Student Profiles

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Rosa Abraha
Health Policy, MPH ‘19

Rosa Abraha is the type of woman who knows what she wants. With her eye set on public office, Rosa is an active dreamer who has taken thoughtful steps toward achieving her goals.

At 20, the ink barely dry on her college diploma, Rosa snagged a coveted position with the National Institutes of Health where she worked in various capacities as a health education and outreach specialist. After three...

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Meron Asfaha
Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, MPH ‘19

Meron Asfaha’s interest in public health draws from a personal place. "My mother grew up and lived in Ethiopia, and, upon visiting there, I noticed large infrastructural issues related to access to care for those who are impoverished. At the same time, I noticed that there were a lot of mothers caring for children that were on the streets without necessary shelter or resources," she says...

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Theresa Bailey
Global Health, Community Health and Development Track, MPH ‘19

Ever since she was young, Theresa Bailey has been passionate about other cultures. After graduating from Yale with a degree in Spanish, she spent three years doing global field work through two fellowships—first, researching rates of teenage pregnancy in Mexico and later working with a small nonprofit in Nicaragua that focused on community development and engagement. For Theresa, it wasn’t just a love of languages that sparked...

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Samantha Banark
Executive MPH Program, Applied Public Health Informatics Track, MPH ‘19

When she discovered the Executive MPH program at Rollins, Samantha Banark was at a point in her career where she had the aptitude and desire to continue growing in the health care IT space, but didn’t have a degree or formal education to back it. Samantha found the Applied Public Health Informatics Track to be the perfect fit for the skills she wanted with its mixture of technical...

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Stephanie Dixon

Stephanie Dixon
Executive MPH Program, Applied Epidemiology Track, MPH ‘19

Stephanie Dixon was beginning her medical fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when she applied to Rollins’ Executive MPH program. Since Stephanie is pursuing a career surrounding childhood cancer survivors, she knew that building her knowledge base in public health with a master’s degree could help her achieve her goals.

Stephanie’s interest in the field was sparked after volunteering as a counselor...

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Rodney Goodie

Rodney Goodie, MBA
Executive MPH Program, Prevention Science Track, MPH ‘19

When Rodney Goodie considered going back to school and getting his MPH, his biggest concern was finding a school that fit his busy schedule as the CEO of a community health center in Houston. In the past, he had completed a weekend MBA program that perfectly aligned with his hectic work week. When he stumbled upon Rollins’ Executive MPH program—which blends online coursework with on-campus weekends...

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Ty Kraniak

Ty Kraniak
Global Epidemiology, MPH ‘19

Ty Kraniak has been thinking globally for much of his life. Raised in a family that valued travel, he visited Rwanda for the first time when he was in high school and has been to 80 countries to date. "That kind of travel gives you exposure to the world at a young age," he says. During his trip to Rwanda, Ty and his family visited a local hospital...

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Allyson Mateja

Allyson Mateja
Biostatistics, MSPH ‘19

Allyson Mateja has always had a knack for numbers. After studying biology and math during undergrad, she started searching for a way to combine her two passions into a meaningful career. While doing SAS programming work as a contractor with the National Institutes of Health after college, she met a few biostatisticians who introduced her to the field of public health...

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Miranda Mitchell
Environmental Health, BS/MPH ‘19

Most people don’t dream of capturing bats in the caves of Costa Rica. Then again, Miranda Mitchell isn’t most people. As an environmental sciences major at Emory College, she received the Lester Research Grant (open to students in the Department of Environmental Sciences) to travel and conduct her research, which she is now analyzing and using as her thesis in the Department of Environmental Health at Rollins...

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Susanna Trost

Susanna Trost
Epidemiology, MPH ‘19

When she first considered attending Rollins and relocating from Philadelphia to Atlanta, Susanna Trost was concerned about uprooting her life to move so far away. But, when Susanna visited campus in person, the anxiety melted away.

"I was between Rollins and a few other schools," she says, "but I ultimately knew that for what I wanted to do, there was no other school that could offer the level...

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