Transform our Offerings
We will broaden who we teach, diversify how we teach, and enrich what we teach in response to evolving public health priorities and emerging challenges.
Rollins is one of the world’s top-ranked schools for public health graduate education. If we want to maintain that reputation in a shifting landscape, we’ll need to continue our excellent MPH program and student experience while finding new ways to reach the next generation.
To that end, we’ll modernize and reshape our offerings, introducing new courses and new teaching formats. We’ll reach new audiences, catering to the diverse needs of a broad range of students and professionals. We will develop more flexible learning options that include accelerated and short-term formats, hybrid, and online courses.
Our programs will evolve to include new content areas and interdisciplinary training. That will mean re-envisioning our core curriculum to better integrate professional public health skills. We will explore other master’s degree programs that align with faculty expertise to address emerging public health issues and untapped markets.
We will enhance our pedagogical approach to ensure our curriculum promotes cultural humility, social justice, and anti-racism, preparing students to engage in multisectoral public health practice.
All of these tactics will ensure that we continue to bring the best and the brightest to Rollins. And, this work will ensure that our student population and program goals reflect the diversity of our world today and the diversity required to be a public health leader in our local and global communities. Such diversity is critical to continued excellence and impact in public health.
In the past, Rollins hasn’t been a destination for a lot of students with full-time jobs and family obligations because of the way our classes have traditionally been offered. We’re really excited to expand our online classes and offer new courses and certificate programs for people who are passionate about careers in public health, but aren’t able to put their lives on hold for two years.DELIA LANG, PHD, MPH
Professor, Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Objectives and Tactics
Increase access to our educational programs to meet the diverse and evolving needs of a wide range of students and professionals.
- Create more flexible degree-granting programs to reach a broader student population and more working professionals.
- Establish the Rollins Health Education Institute to offer continuing education opportunities for the public health workforce and professionals from other fields who are interested in learning about or transitioning to public health work.
- Enhance strategies to address student support and examine unmet needs (e.g., financial support, academic support, and guidance for international students).
- Expand recruitment and marketing efforts to key markets to attract more diverse types of students.
Innovate how we teach by leveraging new pedagogical tools and technology to support teaching excellence and inclusive training experiences.
- Expand online course offerings across all programs by offering financial support and training for instructors and TAs along with increased infrastructure for course development and delivery.
- Enhance faculty support for course design, development, and implementation and facilitate the scholarship of public health teaching through the Rollins Teaching and Learning Core.
- Offer faculty training and continuing professional development opportunities in inclusive pedagogies to ensure that we deliver our curricular experiences from a perspective of cultural humility, social justice, and anti-racism across all programs.
- Ensure doctoral students are considered in our student experience programs, in collaboration with the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies.
Enhance our educational content so students are prepared to engage in multisectoral public health research and practice, addressing current and emerging public health challenges and prioritizing social justice and health equity.
- Develop new master’s degree programs at Rollins, and establish joint programs in collaboration with other Emory schools as well as other institutions to address emerging public health issues.
- Explore the possibility of offering a DrPH program to prepare public health professionals for leadership roles.
- Provide training in cultural humility, social justice, and anti-racism to all students to equip them with the skills necessary to advance health equity.
- Integrate additional professional public health skills into our core curriculum, including public health communication, data visualization, and interpersonal engagement techniques.
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