Updated April 2, 2020

Dear Rollins Community,

We wanted to take a moment today to extend our sincere gratitude to our entire staff, all of whom have stepped up to meet the intense demands involved with transitioning our work and learning environments to a remote arrangement. Our service units have worked tirelessly over the last several weeks to continue operations and to maintain a level of excellence we have come to expect at Rollins. None of these tasks are a small lift in normal circumstances. Please know that your efforts have not gone unnoticed and that we appreciate you.  

Like Emory University, the Rollins School of Public Health is committed to supporting our staff who ensure the continuation of our research and academic programs. Please know that we value all of you and thank you for the work you are doing behind the scenes to ascertain continued alignment with our mission. While we all miss our on-campus interactions, we are proud of the adjustments everyone has made to meet the needs of our community virtually throughout social distancing.   

Zoom Research Event Friday, April 3, 10 am-11 am: Diabetes and COVID-19

This Friday, Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan will moderate a panel that includes Drs. Carlos del Rio, Mohammed K. Ali and Guillermo Umpierrez, to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on diabetes. 

Please join in for this important discussion and feel free to share it widely.  https://zoom.us/j/943721209


Thank you, 

James W. Curran, MD, MPH

James W. Curran Dean of Public Health


5 things to know for how to manage the pandemic in the context of RSPH-related work:

  1. Protect yourself and prevent illness by washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Hand sanitizer stations and wipes will also be available soon in locations throughout Rollins. Avoid touching your face, cover your coughs, and stay home when you are sick.
  2. Classes are re-starting online March 23, 2020, and will be held remotely through the end of the semester.
  3. Faculty and staff should consult with their supervisors regarding teleworking options, per the HR guidance.
  4. Effective Tuesday March 24, both buildings will be closed.  To request temporary card access, please email RSPHCOVID19@listserv.cc.emory.edu
  5. All non-essential travel, conferences, and meetings should be held remotely if possible or otherwise rescheduled.

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic is causing understandable worry among our prospective domestic and International students. Our thoughts are with everyone currently experiencing loss and stress due to this ongoing situation. Emory University and the Rollins School of Public Health are working to support our community of International students, which comprises nearly 20% of our enrolled student population. Updates and messaging are available on the Emory University website.

All students should comply with CDC advisories and recommendations regarding travel.

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. We encourage students living in areas where the GRE, TOEFL®, and IELTS testing has been cancelled to register for May exams, if possible.

Prometric representatives in coordination with ETS are actively reaching out to reschedule individuals with GRE or TOEFL® testing appointments at Prometric test centers for the latter half of April. Updates are available on the Prometric site. In addition, ETS is waiving rescheduling fees for those whose testing has not been canceled, but who feel uncomfortable going to a test center. ETS is working to introduce a secure solution that will allow students in some areas to take the TOEFL iBT test and the GRE General Test from home until test centers reopen for regular testing.

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



At this time, Rollins has suspended campus tours. We thank you for your interest in the Rollins School of Public Health and look forward to welcoming you to our campus at a later date.

For enrolling students invited to Visit Emory, Rollins will transition all Visit Emory programming online. We are looking forward to engaging with you and offering you all that you need to know about our faculty, research, students and community at Rollins by means of online and virtual programming. Dates and times will be forthcoming.

Student Updates

  • Students, we would like to reiterate our promise to deliver you the best academic experience possible and to allow you to progress through your program of study expeditiously. Regardless of where you are in your studies, please know that we are here to assist you as you work to complete your theses, applied practice experiences, graduation requirements, and course competencies. During these unprecedented times, we continue to work with our faculty to provide flexibility to assure our students continue to progress in their programs.
  • The Office of Career Development continues to provide opportunities for career coaching, resume advice, job searching, and other professional development needs, which are changing and evolving throughout this pandemic experience. The team remains dedicated in assisting our students in finding public health positions, both for students looking for summer opportunities and for students graduating this spring. It is important to continue your job searching activities in the form of networking and applying to positions so that you will be in their applicant pool databases and remain on their radars through your networking efforts. Please reach out to the Office of Career Development using the contact information below and utilize their services throughout your educational journey with us, particularly those of you who will be graduating soon. 


Career Coaching Appointments: Virtual one-on-one career appointments can be scheduled through Handshake. https://rsph.joinhandshake.com/login

Job Search Tools and Additional Career Resources:  https://sph.emory.edu/careers/current-students/job-search-tools/index.html          

Networking: MentorRollins (Virtual Networking tool) https://sph.emory.edu/careers/featured-services/mentoring-program/index.html

Office of Career Development: Contact us at  rsphcareerdev@emory.edu or 404-727-9957.

Update for Faculty and Staff 

Starting today, March 30, Healthy Emory is launching several free virtual fitness and wellness programming opportunities open to all Emory University employees. Please see several options listed below and attached to this email. 

Blomeyer Virtual Programming: See attached

Recreation & Wellness Programming: See attached. Fitness classes will be posted to their social media accounts each day at 9 a.m.

Faculty Staff Assistance Program: Emotional support during COVID-19 http://fsap.emory.edu/emotional-physical-health/emotional-support-during-COVID19.html 

Exercise, Nutrition, Stress and Sleep Resources: Healthy Emory has put together a list of resources to assist you with these aspects of health and wellness:https://www.hr.emory.edu/eu/_includes/documents/sections/wellness/mmc-covid.pdf 

Virtual Walking Group: Walking on Wednesdays will continue on Wednesdays through May 6 and will include weekly themes. Individuals are encouraged to stay active by taking a walk alone or with family. Everyone who sends a picture of their walk on Wednesdays will receive 100 points weekly that can be applied to their Healthy Emory Connect accounts. "Attend" 5 of 7 walks and receive 1,000 points toward your Healthy Emory Connect account. Register here.

Daily Yoga Sessions: are being offered virtually for Emory employees. These sessions will take place daily at 5:30 p.m. and will be led by certified yoga instructors. Access these sessions through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/587193971 

Daily Meditation: Free, live, online CBCT® “drop-in” sessions will provide a chance to connect with others and to decompress. These meditations will be offered Monday through Friday, 7:00-7:45 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 9:00-9:45 a.m. https://www.compassion.emory.edu/cbct-covid19-response.html