Social Determinants of Health Summer Institute



The Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) Summer Institute on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) provides opportunities to gain the foundational knowledge and applied skills needed to study and intervene in the social determinants of health. According to Healthy People 2020, the social determinants of health are “conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.” Addressing these social determinants is vital to eliminating health inequities.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Rollins School of Public Health’s inaugural Social Determinants of Health Summer Institute. Although you will need to make your own accommodations, if needed, we would like to assist you by providing these recommendations:

Emory University Clairmont Campus 

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at Emory’s satellite campus, located just 2 miles from RSPH, and easily accessible via University “C” shuttle service. Rooms at the Clairmont campus fill up quickly. If you are interested in this accommodation option, please book soon.

The Clairmont campus’ address is 2425 Dooley Drive, Decatur, GA.

Private one bedroom/one bathrooms are available for $56/night. Private rooms within two bedroom/two bathroom suites are available for $39/night.

To make a reservation at the Clairmont campus, please visit the following link:

While staying at the Clairmont campus, you will have full access to the gym, outdoor pool (if open), and other amenities at the Student Activity & Academic Center (SAAC). More information on the SAAC can be found here:

When booking your room, you will also have the option to buy a parking pass for the Clairmont campus’ Starvine parking deck. For more on parking and transportation options on campus, please visit Note: this parking pass would be valid only at the Starvine deck, and not at other parking decks across Emory’s campus.

Note: In the event Dr. Kramer’s course is canceled and you have already reserved a room at the Clairmont Campus, the Clairmont Campus will refund your reservation if you give them at least 30 days notice before your check-in date.

Emory Conference Center Hotel 

The Conference Center Hotel is located 0.3 miles from RSPH. The address is 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA.

To make a reservation, please call (404) 712-6000 and mention you are an Emory University student for a discounted rate.

To learn more about the Conference Center Hotel, visit

Courtyard by Marriott at Downtown Decatur

The Courtyard by Marriott is located 2.5 miles from RSPH in the bustling Downtown Decatur area. The address is 130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA.

Complimentary hotel shuttle service to Emory University is available. To reserve a room and/or to learn more about shuttle service and other amenities, please call (404) 371-0204. Details can also be found at the hotel’s website:

For more on things to do in the Downtown Decatur area, visit

Parking on Campus

If you choose to drive to RSPH, paid parking is available just minutes away at the Michael Street parking deck. Visitor parking rates are as follows:

0-15 min  free
15 min-1 hr $4
1-2 hours $6
2-3 hours $8
3-4 hours $10
4-24 hours * $12
Lost ticket $25

To learn more about parking on campus, visit

Note: The Michael Street deck is the closest deck to RSPH. Other decks (including Peavine, Fishburne, etc) will require at least a 10-minute walk through campus to RSPH. 

Campus Shuttle Service 

Complimentary University shuttle service is available across campus and throughout nearby areas. The shuttle stops (and their associated shuttle lines) closest to RSPH include: 

  • “CCTMA” line: Clifton @ 1525 Bldg
    • RSPH is across the street
  • “C,” “North Dekalb,” “South Dekalb” lines: Woodruff Circle
    • Final stop; RSPH is a 7-10 minute walk away)
    • Most shuttle lines (including those not mentioned above) end and originate at Woodruff Circle

To learn more about the shuttle routes and schedules, visit


Registration for the inaugural 2018 RSPH SDOH Summer Institute is now open. We will offer two on-campus courses in May:

Multilevel thinking and analysis in the social determinants of health

DESCRIPTION: A core tenet of a ‘social determinants of health’ perspective is that causal drivers of population health and health disparities exist at multiple levels, including individuals, families, neighborhoods, and nation-states. Mirroring this multilevel perspective on disease distribution and causation, many public health datasets are similarly ‘multi-level’ with observations on individuals nested within clusters; clusters may be defined by residential community, hospital, school, state, or other grouping. Multileveled data present two challenges for public health analysts. First, clustered observations violate statistical assumptions of independence, producing biased estimates. Second, the causal questions of interest often focus on the relative importance of and interaction between contextual levels (e.g., neighborhood) and individual levels. Multilevel regression is a toolset for addressing each of these concerns. In this workshop, we will develop conceptual understanding of multilevel processes in health, and introduce and apply analytic methods in SAS for the analysis of multilevel data.


Michael Kramer

Instructor: Michael Kramer, PhD

Dr. Kramer is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Rollins. He is a social epidemiologist with deep expertise in applying multilevel methods to study the social determinants of maternal and child health. Dr. Kramer has led several federally funded grants using multilevel methods, and currently teaches a graduate-level course on social epidemiology. To learn more about Dr. Kramer’s research and teaching interests, click here

DATES: May 22–25, 2018, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

LOCATION: The Rollins School of Public Health

1518 Clifton Road, Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30322

FORMAT: Mornings in lecture, discussion, and group work; afternoons in computer lab


  • Experience in SAS, including data management, summarization, and multivariable regression.
  • Prior experience with linear and generalized linear (e.g. logistic or Poisson) multivariable regression.

TUITION: $650 for people who are currently enrolled as students at Emory or other universities; $800 for non-students

Note: If enrollment is not large enough, we reserve the right to cancel this class by May 1, 2018. People who are enrolled will have their tuition fully reimbursed.

Questions about the multilevel class? Contact Dr. Michael Kramer at

Questions about the summer institute? Contact Dr. Julie Gazmararian at or Dr. Hannah Cooper at

Qualitative Data Analysis (in partnership with QUAL-WORKS)

This course is cross-listed with the QUAL-WORKS summer training program on qualitative research based at Emory University. To learn more about all the training workshops conducted by QUAL-WORKS click here.

DESCRIPTION: This 2.5-day workshop integrates the principles and skills needed to conduct rigorous qualitative data analysis. Course sessions cover different approaches to analysis, analytic tasks and how to use software for analysis. Participants will leave the workshop with the knowledge and skills to effectively analyze, report and evaluate textual data. Participants will also learn how to use a textual data analysis program in hands-on lab sessions. This workshop is suitable for anyone wishing to analyze qualitative data or those who supervise or train research staff. It also provides valuable skills for evaluating research papers, proposals or projects that use qualitative data.


Monnique Hennink

Instructor: Monique Hennink, PhD

Dr. Hennink is an associate professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins. Dr. Hennink has 25 years of experience teaching and conducting qualitative research in global settings. She has authored five textbooks on qualitative research and developed the QUAL-WORKS training program on qualitative research for public health professionals. She conducts training workshops both in the US and internationally and teaches graduate level courses at Rollins. Her research is globally diverse, examining behavioral aspects of public health issues, such as reproductive health behavior, HIV/AIDS risk reduction, sanitation behaviors, behavioral interventions for reducing diabetes, and women’s empowerment research. Much of her research focuses on resource-poor settings, which provides course participants with exposure to balancing methodological rigor with the practical realities of international fieldwork. To learn more about Dr. Hennink’s research and teaching click here.

DATES: May 29–30, 2018, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; May 31, 2018, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

LOCATION:     The Rollins School of Public Health

1518 Clifton Road, Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30322

FORMAT: This course uses lecture based sessions, interactive discussions, small group activities, and hands-on software sessions.

PRE-REQUISITES: Previous experience with qualitative research is desirable, but not required. A laptop is needed for software sessions.


Questions about the qualitative data analysis class? Contact Ms. Khaleelah Muwwakkil at

Questions about the summer institute? Contact Dr. Julie Gazmararian at  or Dr. Hannah Cooper at