Category Archives: Student Opportunities

Call for Abstracts, Outstanding APE Award

The Office of Career Development is pleased to host our annual Outstanding APE Award recognizing RSPH students who best demonstrate excellence in practice-based public health practicums with goals to improve the quality of health for people and communities, to deliver quality public health services, or to develop policies that improve public health infrastructure. Finalists will be notified by the Office of Career Development by mid-December. 

Abstract Requirements: 

Format: Word document; Times New Roman; 12 pt. font; single space; 0.75’ margins 

Page Count: 2 pages max 

Header: Project Name; Applicant Name, Department, Expected Graduation Date & E-mail Address 

Section Headings and Descriptions: (All sections listed below are REQUIRED!) 

  • Background – Provide background information supporting the purpose of your project. Include the target population your practicum impacted, location of the target population and the public health    issue(s). Provide references and citations.  
  • Project Goal(s) – Provide a summary or list of goals that your assigned tasks supported in addressing the public health problem(s).  
  • Action Plan – Provide a summary of all the tasks you were assigned to complete for the project relative to the project goals.  
  • Time Period of Implementation – Include the overall start and end date for your assigned tasks. 
  • Project Impact & Accomplishments – Summarize the impact your work had on the target population. 

Explain the successes that directly resulted from your involvement on the project.  

  • Professional Skills Applied & Learned – Summarize skills gained in your first year from coursework that you were able to apply. Also, explain skills you learned as a result of working on the project that you previously didn’t have experience.  
  • Acknowledgements – Thank your project/practicum supervisor, host/funding organization, faculty and any other people/organizations that provided support for the project. 
  • References – Use APA format for all references and citations used. 

Submissions accepted from October 1-31. Apply via 12Twenty.

Finalists will be REQUIRED to create and present a poster in the spring.

Graduate Research Assistant Position Available, Hubert Department of Global Health

Joshua Jeong (assistant professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health) is looking to hire a part-time graduate student research assistant. This is a paid hourly position with an expected commitment of 10 hrs/week. REAL and non-REAL applications accepted.
The student will support two ongoing cluster-randomized controlled trials of parenting interventions aimed to improve early childhood development in Kenya and Tanzania. The student’s role will be to support curriculum development process for a father-inclusive parenting intervention curriculum; assist with both/either qualitative data analysis of feedback sessions with participants during intervention pretesting cycles (Tanzania trial); qualitative data analysis of a recently completed process evaluation from the initial roll out of a parenting intervention (Kenya trial); and/or quantitative data analysis of the completed household survey with 600 caregivers of children 0-2 years that was collected as part of the baseline evaluation (Kenya trial). The student will also support preparation of questionnaires/study tools for another upcoming round of data collection this fall for another baseline evaluation for a separate study in Kenya; assist with conducting literature reviews broadly pertaining to implementation science of caregiving interventions in low- and middle-income countries; contribute to manuscript preparation; and support other project coordination tasks including taking meeting minutes, coordinating calls, and overseeing IRBs.

The ideal candidate would have research interests in child development, family health and wellbeing, and/or gender; experience coding transcripts and qualitative data analysis; cleaning quantitative survey data and descriptive analyses; prior field research and data collection experiences in low-resource setting. Summer internship and/or thesis opportunities can be carved out in these projects. Students who contribute sufficiently will be included as co-authors on resulting manuscripts. The graduate student will report primarily to Josh but closely collaborate as part of a broader team that includes a full-time research staff, other graduate student research assistants, and field partners in Tanzania and Kenya.

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample on a relevant topic to Joshua Jeong (joshua [dot] jeong [at] emory [dot] edu) by Fri, Sept 22nd

Student Position Available, WellRoot

This exciting project is facilitated by WellRoot, Georgia’s longest-serving family welfare organization with a commitment to breaking the cycle of trauma in the lives of teens and young adults. This project will create resources for schools and youth serving organizations to better equip staff and children who are struggling or may struggle with trauma or adverse childhood experiences.

In Georgia, 250,000 children have a parent who has been incarcerated, 160,000 children are not living with a parent, 40,000 K-12 children are experiencing homelessness, 11,000 are in foster care and 6,000 are in detention facilities. These children need support in and out of school.  

This project seeks to develop specific tools and trainings to help guide the implementation of evidence-based practices to address trauma, build resiliency and support positive youth development in a variety of youth settings.  A comprehensive self-assessment and planning tool will be developed to help sites evaluate their current status, develop an improvement plan and galvanize the organizational support necessary for change. 

Skills needed for this project include survey design experience, research skills in literature reviews and key informant interviews, organizational skills and clear written communication.  The project will require 10-20 hours per week with most work done off-site. 

This project has the potential of becoming a national model. 

For more information, please reach out to:  clennon [at] wellroot [dot] org

Student Assistant Position, Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health

The GDEH is seeking a student to lead, compile, and create various communications and assist with student-related programs, events, administrative tasks, and more.  

Relevant RSPH competencies include:

  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate (i.e., non-academic, non-peer audience) public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Apply leadership and/or management principles to address a relevant issue

Tasks might include: 

  • Compile and organize information for the department’s weekly student newsletter 
  • Create a monthly report by compiling publications by faculty and PhD students
  • Help manage the department’s Facebook and Instagram accounts/posts
    • Produce and gather content, create and schedule posts; this may include outreach to stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, etc.), attending events (i.e. taking pictures/videos at events), etc.
  • Assist with department’s student peer mentoring program and other department programs
  • Assist with department events
  • Assist with various student or department related activities/projects

Preferred qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills and experience with creating social media and other written materials, organizing content, organizing events, and planning.  They will be self-motivated, organized, a self-starter, able to attend department events, and feel comfortable communicating with students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing and/or social media links or samples via 12Twenty and/or to Ariadne Swichtenberg at ariadne [dot] s [at] emory [dot] edu

Application Open, Presidential Management Fellowship

The PMF Program Office is happy to announce the dates for the upcoming PMF Class of 2024 Application, which are as follows:  opening Noon (Eastern Time), Tuesday, September 12th and closing Noon (Eastern Time), Monday, September 25th, 2023. These dates have been posted at

We have also updated and released the “2024 PMF Applicant Handbook” and posted it to the PMF website. The Handbook can be found under the “Become a PMF/Resources” section at The Handbook details the annual application process, eligibility requirements, required documentation, and provides an overview of the assessment process, all with the goal of preparing applicants to submit successful applications.

Additionally, during the months of August/September 2023, we will be hosting a series of informational webinars for potential applicants about the upcoming PMF Class of 2024 Application. The informational webinars will provide a general overview of the PMF Program, details about the 2024 application cycle, and if time permits, allow for any questions. Please note that several of the webinars have a specific focus related to strategic recruitment goals, but all will cover the basics outlined above and are open to all disciplines. These webinars will not be recorded for later publishing or viewing.

The full list of webinars for potential applicants can be found under the “News & Events” section on the PMF website at and under the “Become a PMF/2024 Application” section at Please encourage your graduate students to register using the provided links. Space is limited to 500 participants each and dates, times, and thematic focus are subject to change.

Finally, we have updated many of our resources for academia and applicants. For an overview of what’s new for the upcoming 2024 Application for academia, visit: A few of our updated resources include:

  • The 2024 PMF Applicant Handbook, posted under the “Become a PMF/Resources” section and “Academia/Resources” section at
  • The PMF Brochure for Applicants, posted under both of the “Resources” sections above at
  • The PMF Program Required Application Documents and Alternative Letter, posted under both of the “Resources” sections above at
  • The Academia Checklist, posted under the “Academia/Resources” section at

Please be sure to check our website for updates. General information about the PMF Program, eligibility, how to apply, and resources, can be found under the “Become a PMF” section of our website at

Lastly, the PMF Program Office will be sunsetting its use of OPM’s Listservs for academia to subscribe to. Instead, please see information about our subscriber lists at the top of the “Academia/Getting Info” section at


Applications Open, RSPH Student Ambassadors

The Ambassadors program is a student-led, volunteer group of current Rollins students that works with the Office of Admissions to answer questions for prospective and admitted students about all things Rollins!

Ambassadors help to lead campus tours, sit on panels about the academic and social experience at Rollins, write blog posts about aspects of campus, public health, and Atlanta life, and more. For more information and to apply, please click here.

REAL Positions Available, Palliative Care Division, Emory School of Medicine

The palliative care division of the School of Medicine are seeking research assistants for a number of studies in progress with a range of designs, disease types, and student roles.

Research assistants in the palliative care division gain hands-on experience on clinical trials, observational studies and qualitative research projects. The palliative care team’s research areas of focus include 1) identifying the needs of people living with serious illness and their family members, 2) comparing systems-based interventions for delivering palliative care, and 3) exploring how social determinants of health affect choices and outcomes in serious illness and end of life. Research assistants work with faculty and staff on a range of tasks, including screening patient charts to identify potential study participants, recruitment and data collection, in-depth interviews, and data coding and analysis. 

Human research experience is welcome but not required. Strong organization and communication skills are essential. Students may have opportunities to present or publish work regionally or nationally. 

For more information and to apply, please click here

Applications Open, Global Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate

The Center for Humanitarian Emergencies would like to remind you that the deadline for applications to the CHE Certificate Program is fast approaching! Applications are due September 22nd at 5PM. 

The certificate combines the teaching and research strength of Emory University with the applied technical skills of the CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch. The Certificate Program is available to qualified Rollins students and to other Emory graduate schools on a case-by-case basis.

Ideal candidates for this graduate certificate are students who:

  • Want to work overseas in emergency and post emergency settings as their career
  • Have international development and/or relevant field experience in resource poor settings
  • Are committed to building practical field epidemiological skills for resource poor settings

We welcome first-year students from all RSPH departments with an interest in humanitarian emergencies to apply. Attached you will find the application along with more information below. We look forward to reading your application!

Additional resources:

To apply, please email the application as a word document (NOT pdf) to  ERCT [at] cdc [dot] gov with the subject line: 2023 CHE Certificate Application.

New Data Science Certificate Program (Fall 2024)

Data Science Certificate (Officially begins at RSPH in Fall 2024)

The rise of data science has driven advances in technology across almost all areas of our life, including health. Modern computational tools give us the ability to manage, process, and analyze data on previously unthinkable scales. Recent advances in statistics and machine learning allow us to glean new insights for these data. These new advances demand an innovative approach to training public health practitioners of the future. Trainees should be equipped with a skill set that allows them to address challenges raised by modern approaches to data collection and analysis. Trainees must also be equipped with an understanding of the challenges, limitations, and ethical implications of these novel approaches. Students in the Data Science Certificate program at RSPH will be trained to meet the needs of a rapidly advancing health research field. Pursuing data science training within a top public health school will allow students to see how modern data science can be used towards advancing the public good, rather than increasing corporate profits.

This certificate will be available for MPH & MSPH degree candidates in all departments at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. There are no pre-requisite courses for the Certificate. 1st year RSPH students may take courses in their 1st year within the Data Science Certificate which will be counted toward the certificate when it officially begins in Fall 2024.

Please refer to the Data Science Certificate Website at

If you are interested in pursuing the Data Science Certificate, please complete the Declaration of Intent at h1UxWtQl2euSYhNNxi0Io8xQ/viewform

Course Offering – EPI590R: Fundamentals of Pathophysiology for Public Health

Open to all RSPH students

Certificate in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology approved elective 

Course description (2 credit hours):

At its core, public health is about understanding and preventing diseases. Hence, disease processes are central to the public health mission. This course will provide the foundations needed to understand the biology of disease processes from a public health perspective. The course covers a range of infectious and chronic diseases.  The course is designed to be widely-accessible to MPH and Ph.D. students with only a fundamental knowledge of human biology. Thursdays 1PM-2:50. 

RRR 344 (Instructor: Brad Pearce, Ph.D.).

 EPI 590R, Section 2. Room RRR 344

* Prerequisite: college level human biology, cell biology or biochemistry.  

Upcoming Events

  • Culturally Sensitive Care National Conference - Fall 2023 December 7, 2023 at 9:00 am – 5:15 pm Conference / Symposium Event Type: Conference / SymposiumSpeaker: Dr. Latecia Abraham-HilaireContact Name: María MerrittContact Email: AbrahamL@musc.eduLink: are invited! Meals Included & free of charge. Please pre-register.This national conference will educate participants in culturally sensitive care approaches, using the framework of the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards.Where: Emory Convention Center & Hotel
  • Culturally Sensitive Care National Conference - Fall 2023 December 8, 2023 at 9:00 am – 5:15 pm Conference / Symposium Event Type: Conference / SymposiumSpeaker: Dr. Latecia Abraham-HilaireContact Name: María MerrittContact Email: AbrahamL@musc.eduLink: are invited! Meals Included & free of charge. Please pre-register.This national conference will educate participants in culturally sensitive care approaches, using the framework of the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards.Where: Emory Convention Center & Hotel

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