Hey everyone! My name is Amelia Blumberg and I am a second year Environmental Health – Epidemiology (EHEPI) student here at Rollins. I was born and raised here in Atlanta, Georgia and am excited to be back in the city that I love! I graduated this past May from Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) with a Bachelors in Anthropology and minors in Environmental Studies and Public Health. While in undergrad, I became interested in public health through teaching sexual education to high school students and through a summer internship at the CDC analyzing data. I chose Rollins because of the fun and welcoming atmosphere, approachable faculty members, and unique opportunities such as the REAL program. At Rollins, I am currently serving as one of the Environmental Health representatives in Rollins Student Government Association (RSGA) and as president in Jewish Students in Public Health (JSPH). While not studying or working in my REAL position, I enjoy playing any sport, cheering on Atlanta’s sports teams, and exploring new Atlanta restaurants (so many great eats here in Atlanta). I’m excited to meet the incoming students and share with them what I love about our Rollins community!
Hi! My name is Gabby D’Angelo and I am a first year Global Environmental Health student. I grew up in South Florida, just outside of Fort Lauderdale, and graduated
from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Spanish Language. After graduating, I took a short year off from school to work as a medical scribe where I had the opportunity to work in four different Emergency Rooms across the country. This experience led me to pursue my MPH and I have been thrilled with my decision to attend Rollins every single day! In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor adventures and consuming delicious food; both of which are widely available in Atlanta. I can’t wait to get to know you all and share with you everything that Atlanta and the Rollins community have to offer!
Hey there! My name is Emma and I’m a second year Environmental Health and Epidemiology MSPH candidate originally hailing from New Jersey. Following my graduation from Oberlin College in 2014, I spent a year in North Carolina serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a Title I elementary school. Here at Rollins, I’m involved with student government, the Emory Pipeline Collaborative, Rollins Environmental Health Action Coalition (REHAC), and a REAL job working with an Epidemiology professor investigating an environmental contamination incident from the 1970s. I’m interested in pursuing a career in exposure assessment and translational science with a focus on environmental justice issues. Rollins has provided me with so much — a supportive community, tremendous faculty and staff, numerous professional experiences and networking — that I wanted to share my enthusiasm with prospective students!
Hi! My name is David and I am a second year MSPH candidate in Environmental Health and Epidemiology. I grew up in Los Angeles, California but moved cross country to study Geosciences at Williams College in Massachusetts. After graduating I worked in the SF Bay Area with the California Department of Public Health for a few years. With experience in a public health department I decided to pursue an MPH and knew I wanted a school that would bring practical applications from the real world into the classroom. I came to Rollins for the myriad of opportunities available, the quality of professors and classes, and the diverse and interesting classmates. The ability to network combined with the chance to gain valuable field experience through the REAL system are unique to Rollins. The access to public health professionals, a high quality education, and the broad interests of classmates are what brought me to Rollins. I am excited to share my enthusiasm for Rollins and all it has to offer!
Hello there! My name is Tara and I am a second year Environmental Health MPH student. Originally from Austin, Texas, I received my Bachelors in Biology from Angelo State University and took a year off school before pursuing my graduate degree. During my year off, I worked in HIV surveillance at the Texas Department of State Health Services, getting my first exposure to epidemiology and database management. I am still in the process of discovering my passions within public health, but I am currently interested in infectious disease, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and hospital epidemiology. Flexible class schedules are one big reason I chose to study at Rollins because I am free (and encouraged) to explore all of my interests! Since starting at Rollins, I began pursuing a certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), became a member in the Rollins Environmental Health Action Coalition (Environmental Health club), and became a member in the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT). Atlanta has proven to be a very vibrant city to explore and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I have been positively blown away by the accomplishments of my peers and I am so proud to call myself a Rollins student.
My name is Steven, and I am a first year Environmental Health-Epidemiology (EH-EPI) student. I was born and raised in Concord, CA, but I attended undergrad at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR, where I graduated with a degree in Sociology. A lot of my life has been filled with community service, and I knew that I didn’t want to go straight to graduate school, so I decided to sign up for the Peace Corps and was sent to live in East Java, Indonesia. Although my main responsibility was teaching English, my most memorable parts of my service were the great conversations I had and the amazing food that I ate. After serving in the Peace Corps, I found my way to Atlanta and Rollins. My academic passions include water and foodborne diseases, along with a little bit of zoonotic diseases. My career goals include becoming an EIS officer and eventually working for MSF or one of the UN agencies as an applied epidemiologist. If any of this interests you as well, let’s talk! Welcome to Rollins! I’m sure you’ll find this place as welcoming and full of amazing and passionate people as I have!
Hey! My name is Abena Twumasi and I am a first year Global Environmental Health student at Rollins. Originally from Sweden, I moved to Ghana, West Africa where I
eventually graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. I spent some time after my degree working in at the university as a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Environmental Science. It was during this time that I put together the elements of what I loved doing: improving health outcomes, working with vulnerable populations, research and travel – that eventually brought me to the world of public health. Public health was what I wanted to do and Rollins was definitely the right place for it! The amalgamation of a world class education and the genuine sense of support from the diverse Rollins community, including a highly accomplished school faculty at RSPH gives you an unmatched learning experience and exposure! Get ready for an amazing time. I hope to see you soon!