Special Standing Courses

Non-degree special standing courses are an affordable and convenient opportunity for students to take select public health classes without the commitment of enrolling into a degree program.

Special standing students are admitted Rollins School of Public Health students, but they are not seeking a degree. These students may enroll in courses of interest, after they have been admitted to Rollins, if there is space available in the course and their academic backgrounds meet course prerequisites.

Those interested in applying for Special Standing Status are encouraged to follow the application process below as soon as possible.  The priority application deadline for Spring 2021 courses is Tuesday, December 15, 2020.  Pre-term classes are offered within the pre-term period of January 11-24.  Most meet for five days.  The traditional Spring term begins on Monday, January 25, 2021.

  • Follow step 1 below, if you have never applied to RSPH for special standing and would like to submit an application to register for special standing courses. Emory University employees and graduates interested in registering for special standing courses are also required to submit an application for admittance.
  • Follow step 2 below, if you are a returning student who has already been admitted to Special Standing Status at Rollins within the last five years and would like to register for special standing courses. 

NOTE: If you submitted an application and were admitted as a special standing student to the Rollins School of Public Health within the past five years, you are NOT required to submit another admissions application to register for courses. Students can register for public health classes onlyEnrollment in classes within another Emory University school will require admittance to that school.

Questions regarding applying and registering for special standing courses should be addressed to the Office of Admissions & Student Services at sphadmissions@emory.edu.

step1  Apply

Admission Requirements 

Domestic Applicants

U.S. applicants need to submit: 

  • Special standing application 
  • Official bachelor's transcripts 

International Applicants

International applicants need: 

  • Special standing application 
  • Official bachelor's transcripts 
  • TOEFL scores. Scores should be sent to institution code 5187.


Rollins must receive official transcripts from the registrar of the institution at which you received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Transcripts are not "official" unless received in the academic institution's sealed envelope. All documents must be in English or accompanied by an official notarized literal translation.

Special standing application materials must be submitted to the Admissions department at the Rollins School of Public Health located in the Office of Admissions and Student Services on the first floor of the Grace Crum Rollins Building. Materials may also be mailed to:

Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
Office of Admission and Student Services
1518 Clifton Rd NE
Mailstop 1518-002-1AA
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

For additional questions or concerns regarding the admissions process please contact the Admissions Office by e-mail at sphadmissions@emory.edu or call 404-727-3956.

Admission Application Deadlines


The deadline to apply for spring admissions is December 15. The deadline to apply for EMPH admission is December 1.


The deadline for summer admissions is April 30. The deadline to apply for EMPH admission is April 24.


The deadline to apply for fall admissions is August 14.

step2 Register for Classes

Registration Requirements

In order to register for special standing classes, admitted students should submit their completed special standing registration form to the Office of Enrollment Services via email  to rsphenrollmentservices@emory.edu. If you have not submitted an application for admittance to Rollins you may not register for special standing courses. Students may NOT submit registration forms at the Office of Enrollment Services, online submissions are required. 

Permission from the instructor or department's ADAP must be included on the form for classes that require permission. Enrollment forms will be processed in the order they are received. Registration is based on students meeting pre-requisites and space availability.

All students in special standing status who will be on Emory's campus in Fall 2020 for any reason, even if enrolled in an online class, must be tested for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus in addition to supplying immunization records.  Detailed information will be sent to students after registration. 

NOTE: The registration processing dates listed below are the start dates for processing special standing registration forms. Student's registration will be confirmed by email after processing has begun. 

Registration Processing


Processing of registration forms for spring semester courses will begin December 15.


Processing of registration forms for summer courses will begin April 15 date.


Processing of registration forms for fall 2020 courses will begin after July 24.

The Spring 2021 course schedule is available here. For information on how to navigate Atlas, click here. RSPH courses will be offered in person and online. Additional information, including details about online and/or asynchronous online components to in person classes, may be found on Atlas.

Below is a list of classes that are available for students in special standing, provided they meet the pre-requisites. For those classes without permission required, students may submit their form directly to RSPH Enrollment Services without a signature. For any classes that require permission or are not listed below, a signature from the Department ADAP and/or instructor are required.

Subject Course Nbr. Section Class Nbr. Title Min Credit Hrs Classroom Instructor Permission Req?
APHI 545D 901 4569 Information Security & Privacy 2 ONLINE Blaylock, Dewey A Yes
BIOS 501 1 4420 Statistical Methods II w. Lab 4 TBA Weiss, Paul Samuel
BIOS 501 2 4421 Statistical Methods II w. Lab 4 ONLINE Cotsonis, George Anthony
BIOS 501 3 4422 Statistical Methods II w. Lab 4 ONLINE Weiss, Paul Samuel
BIOS 501 L1 4423 Statistical Methods II w. Lab 4 ONLINE Edwards, Johnathan A
BIOS 501 L2 4424 Statistical Methods II w. Lab 4 ONLINE Edwards, Johnathan A
BIOS 501 L3 4425 Statistical Methods II w. Lab 4 ONLINE Edwards, Johnathan A
BIOS 501 L4 4426 Statistical Methods II w. Lab 4 ONLINE Edwards, Johnathan A
BIOS 520 1 4452 Clinical Trials 2 ONLINE Leong, Traci Lyn
BIOS 532 1 4430 Statistical Computing 2 ONLINE Cotsonis, George Anthony
BIOS 534 1 4456 Machine Learning 3 ONLINE Qin, Zhaohui; Pittard, William Stephen
BIOS 544 1 4453 Intro. to R (Non-BIOS Student) 2 ONLINE Edwards, Johnathan A
BIOS 544 2 4454 Intro. to R (Non-BIOS Student) 2 ONLINE Khan, Sara M
BIOS 550 1 4431 Sampling Applications 2 ONLINE Weiss, Paul Samuel Yes
BIOS 560R 1 4444 Spec Topics in Biostatistics: Applied Bayesian Models 2 ONLINE Chang, Howard H Yes
BIOS 597R 1 4434 Directed Study 1 Chang, Howard H Yes
BSHES 555 1 4479 Communication Approaches 2 ONLINE Jorgensen, Cynthia M Yes
BSHES 567 1 4482 LGBTQ Public Health 2 ONLINE Talley, Colin L. Yes
EH 500 1 4495 Perspectives/Environ Health 2 ONLINE Sarnat, Jeremy A. No
EH 515 1 4507 Air Quality in the Urban Env. 2 ONLINE Liang, Donghai No
EH 523 1 4506 Neurotoxicology 2 TBA Caudle, William Michael Yes
EH 527 1 4508 Biomarkers and Env Pub Health 2 TBA Barr, Dana Boyd No
EH 530 1 4497 Occuptionl /Environmtal Epi 2 ONLINE Gribble, Matthew No
EH 570 1 4498 Envt. Health Law & Policy 2 ONLINE Scovronick, Noah No
EH 571 1 4514 GEH Policy: Power, Sci. & Justice 2 ONLINE Clasen, Thomas F No
EH 572 1 4517 Environmental Justice 2 ONLINE Smarr, Melissa No
EH 586 1 4510 Adv Sem Clm Chg & Hlth: Rsrch & Pol 2 ONLINE Liu, Yang Yes
EH 587 1 4511 Intro. to Satellite Remote Sens. 2 ONLINE Liu, Yang Yes
EH 587L 1 4516 Satellite Remote Sensing Lab 1 ONLINE Liu, Yang Yes
EH 590R 1 4499 Environmental Health Seminar: R-based Quant. Data Analysis 2 TBA Liu, Yang Yes
EH 590R 3 4501 Environmental Health Seminar: Design, Deliv, Assess WASH School 1 ONLINE Freeman, Matthew Charles No
EH 590R 4 4502 Environmental Health Seminar: PH Communication Env. Justice 2 ONLINE Patrick, Holly R No
EH 590R 6 5084 Environmental Health Seminar: Planetary Health 1 ONLINE Gribble, Matthew No
EPI 533 1 4640 Programming In Sas 1 ONLINE Kancherla, Vijaya Yes
EPI 539 1 4642 EPI Concepts & Analysis 3 ONLINE Christiansen-Lindquist, Lauren Yes
EPI 539 L1 4643 EPI Concepts & Analysis 0 ONLINE Yes
EPI 539 L2 5680 EPI Concepts & Analysis 3 ONLINE Yes
EPI 546 1 4667 HIV Epidemiology 2 ONLINE Guest, Jodie; Sanchez, Travis Howard
EPI 565 1 4677 Data Sources & Methods MCH EPI 2 ONLINE Kancherla, Vijaya Yes
EPI 567 1 4685 EPI of Aging Populations 2 ONLINE Plantinga, Laura Christine; Idler, Ellen Louise Yes
EPI 590R 1 4664 EPI Seminar: Crit. Eval. Sci. Comm. Sci. B. News 1 ONLINE Gwinn, Marta L; Janssens, Anna Caecilia Yes
EPI 590R 2 4666 EPI Seminar: Disease Surveillance 1 TBA Bang, Ki Moon Yes
GH 512 1 4564 Health in CHE's 2 ONLINE Lopes Cardozo, Barbara
GH 519 1 4588 Faith and Health: Transf Com 3 ONLINE Kiser, Miriam Yes
GH 534 1 4594 Diabetes: Global Dis Prev & Cntrl 2 ONLINE Venkat Narayan, Kabayam M. No
GH 537 1 4603 SRH in Humanitarian Emerg. 1 ONLINE Hynes, Michelle E Yes
GH 553 1 4620 Vision Hlth: A Global Persp 1 ONLINE O'Banion, Jacquelyn J No
GH 555 2 5665 Proposal Development 2 ONLINE Stein, Aryeh D. No
GH 560 1 4596 Monitor & Eval Int'l Hlth Progs 3 ONLINE Freeman, Matthew Charles No
GH 574 1 4606 Malaria Prevent Cntrl & Treat 2 ONLINE Gutman, Julie R No
HPM 500 1 4519 Intro To US Health Care System 2 ONLINE Merritt, Robert Kenneth Yes
HPM 500 2 4520 Intro To US Health Care System 2 TBA Merritt, Robert Kenneth Yes
INFO 530 1 4526 Introduction to GIS 2 ONLINE Slemons, Megan H
INFO 530 2 5398 Introduction to GIS 2 ONLINE Slemons, Megan H
INFO 530 L1 4613 Introduction to GIS 2 ONLINE Slemons, Megan H
INFO 530 L2 5416 Introduction to GIS 2 ONLINE Slemons, Megan H
INFO 532 1 4529 Advanced GIS 2 ONLINE Slemons, Megan H

Everyone taking courses at Emory University must adhere to Emory's Honor Code and is responsible for adhering to its contents. A copy of the Emory Honor Code may be accessed here.

The cost per credit hour for academic year 2020-21 is $2,270.00 per credit hour plus additional fees.

After a student registers for the desired courses, payment for the course work will be made at the Bursar’s Office located in the Boisfeuillet Jones Building Suite 100.

All fees must be paid by the payment deadline.  Fees must be paid by cash or check. Credit cards are not accepted.

No special standing public health fellowships/scholarships or other financial assistance program are available to students in special standing. Students must be enrolled in degree programs to be considered for financial aid at Emory University. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 404-727-6039.

Emory employees should contact Human Resources for questions regarding their courtesy scholarship eligibility. The courtesy scholarship application will become available once the employee has submitted an application for admission.

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If the special standing applicant is accepted the first time, but does not enroll for the initial semester of acceptance, and that applicant wishes to take classes during a subsequent semester, the applicant may write to the Rollins Admissions office to request that his or her file be reactivated for the semester he or she wishes to enroll.

Acceptance into special standing does not guarantee acceptance into the degree-seeking category. Special standing students who decide to apply as degree-seeking candidates must complete and are bound by the same application/admission process as other Rollins degree-seeking applicants. This includes the degree-seeking fall admission policy as outlined in the catalog and on the Admissions section of the website. Therefore, should you decide to apply as a degree-seeking student, you will need to apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service utilized by Rollins.

If a special standing student decides to apply to a Rollins degree program and is accepted as a degree-seeking candidate, up to nine (9) credits taken as a special-standing student may be transferred to the degree-seeking status. The transfer of individual course credits will transfer as long as the credits fulfill program degree requirements.

If a special standing student is considering eventually applying to be a degree seeking student, he/she should talk with the department ADAP to assure that the course selection is appropriate for the degree program and will transfer.

Special standing students will have school email addresses, access to Canvas (the learning management system), as well as access to online library resources.