Special Standing Students

Special standing students are classified as those students who want to take Rollins classes, but are not seeking a degree. These students are allowed to enroll in courses that interest them as long as there is space available in the course and their academic backgrounds meet course prerequisites.

Please note that if you enrolled as a special standing student at the Rollins School of Public Health within the past five years, you are not required to submit another application. Students can register for public health classes onlyEnrollment in classes outside of Rollins require admissions to that school.

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 15.


The deadline to apply for fall admissions is July 15. The deadline to apply for EMPH admissions is July 1

step2  Enroll in Classes

Registration Requirements

Students should submit their completed special standing enrollment form to Robie Freeman Michaux (rfreem2@emory.edu) or Catherine Strate (cstrate@emory.edu). Students will no longer come to the Enrollment Services Office for registration.  

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. Enrollment is based on students meeting pre-requisites and space availability.

Registration deadline dates listed below are the deadlines to submit the special standing enrollment form.  Student's registration will be confirmed by email after the deadline.

Registration Deadlines


The deadline to enroll in spring classes is December 15.


The deadline to enroll in summer classes is May 1


The deadline to enroll in fall classes is August 1.

Spring 2017 classes available for Special Standing Students not requiring permission are listed below.  These classes may be registered for provided prerequisites are met and space is available.  

The Spring 2017 Internal Schedule of Classes is posted on the Enrollment Services website at https://www.sph.emory.edu/rollins-life/enrollment-services/2017-spring-internal/index.html

Behavioral Sciences & Health Education - BSHE

Special Standing students may register for any 500 level class in which students meet the pre-requisite and space is available.

Biostatistics & Bioinformatics - BIOS &INFO

BIOS 501-Class #3651 with BIOS 501L-Class #3683

BIOS 501-Class #3681 with BIOS 501L- Class #3684

Environmental Health - EH

EH 500 - Perspectives in Environmental Health

EH 523 - Neurotoxicology

EH 530 - Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

EH 546 - Environmental Microbiology: Control of Food and Waterborne Diseases(Cross-listed with GH 580) Class meets January 3 - January 7, 2017

EH 571 - Global Environmental Health Policy, Power, Science and Justice

EH 581 - Public Health Consequences of Disasters

EH 590R 000 - Initiation and Management of Research Projects under Constrained Conditions - Class meets February 16 - 18, 2017

Epidemiology - EPI

Special Standing students may register for any 500 level class in which students meet the pre-requisite and space is available.

Executive MPH - EMPH (Distance Courses)

Manadatory Requirements for EMPH Classes:

All students must have 3 years of full time work experience

All students must have completed online orientation BEFORE beginning the course

All students must have taken and passed any associated pre-requisites

All courses are permission only; Registration forms must be approved by Leah Tompkins (ltompkins@emory.edu)

All students must attend the on-campus sessions for Spring (January 6-8 and April 7-9)

AEPI 534D - Applied Epidemiology II (additional lab times Jan 7th - 8th)

AEPI 545D - Maternal & CHild Epidemiology

AEPI 555D - Chronic Disease Epidemiology

EPI 504D - Fundamentals of Epidemiology

PRS 533D - Qualitative Analysis

BIOS 517D - Applied Biostatistics II

Global Health - GH

GH 515 - Transforming Public Health Surveillance (Cross-listed with EPI 515)

GH 534 - Diabetes: A Model for Global Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control

GH 536 - Religion and Health in Context: HIV

GH 555 & Lab - Proposal Development (Must register for class and lab) Class meets Jan 10 - February 21, 2017

GH 566 - Immunization Programs and Policies (Cross-listed with EPI 566)

GH 584 - Evidence-Based Decision Making with Principal Focus on Immunization, Infectious and Chronic Diseases

Health Policy & Management - HPM

HPM 500 - Intro to US Health Care System

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 2016-2017 is $1900.00 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 in full on the day of registration. 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 Blackboard (the Internet learning site), as well as access to online library resources.