Frequently Asked Questions

This is a rigorous program and is challenging to complete in one year. So, we strongly recommend applying for it as early as possible in your academic career to give you the time necessary to complete the requirements. It is also a competitive program with only 10-15 students admitted each year. If there is space available, second-year student applications will be considered. But, these students should have much of the requirements completed (electives, and/or research/practicum) to ensure the feasibility of completing the certificate if accepted.

Yes, there are many skill sets that are learned in non-global settings but are applicable to humanitarian emergency work. Please review the top of our certificate page to understand the broad skills useful in a CHE setting. For more information, you can talk with your ADAP or faculty advisor.

Only student applications that meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • 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 methods skills for resource-poor settings.

This is a joint certificate program between Rollins and the CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB). IERHB is heavily invested in this program and teaches the core required classes as well as a number of the electives. Through this certificate program, IERHB is committed to creating a cohort of professionals who will work in this field. The CDC will work with certificate students in developing thesis and work study opportunities and other research as well as networking opportunities for post-graduate work. Because of the investment made in the program and its students, criteria were developed to ensure a demonstrated commitment to CHE-focused work is evident.

Yes, the program was designed to be feasible regardless of the department provided the admission criteria are met.

The CDC will work with certificate students in developing thesis and work study opportunities and other research as well as networking for post-graduate work.

Yes. It is important to apply as early as possible. The core classes are limited in size and it is important to ensure certificate students get priority registration for them. So, GLEPI students should apply in their first year even though they likely will not take their core classes until their second year.

There will be an information session every fall and those interested in the certificate are strongly encouraged to attend. Your ADAP can also provide you with additional information.

Core classes are limited in size and student interest often exceeds space available. Every effort will be made to accommodate students who are not part of the certificate program but priority registration will be given to student who have been accepted into the certificate program.