Farah Ahmed
Farah Ahmed

Hi! My name is Farah and I am a second year student in the Epidemiology department. I have lived in the metro Atlanta area my whole life and recently graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014 (Go Dawgs!) with a B.S. in Health Promotion and Behavior. My research interests include health risk behaviors and infectious diseases with an emphasis on hepatitis and injection drug use. I currently work at NORC at the University of Chicago as a graduate research assistant working on several hepatitis C projects. I chose to attend Rollins because of the friendly atmosphere it immediately projects and the ample opportunities it provides its students to get public health experiences and internships during their time here. My love for Rollins is why I chose to become an ambassador and so I could also share my wonderful experience here with others!


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Kate Foley

Hi! My name is Kate and I’m a first ­year Epidemiology here at Rollins. I’m originally from Saint Augustine, Florida and went to Tulane University in New Orleans for my undergraduate degree. I majored in public health and minored in Spanish. Plan A was to apply to medical school right after undergrad, but during my senior year when I wrote my thesis, I decided that I wanted to spend some more time dedicated to public health before I took that route. Coming from Florida and New Orleans, I’m a little afraid of winter here in Atlanta but I’ve come to really love the city in the short time that I’ve been here so far (even if I have to celebrate Mardi Gras from a distance this year)! From the first day of Visit Emory last March, I felt very at home on the Rollins campus, and I’m so appreciative of all the resources available to public health students here. I am currently working at a medical non­profit through the REAL program, which I really enjoy and through which I’m learning a lot. My ultimate goal is to work as an infectious disease or emergency medicine physician in the context of disaster preparation, relief, and recovery both in the United States and internationally. No matter what road in public health you see yourself taking in your future, I think Rollins is the perfect place to prepare!


Nisha George

Hello! I am Nisha George and I am a first year Epidemiology student at Rollins. I was born and raised in Mumbai, India and moved to little ole Augusta, GA as a teenager. I graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!!) with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate student, I worked in a laboratory to understand molecular mechanisms that could be used to curb the activity of a cancerous protein. While this biochemical research was fascinating, I was curious about work and research that stretched beyond a laboratory and directly impacted people. I worked for two years after college as the Coordinator of a Sickle Cell Disease Transition Program in Augusta, where I got to interact with and help pediatric patients living with this chronic illness. This experience encouraged me to pursue my degree in public health, specifically at Rollins. The education and experiences in public health provided by Rollins are tremendous. It has been incredible to learn from and work with accomplished and passionate faculty members, who are invested in my personal and professional development. I would not choose to be anywhere but in Rollins and in Atlanta. I look forward to meeting you soon and would love to answer any of your questions!   


Reem Hamoda

Hi everyone! My name is Reem Hamoda and I’m a 1st year MPH student in the Epidemiology department. Originally from the Philly suburbs, I graduated in 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh (H2P!) with a B.S in Microbiology, although my research interests are in social epidemiology and health services research. I chose RSPH because of the supportive atmosphere, comprehensive curriculum, and vast opportunities to apply what you learn in the classroom! Through my REAL position in the Emory School of Medicine, I’ve had many opportunities to tailor my research interests, strengthen my skills in EPI research (from grant writing to data analysis and manuscript preparation), and advance professionally in the field. I hope to have a successful career as a physician and health services researcher, and I’ve already seen how the skills I’m learning will help me in my pursuits. Outside of school and work, I’ve made ‘trying to cook like an adult’ my new hobby. Other hobbies of mine include exploring the ATL with my Rollins fam, listening to podcasts, and volunteering in the community. Please feel free to ask me any questions about my experiences at Rollins!


Chandni Jaggi

Hi! My name is Chandni and I am a first year Epidemiology student at Rollins. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and went to Texas A&M (WHOOP) for my undergraduate degree. I got my Bachelors of Science in Health with a concentration in Community Health and a minor in Biology in 2016. My interests are immunizations and HIV on both the domestic and international scale.  One of the best things about Rollins is there is so much research going on, if you have a specific area of interest you can probably find a professor who shares that interest. Rollins was an easy choice because of its sense of community, incredible faculty, and beautiful campus. When I’m not in class or work, I love exploring the city and trying new restaurants. Atlanta has much to offer and is such a cool city I definitely recommend taking advantage of it. Jeni’s Ice Cream at Krog Street Market is one of my favorite finds so far!


Ellie Kerr
Ellie Kerr

Hi everyone! My name is Ellie and I’m a first year MPH student in the Epidemiology department. I’m a Pennsylvania native and I’m really enjoying my first Southern winter. Just this May, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh last year with degrees in microbiology and economics. When deciding on where I wanted to pursue my MPH, I chose Rollins because I could tell how passionate everyone was about public health and how many opportunities there would be for me to get experience right away. In just my first semester, I’ve met so many inspiring people and was able to work with two faculty members on research projects that have given me insight into different aspects in public health and skills that will help me as I advance in my career. When I’m not at school, I love going to baseball games, urban gardening, biking, and eating (a lot). Please feel free to email me about any questions you have about Rollins, Atlanta, where to eat when you’re in town, or anything else!


Hi! My name is Ali Kovac and I am a first year Epidemiology MPH student. I grew up in Virginia Beach and graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2016 with

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a degree in Economics. I am very passionate about Public Health and am particularly interested in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Currently, I am a Research Assistant at the Emory’s School of Medicine focusing on studying HIV in women.  This has given me a great opportunity to gain real world work experience beyond the classroom.  From the very first day, I have felt the support and dedication of the faculty and staff here at Rollins and I have loved my time here. When I’m not in school, I enjoy exploring Atlanta by bike on the BeltLine and trying new restaurants.



Hey! My name is Anuja and I’m a 2nd year Epidemiology MPH student. I graduated from

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Anuja Mathur

UNC‐ Chapel Hill (’11) with a B.S. in Biology and then worked for four years in a cancer research lab at UNC before coming to Rollins. I had a tough time deciding between some East coast schools but ultimately chose Emory and have zero regrets! There are many reasons for this, but it mostly boils down to the program structure and the opportunities available to you as a student. I was a bit concerned about adjusting back to school but everyone here wants you to succeed and will help you however they can. Atlanta as a city is great‐ one of my favorite activities is to go bicycling down the BeltLine, which is a 2mi path with fun things along the way like King of Pops popsicles!


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Jason Pecorella

Hey! I’m Jason Pecorella, a first year Epidemiology student from Columbia, South Carolina. I came to Rollins directly from undergrad- I got my B.S. in Neuroscience from Furman University. I decided to pursue my MPH during a study abroad trip in Botswana, where I studied governmental efforts in curbing the HIV crisis and the factors that inhibited successful program implementation. My research interests are still all over the board at the moment, but I intend to go to medical school after completing my MPH so I tend to be interested in infection control and genomics. At Rollins I am involved with student government and am currently serving as the Vice President of the student body. I’m also a barista at Starbucks and can make a pretty stellar latte. Since being at Rollins I have fallen in love with Emory and the surrounding area, Emory Point is actually a hub of great lunch spots. I am excited to share my experiences with you and help you see yourself as a member of our community!





Shannon Pruitt
Shannon Pruitt

Hello! My name is Shannon and I am a second year MPH student in the Epidemiology department. I am originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and completed my undergraduate education last year from Westminster College in Missouri. Coming straight to Atlanta from Fulton, Missouri (a city with a population of around 12,000) was a BIG change. Thankfully Rollins was a perfect welcoming environment and I quickly adjusted to the city life­ and I am absolutely loving it! Rollins provides so many incredible opportunities to get involved and gain practical work experience. I’ve been able to explore my interests in maternal and child health through my REAL position at the National Centers on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC. I’m constantly reminded that I made a great decision to attend Rollins. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you and answer any questions you may have!


Joana Rosales

Hi! My name is Joana Rosales and I am first year Epidemiology student at Rollins. Before coming to Rollins, I graduate from Dalton State College with a B.S. in Biology and a Chemistry minor. Rollins was my first choice due to its great academic program, close proximity to several public health organizations and amazing faculty. I knew all those great things about Rollins, but nothing compared to how I felt when I visited in the Spring. The welcome from faculty and students was beyond anything else I had experienced. Right away, it was obvious that my success mattered and they were willing to do anything to help me achieve my goals. So far, I have been able to explore my interests and learn about different opportunities. I can confidently say that I am being prepared to be a leader in this field. I have never been a part of a community that cares so much about its members and reminds me every day that I made the right choice coming to Rollins! I am excited to share my passion for Rollins with others and look forward to welcoming you into our community!


Penelope Strid

Hello! My name is Penelope and I am pursuing a MPH in Epidemiology and a certificate in Human Rights. I received my B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from a small university in the Chicago suburbs. In the summer of 2015, I attended the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) at Emory. My SIBS experienced showed me what incredible contributions are made to health “behind the scenes” thanks to epidemiologic studies and data analysis and this peaked my interest in public health. Furthermore, during my SIBS experience I was able to chat with many professors and current students to learn more about Rollins; making it an easy choice to pursue my degree here. I look forward to having you join our community!


Nimmy Thomas
Nimmy Thomas

Hi y’all! My name is Nimmy Thomas and I am a second year Global Epidemiology student from Plano, Texas. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. I chose to come to Emory because there is a strong sense of community both academically and socially at this school. During my first year, I was involved in the Clarkston­Rollins program (1 year service learning program), worked on a prospective cohort study on pregnant women with congenital heart disease through my REAL (Rollins Earn and Learn) position, and served as a weekly volunteer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I am excited to share with all of you my enthusiasm for Rollins and all the experiences Emory and the city of Atlanta offers to students in the field of public health.


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Jeremy Reich

Hello everyone! My name is Jeremy Reich and I am a second year MPH student in Epidemiology from Mendon, Vermont. I came to Rollins directly from undergrad with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Villanova University. Rollins was my first choice program due to the impressive academic reputation, accessible faculty, and proximity to outstanding public health organizations. Along with my academics in Epidemiology, I am pursuing the socio­contextual determinants of health certificate, working as a graduate research assistant for PRISM Health, and serving as a Brand Ambassador for the Atlanta Hawks. Rollins has definitely been the right choice for me as a graduate institution, and I look forward to showing you everything we have to offer!


Danielle Shojaie
Danielle Shojaie

Hi! My name is Danielle, and I am a second year student in the epidemiology department. I was born in Houston, Texas but grew up outside of Pittsburgh. I graduated in April of 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt!) with a BS in biological sciences and a BA in Hispanic languages and literatures. My love of languages also led me to study Portuguese as well. Coming straight from undergrad, Rollins was my first choice before I visited due to its top notch academic program and its proximity to public health institutions like CDC. Last Spring when I visited, I was so impressed by the sense of community at Rollins and how the camaraderie here encourages students to connect with professors and peers to find their niche and achieve their goals, so I decided to make it my home for the next two years! Since starting at Rollins, I have been working in a REAL position with a non­profit, Hemophilia of Georgia, which has really allowed me, a non­native, to learn about Atlanta and Georgia beyond the scope of the university. For fun, I have been trying to visit many of the famous and not­ so­ famous places Atlanta is known for as I love to travel. I also love to read and cook (or experiment, as my roommate would say). I am excited to be a student ambassador for RSPH and help during the exciting and, at times, challenging process of finding the right program!