Doctoral Student Support

As a leading school of public health, Rollins attracts a growing number of PhD candidates each year. Donors who support doctoral programs enable Rollins to compete with much older and larger schools and to advance research by engaging the most exceptional scholars.

One such donor is the Livingston Foundation of Atlanta, which established the Livingston Fellowship to help Rollins students to pursue their doctoral research.

Livingston Fellows

Elizabeth Walker 08MPH and Joseph Njau, pictured above, were the 2012 Livingston Fellows

Joseph Njau, who hails from Tanzania, first came to Rollins as William H. Foege Global Health Fellow and subsequently was admitted into the Health Services Research and Health Policy PhD program. Njau applies his economics background to global public health challenges. Thanks to the Livingston Fellowship, Njau was able to purchase the hardware and software needed to analyze data on the economic effects of malaria.

Having attained his PhD in health services research and policy in May, 2013, Njau plans to continue working with institutions and individuals committed to reducing the global burden of malaria and neglected tropical diseases worldwide. He currently works as a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow in the CDC's Global Immunization Division.


I truly appreciate the efforts of the Rollins School of Public Health and the generosity of donors, such as the Livingston Foundation, in supporting doctoral students. Rollins has fostered an environment in which I was able to successfully design and conduct a dissertation research project that I am passionate about. I have also had opportunities at Rollins to round out my academic experience through collaborating with faculty on research projects, instructing MPH students, and serving on committees.

Elizabeth Walker

2012 Livingston Fellow