure that you make it to these events is to get them on your calendar! Please see this link for instructions on how to add these to your calendar.


Again – welcome, and welcome back! We are thrilled that you are here and look forward to the year ahead.


Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist

Director of Graduate Studies, MPH & MSPH Programs


Childhood Obesity: Simulating the Impacts of Policy Interventions, 9/12

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Monday, August 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM EDT – 1:30:00 PM EDT

Systems thinking, especially with simulation models, facilitates understanding of complex health policy problems. Using a simulation model to educate legislators, public health experts, and education leaders about the policies that have the greatest short- and long-term impact on childhood obesity can encourage strategic investment in low-cost, high-return policies. This webinar will feature the Georgia childhood obesity model created by and for legislators and other stakeholders to support dialogue on policy interventions designed to reduce childhood obesity (specifically, BMI for age percentiles). Participants will have the opportunity to explore the model and understand how policies and evidence-based interventions can impact obesity prevalence and costs over time.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

• Explain how systems modeling can be useful when
considering investing in public health strategies and policies.
• Describe the Georgia childhood obesity model.
• Compare simulations in a childhood obesity model to
understand the long-term impact of policies on obesity
prevalence and costs.

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Rollins-teer Day, 8/26

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We are looking for second year students to lead volunteer groups. This year, Rollins-teer Day will take place on Monday, August 26th from 7:45am-12:00pm, with most service activities taking place from 9:00am-12:00pm. Please note that many sites will not get back until 12:30pm due to transportation.

Each site will have one or more designated site leaders serving as the main point(s) of contact for their group in communicating with the volunteer site. They are expected to arrive no later than 7:30am on Monday, August 26th to assist students as they arrive. Site leaders will also be required to attend a mandatory training session on Monday, August 19th from 12:00pm-1:00pm, where lunch will be provided.

You will be asked to specify your top five choices for Rollins-teer Day sites, and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences, though please keep in mind not all sites are in need of leaders at this time. Prior to the training, you will receive an e-mail with further instructions along with confirmation of your Rollins-teer site.

To look at potential sites, click HERE.

To fill-out the form to be a site leader, click HERE.

Recent Publications Page

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Check out the updated lists of publications from the Epidemiology Department at our new Recent Publications page!

Dr. Lauren McCullough receives the 2019 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award

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Lauren E. McCullough, PhD, MSPH, Rollins Assistant Professor at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).

McCullough was selected for the national award in a two-step process that included nominations from numerous Emory faculty—compiled into a unified letter written by the Department of Epidemiology’s Chair Timothy L. Lash, DSc, MPH—and numerous external letters of support from epidemiologists at member institutions.

Read the full story here!

Recent Publications Page

Category : News/Events

Check out the updated lists of publications from the Epidemiology Department at our new Recent Publications page!

Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health

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Live Webinar  • June 10, 2019  • 12-1:30pm ET

Training Description
This webinar presents evidence that religion should be considered among the social determinants of health, based on epidemiological research. Plausible mechanisms at the individual level are the lower smoking rates and greater social ties of those with religious participation. At the community level, faith-based organizations engage in partnerships with public health agencies as a source of social capital to promote health and prevent disease, particularly in hard-to-reach populations.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Support the case that religion should be considered among the social determinants of health for the purposes of both research and practice.
  • Identify three pathways through which religious participation has a demonstrated impact on health outcomes.
  • Describe the characteristics that bridge cultural, mistrust, low- income, and geographical barriers.

To register for the webinar click HERE or on the image above.

HSR Lunch & Learn, 6/26

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Please join us for the Health Services Research Center Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, June 26th in Emory SOM 153A from noon-1pm. Dr. Jordan Kempker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, will present several case examples from his own research that highlight examples of the use of large national data analyses in health services research. This talk will highlight Dr. Kempker’s research trajectory of using large national datasets to examine health services themes in sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome to introduce more practical research advice on working with secondary analysis of large national datasets such as the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Healthcare Utilization Project datasets.

To receive lunch, you must submit the RSVP via the link below.

RSVP for lunch

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Training, 6/27

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In-person Class • June 27, 2019 • 8:30am-1pm CT • Jackson, MS

Presented by: Lily’s Place, A Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Center
Lily’s Place executive team aims to train professionals and practitioners on the occurrence, symptoms, and complexities of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). In addition to medical and therapeutic information regarding infants with NAS, Lily’s Place will detail the role of behavioral health support and services for families and caregivers. Lily’s Place is currently piloting a program for the state of West Virginia which allows mothers to room in with their infant while at Lily’s Place – the findings and expected outcomes of this program will be expanded upon during training presentations.

Note: This is an in-person class held in Jackson, MS.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

Define Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
Explain symptoms, occurrence, identification, statistics (state specific and nationwide), treatment, and potential long-term effects.
Explain the crucial role a family plays in the well-being of each infant.
Give examples of behavioral health services provided by Lily’s Place.
Explain best practices for family support.
Provide an overview of the Lily’s Place model. Include information regarding contracts with managed care companies (billable income) and development efforts (fundraising).

To register, click HERE.

Children’s Environmental Health: More Than Smoke and Mold, 6/13

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Training Description
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 1 in 4 child deaths could be prevented by cleaning up the environment. Because of their developing bodies and minds, children can be at greater risk of harm to environmental toxicants than adults. This broadcast will provide information on common sources of environmental hazards in the air, water, and even in our homes and schools. Viewers will learn how to offer evidence-based, practical advice to families, schools, and communities to promote a healthy environment.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

Describe the unique vulnerabilities of early life to environmental exposures and threats, and how these can predispose the child to later life disease.
Describe the top environmental health issues relevant to children, and children and families at greatest risk.
Identify actionable environmental health messages to use in clinical practice.
Identify resources to support healthy environments where clinicians provide care for children and families.
Identify resources to support healthy environments where children live, learn, and play.

To register, click HERE.

Upcoming Events

  • The Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) July 15, 2024 – July 31, 2024 Conference / Symposium Event Type: Conference / SymposiumSeries: The Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID)Speaker: Leaders in the FieldContact Name: Pia ValerianoContact Email: pvaleri@emory.eduLink: Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) is designed to introduce infectious disease researchers to modern methods of statistical analysis and mathematical modeling.
  • Functional Biomarkers for Early Detection and Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy August 5, 2024 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom Online Location: ZoomSeries: EGDRC Seminar SeriesSpeaker: Dr. Machelle PardueContact Name: Wendy GillContact Email: wggill@emory.eduLink: Pardue’s lab is focused on clinically relevant treatments for retinal disease that can make a difference in the quality of life of patients. She is developing novel screening and treatment strategies for early-stage diabetic retinopathy and elucidating the retinoscleral mechanisms…
  • The Second Annual RSPH Staff and Post-Doctoral Ice Cream Social August 14, 2024 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Networking and Special Event Event Type: Networking,Special EventContact Name: Staff CouncilContact Email: rsphstaffcouncil@emory.eduRoom Location: RRR_Terrace 2nd FloorRSPH staff and post-docs are invited to join us for ice cream and delightful conversation. This event is hosted by the RSPH Staff Council.

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