About REAL

Rollins offers a one-of-a-kind public health experience. The REAL program provides funding for full-time, master’s-level public health graduate students to access job positions aligned with their professional goals. Apply to Rollins to be eligible to receive a REAL program award!

Current REAL students, please use the buttons below for more information. Prospective students, click here for more details about receiving REAL. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. This not a need-based financial aid program or federal work-study. It is not applied towards your tuition, and it is not a lump-sum stipend.

About 50% of full-time MSPH/MPH student receive the award for the academic year.

No. Students must apply for REAL-approved positions and employers determine who they would like to hire.

No. Earnings are deposited into your bank account on a bi-weekly basis for every hour you work. Funds not earned are forfeited.

No. Students are allowed employment in only one position funded through REAL at a time. However, students can have a REAL position and a non-REAL position simultaneously.

International students who are eligible to work may apply for a REAL Award after classes begin in their first semester at RSPH. Should the student receive REAL, it will become effective for the second semester of the first year of the program.


For questions regarding REAL, program organization and logistics, posting a position, and invoicing, please contact the REAL Program Manager, Lisa Parker, at real@emory.edu.

For questions relating to Human Resources and the KRONOS timekeeping system, please contact rsphhrhelp@emory.edu. Tax, W-2, and direct deposit questions can be directed to Emory Payroll: 404-727-6100.