Updated May 13, 2020

Dear Rollins Community,

We hope you enjoyed the virtual commencement exercises commemorating our 2020 graduates. As voiced in our messages to you last week, we are immensely proud of all of our students, faculty, and staff on an outstanding semester. Congratulations to all of you. If you have not yet gotten the chance do so, please view the content on both the Rollins commencement website and the main Emory commencement website—including an address from Bryan Stevenson, this year’s speaker. 

This Friday, May 15, marks the end of ASPPH’s Virtual Annual meeting, which has included virtual events every Friday since March 13. All previous sessions are available for viewing here. This week’s webinar will feature a conversation between Dr. Anthony Fauci and several deans of schools of public health, including myself, and will speak to lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will run from 1-2 p.m. EST this Friday. You can register in advance here. Please join us for the conversation if you are interested/able to do so.

Research News

Congratulations to Dr. Lance Waller, who is part of a team that recently received a Synergy II-Nexus Award. Lance’s collaborative team is among three finalists that will receive $100,000 in funding from the university to pursue their data science-themed project. His project is titled, “Differentially Private, Synthetic Controls for the Center for Health Discovery and Well-Being Cohort: Data Science to Assess Health, Wellness and Disease,” and includes Li Xiong, from the Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Yi-An Ko, from the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics; and various researchers from the Departments of Medicine and Anthropology.

Thank you, 

James W. Curran, MD, MPH

James W. Curran Dean of Public Health

Note to Applicants Affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak 

The Rollins School of Public Health is committed to supporting all applicants for admission. We are currently monitoring testing delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Our thoughts are with students and families currently impacted by this situation.

ETS has introduced a solution for students who have been impacted by the coronavirus to take the TOEFL iBT® test and the GRE® General Test at home until test centers can reopen. TOEFL® testing is scheduled to begin on March 26, and GRE testing will begin on March 27.

Testing will be conducted through the use of live remote proctoring serviced by ProctorU®. This high-touch, real-time human monitoring of test sessions limits the number of seats available. Students can register beginning today in the following countries:

  • United States 
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Macau (China)

For more information please visit the TOEFL and GRE web pages dedicated to this purpose.

Our preferred deadline for admission is July 15. The Executive MPH for working professionals does not require GRE scores. As the situation continues to evolve and we receive further information regarding testing availability, we will be in touch with applicants. If you have concerns about testing availability and the completion of your application for admission, please email us sphadmissions@emory.edu. We are here to support you and will offer updated guidance as this situation continues to evolve.

International, Enrolling Students Seeking a VISA 
As you transition from the admissions process to securing your VISA, we’d like to share some helpful tips and advisement. The following information will help you to secure your I-20 in a timely manner for the start of classes at Rollins. Please be sure to complete the following steps in advance of June 15, 2020. Your timely action will be especially important this year, as the on-going Coronavirus situation is posing some additional challenges related to travel.

  • Confirm your enrollment

  • Obtain a passport

  • Complete the VISA information sheet on the admitted student portal

  • Complete the Certificate of finances on the admitted student portal

  • Pay the VISA application fee

  • Schedule a VISA appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consular General in your home country. Please note: Wait times for appointments may be lengthy. Please refresh your VISA appointment browser to view updated available appointments. You may also seek appointments with consulates anywhere in your home country. For F-1 students, there is a special provision to request an expedited visa interview. Students living in mainland China can use this link for information regarding expedited interviews. This option is limited to applicants who are within 60 days of a start date and no regular visa appointments are available. It is also limited to applicants who have not been refused a visa within the last six months.

International, US Resident Enrolling Students
If you are enrolling in the fall 2020 semester and decide to remain in the United States before your course of study begins at Rollins, we’d like to share some advisement and resources for your consideration. 

If you are currently in the U.S. as an F-1 student and have confirmed your enrollment for 2020 at the Rollins School of Public Health, you should look into transferring your SEVIS immigration record to Emory. Now is a good time to ask your current F-1 institution about the SEVIS transfer-out process, eligibility, and government timelines. Information about the SEVIS transfer process can be found on the admitted student portal. If you miss the SEVIS transfer deadline, you will need to re-start your F-1 visa process which is not ideal.

If you are interested in learning about summer housing options, the following establishments have confirmed availability for summer and year-round graduate housing.

Clairmont Reserve
Campus Crossings

Please note that Rollins does NOT have graduate housing on campus. As noted on the admitted student portal, all of our students secure housing in the vicinity of Rollins. You can also find additional information about student housing in our Cost of Living Guide.

We know that the months ahead represent some uncertainty. We are happy to answer any questions you have about student support at Rollins as you consider your choices for a graduate school education in public health. Please do not hesitate to email our staff with any questions. We’ve provided a list of resources for your convenience.

Immigration Support: Emory ISSS Isss@emory.edu
Student Support: Joanne Williams joanne.paredes.amposta@emory.edu
Admissions: Ivone Foisy Ivone.Paula.Foisy@emory.edu
Visit Emory: Brittney Romanson Brittney.Romanson@emory.edu


Student and Faculty Update

As many of you saw in last night’s email, the thesis deadline has been extended across all departments and the EMPH program to April 29. We hope this seven-day extension will provide relief during a stressful time. Please continue to direct any thesis-related questions to your departmental ADAPs and/or directors of graduate studies.


Faculty Update 

On Monday, April 20, Kim Maune and Carmen Marsit held a Q&A session to address faculty questions regarding the financial and budgetary implications of the COVID-19 pandemic at Emory, and considerations for research program reductions and changes due to social distancing. A recording of the session can be seen here:


This video and additional resources for research are available on the Office of Research website in MyHub: https://myhub.sph.emory.edu/EmailNotificationLink.po?handle=1857557&name=COVID-19_Research_Resources