Make Discoveries That Make a Difference


We will advance public health science that improves health and health equity through rigorous, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research.

At a time when the challenges to public health are vast, focusing on high-impact science is essential. Doing this type of work requires the right resources, including top researchers, advanced technology, and leading facilities. That’s why we’re dedicated to making a significant investment in our infrastructure— empowering our faculty, staff, and trainees to prioritize making discoveries that will truly make a difference in communities locally and globally.

And to make real headway in public health, we must address health equity issues. Our goal as a school of public health is to become a global hub for health equity research, identifying novel areas of impactful investigation and greatly expanding our footprint in this area.

The Rollins School of Public Health is known for developing solutions to deep-rooted public health problems given our history with and proximity to public health practitioners at the CDC, Carter Center, Georgia Department of Public Health, and many others. We will continue that legacy with a new era of research focused on innovative scientific approaches. We’ll partner with local communities, public health agencies, other universities, and for-profit institutions to build mutually beneficial collaborations and align our work with useful and scalable applications that are meaningful to our partners. Our faculty, staff, and students will apply the latest translational research techniques to critical areas of public health to make a difference on the ground.

By reinforcing our research foundation, strengthening our commitment to health equity, and leveraging the latest tools, we can move farther and faster toward solving pressing public health problems.

Through prioritizing interdisciplinary collaboration and authentic community partnership, we have the opportunity to develop and study innovative solutions and generate collective impact that advances health equity. BRIANA WOODS-JAEGER, PHD
Associate Professor, Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences

Objectives and Tactics

Encourage scientific innovation and growth of research that enhances our current strengths and addresses critical and emerging areas of need.

  • Hire, support, and retain high-performing faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and staff in strategic areas.
  • Align our strengths and opportunities with Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Emory University.
  • Create school-wide working groups in key growth areas and support their efforts to develop short-, medium-, and long-term research agendas.
  • Launch pilot funding programs to ignite research projects in areas that build on our strengths and expand into emerging areas of need.

Become the global leader in impactful public health equity research.

  • Attract and support top talent from across the world who are dedicated to advancing health equity through their research.
  • Provide pilot funding for current projects to expand to include considerations of health equity—forging partnerships between health equity researchers and faculty who have not previously focused on health equity.
  • Develop and sustain community-based research with a focus on health equity.
  • Facilitate deep connections between health equity research and our education and practice activities to ensure they inform each other to promote aligned excellence in health equity.
  • Convene local, national, and global leaders to discuss and develop health equity strategies and solutions.

Invest in infrastructure that cultivates research success.

  • Create data and data science infrastructure to advance research and enrich existing infrastructure, including bolstering our computing infrastructure, our collaborations with Emory Healthcare, and our access to other nationally and internationally available data resources.
  • Sustain school-level support for grant submissions in collaboration with department programs, including Rollins-specific grant writing workshops, tools for department and center-led specific aims or mock review sessions, mentoring standards that include grant-writing support, and access to grant editors and designers.
  • Foster collaboration and respect between research staff and investigators to promote efficiency and excellence through deep connection to our mission.

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