Health Policy & Management
Hello, my name is Mahalia Ashraf. I am a second year Health Policy and Management student in the Management Tract. I was born and raised in Decatur (where it’s greater!) right here in metro‐Atlanta. I completed my B.S. in Health Promotion and Behavior with a minor in Communication Studies at the University of Georgia. I took a gap year before coming to Rollins where I worked as a Clinical Operations Associate with a hospital management company. I am currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Emory School of Medicine where I am learning more about the clinical aspect of healthcare and research. Aside from my passion for Rollins (the greatest School of Public Health there is), I love trying new foods, hanging out with friends and family, and doing craft projects. I am always available for any questions that you may have and look forward to helping you out in any way possible!
Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am a first year Health Policy and Management student at Rollins with a focus on policy. I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and as a teenager moved to Columbia, South Carolina. I graduated in May of 2016 from Wofford College with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in Neuroscience. My junior year I spent a semester abroad studying public health in India, South Africa, and Brazil. This experience helped me to discover my passion for public health policy and evaluation. I currently work part-time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I ensure federal laboratories follow proper safety protocols and risk assessment preparations. I chose Rollins because of the qualified faculty and welcoming environment! Additionally, Atlanta is a great place to experience different public health opportunities through CDC, Emory Healthcare, American Cancer Society, etc. When I am not at school, I teach a barre fitness class. I enjoy exercising, exploring Atlanta, and trying different tacos! Atlanta is a very fun, livable city that is perfect for graduate students. I love being a part of the Emory community and look forward to meeting you all!
Hey! My name is Orane Douglas and I’m a second year student in the Health Policy and Management program, on the management track. I’m originally from Jamaica and moved to Atlanta in 2001. I graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Global Health. At Duke, I did some neuroscience research and travelled to Sri Lanka to work on a Global Health project. After graduating, I worked in cancer clinical research in Atlanta and currently work full time while attending Rollins. I love traveling, playing pool, and running track/working out. I’m excited to be a Rollins ambassador and am here for any questions you may have.
Hello! My name is Amanda and I grew up outside of Boston, MA. I moved down South for college, where I went to Tulane University in New Orleans and majored in Public Health and Spanish. I came to Rollins right after undergrad, and I’m in the HPM department. I currently work part‐time as a graduate assistant at The Task Force for Global Health, where I work on a vaccine donation program to developing countries. Also, I am a student coordinator for Rollins Student Government. I chose Rollins because the learning environment is welcoming and positive, and I knew it would best prepare me for my career in Public Health. Outside of school, my hobbies include cooking, exercising, and trying new restaurants in Atlanta. I remember having a lot of questions about Rollins when I was a prospective student, and I’m so glad that I can be of help to people that are in that position. I look forward to meeting all of you!
Hi! My name is Jennifer FitzGibbon. I am a second year MPH student in the department of Health Policy and Management on the Policy track. My public health interest lies in aging populations. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2015 with my bachelors of science in Health Sciences. Rollins is the perfect fit for me! Our school is one of the leading public health institutions and offers numerous opportunities to all students. In addition, Atlanta an awesome city, and great for graduate students. There are so many different areas to explore and there is always an interesting festival, concert, or event to go to! When I am not in class I am working on research at the Emory Center for Health in Aging, nannying, or practicing yoga. My first semester at Emory has been fantastic. I am so thankful to be a part of the Emory community!
Hello! My name is Melina and I am currently a second year student in Health Policy and Management in the policy track. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) with a degree in Economics and focus in prehealth. I was originally interested in medicine but decided on public health because I am very interested in health policy, economics, and community health. Since graduation from the University of Michigan, I have worked at a healthcare analytics company and finally decided to go back to school to get my MPH. It has been a great decision and I absolutely love Emory! There are so many opportunities to grow and learn here. When I’m not studying, I love to travel, bake desserts, and explore the various restaurants around Atlanta (one of my favorite things to do!). I’ve lived in Michigan my whole life so the weather is pretty great too. I’m excited to meet you and share my experiences at Rollins!
Hello! My name is Maddie Little and I am a second year HPM student on the Healthcare Management track. I am from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and spent my undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh. There I studied Anthropology, History, and Global Health. I originally came here on the Behavioral Science and Health Education track but then realized what I really wanted to do and thought that HPM was a better fit. So I actually know a lot about both departments! I am also involved with the Rollins mHealth Collaboration and have done work for the Urban Health Initiative here in Atlanta. I knew when I came to visit Rollins that it was the place that I wanted to be, and it has been everything I expected and more. I became an ambassador to help other students see how amazing both Rollins and the city of Atlanta can be!
Hey! My name is Bhavna Madduri and I am a first year student in Health Policy and
Management, specifically on the management track. I am from Carmel, IN and did my undergrad at Purdue University, majoring in Public Health Promotion. As an undergrad, I held the position of secretary for the Public Health Student Association (PHSA) and was also an undergraduate admissions ambassador. Public health became a passion of mine real quick and I like many others, I hope to work for the CDC one day. This is one of the MANY reasons I chose Rollins. I must say, choosing Rollins for grad school has been one of the best academic decisions of my life! Other than all that, I have been formally trained in Indian classical music and therefore I am a huge music buff! I am excited to meet you all very soon and hope to answer any and all questions you may have!
Hey everyone! My name is Divyanshu and I’m a second year student in the Health Policy and Management Department at Rollins. I’m originally from India, and I moved to the US last August. I have an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy. Emory has been amazing for me so far, it definitely feels like I belong here and I’ve made the right choice. The best part about Rollins is that the Professors are very helpful, accessible and experienced. Other than the great internship opportunities available in Atlanta, there are also great ways to get involved in extra curricular activities and volunteer opportunities. I am currently involved as the Vice President of Education for Institute of Healthcare Improvement and am also a part of Rollins International Student Advisory Board. Since I enjoy dancing, I was a part of Emory Salsa Club last semester and hope to continue incorporating dance into my schedule this semester. I look forward to sharing my experiences with future students!
Hi there! My name is Lindsay and I am a second year MPH student in the Health Policy and Management Department. I was born and raised in New Jersey and stayed there for my undergraduate degree. I graduate from Rutgers University in May 2015 with a double major in Public Health and Environmental Policy. I knew Emory was the right place for me after just one visit. The endless opportunities and welcoming atmosphere made it easy for me to decide to head south. My experience at Rollins so far has been nothing but amazing and I have fallen in love with Atlanta. I am currently the President of the student organization PHACE (Promoting Health and Community Engagement) and plan to become more involved at Rollins as my time goes on. I have wide variety of interests including womens’ and childrens’ health, aging, and urban and rural health issues. In my free time I enjoy exploring Atlanta, trying new restaurants, being outdoors, and baking. I look forward to sharing my experiences and excitement for Rollins with everyone!
Hello! My name is Subha, I am a second year MSPH student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. After graduating from Ohio State with degrees in Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, I decided to change my career focus to health policy and management. I chose Rollins because of its compassionate faculty, extensive alumni network and its very proactive career services department. Our student body is passionate and diverse and there is never a shortage of activities to get involved in. Due to my interest in immigrant populations and health disparities, I sought out organizations with these focuses. Currently, I am secretary of the Emory Global Health Organization and Special Events Chair for Emory’s AcademyHealth. If you are in between deciding which grad school to attend, I am so glad Emory is on your list and welcome any questions you may have about Rollins!
Hi everyone! My name is Tori Surber and I am a second year student in the Health Policy and Management Department here at Rollins. I grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia, which is just north of Atlanta. I graduated from Mercer University in May of 2015 with a degree in Global Health and a minor in French. Some of the reasons I decided to come to Emory were the world class faculty, the endless list of resources, and potential professional and social experiences. Thus far, it has not disappointed; I am impressed every day with what Emory and Rollins has to offer. When I am not at school I am working at JLH Consulting or enjoying all of the fun things that Atlanta has to offer, particularly the festivals, parks, and restaurants. Rollins has been nothing short of an amazing experience so far and I can not wait to answer all of your questions and show you just how great Rollins and Atlanta are!
Greetings All! My name is Lauren Taylor and I am a second year student in the Department of Health Policy and Management on the Policy Track. A native of the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Florida, I graduated from the University of Florida *insert GATOR chomp* with Bachelors of Science in PreProfessional Biology and Nutritional Sciences. During my gap year before attending Rollins, I was privileged to serve in the North Florida Health Corps, AmeriCorps program and gave over 1700 hours of service to a domestic violence shelter in my hometown. My time within AmeriCorps strengthened my passions to increase access to care in underserved communities, thus increasing health equity across all populations independent of all sociocontextual barriers. Since my time at Rollins, I have further explored my aforementioned passions and delved into new interests within Women’s Health Policy and Mental Health via two certificate programs and a REAL (Rollins Earn and Learn) position at the CDC. I look forward to these next semesters as I continue to mature into the strong, wellversed leader that I desire to be – a leader that Rollins equips and pushes me to be every single day. With that stated, I am overjoyed to be a Rollins Student Ambassador and I am ready to serve!
Hi everyone! My name is Yuechen “Poppy” Yang. I am currently a first year Healthy Policy and Management student on the management track. I’m originally from Beijing, China, and I graduated from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a degree in Biochemistry Biology and a minor in Business in June 2016. At UCSD, I worked in a research lab studying one of the Polyglutamine (PolyQ) disease—SCA7. I found my passion was linked between Biology and Business after I decided to pursue my Business minor. I knew Rollins was the right place for me after I came to the Rollins Visit Day. Here at Rollins, you’ll have access to successful public health professionals, a high-quality education, and diverse student groups. I am currently working at a Nonprofit Organization in downtown Atlanta where I help to develop thoroughly documented grant proposals. Also, I’m the Co-President of the student organization GPHA (Georgia Public Health Association, Emory Chapter), and I hope to become more involved at Rollins in the future. Besides school, I love to explore different coffee shops/restaurants in Atlanta and I’m a Yelp Elite (after writing lots of Yelp reviews). Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to know some cool places to study or fun places to eat! I am excited to share my enthusiasm for Rollins and all it has to offer to all of you!
Hi! My name is Meredith Yinger and I am a first year Health Policy and Management student at Rollins. I am originally from Maryland, right outside of Washington, D.C., and I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. In my year between undergrad and Rollins, I worked as an EMT and a Patient Care Tech at a women’s hospital in Pittsburgh. I am a northeasterner at heart, but I love living in Atlanta and being able to explore the south. Currently, I am working at the Emory Autism Center on 2 different projects. One of my favorite things about Rollins is all of the career development opportunities that we have as students, along with the incredible education we get inside the classroom. I am excited to meet you and show you all of the great things about this school!