Special Standing Courses
Non-degree special standing courses are an affordable and convenient opportunity for students to take select public health classes without the commitment of enrolling into a degree program.
Special standing students are admitted Rollins School of Public Health students, but they are not seeking a degree. These students may enroll in courses of interest, after they have been admitted to Rollins, if there is space available in the course and their academic backgrounds meet course prerequisites.
Those interested in applying for Special Standing Status are encouraged to follow the application process below as soon as possible. The priority application deadline for Fall 2021 courses is Monday, August 16, 2021. The traditional Fall term begins Wednesday, August 25th.
- Follow step 1 below, if you have never applied to RSPH for special standing and would like to submit an application to register for special standing courses. Emory University employees and graduates interested in registering for special standing courses are also required to submit an application for admittance.
- Follow step 2 below, if you are a returning student who has already been admitted to Special Standing Status at Rollins within the last five years and would like to register for special standing courses.
NOTE: If you submitted an application and were admitted as a special standing student to the Rollins School of Public Health within the past five years, you are NOT required to submit another admissions application to register for courses. Students can register for public health classes only. Enrollment in classes within another Emory University school will require admittance to that school.
Questions regarding applying and registering for special standing courses should be addressed to the Office of Admissions & Student Services at email@example.com.
Rollins must receive official transcripts from the registrar of the institution at which you received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Transcripts are not "official" unless received in the academic institution's sealed envelope. All documents must be in English or accompanied by an official notarized literal translation.
Special standing application materials must be submitted to the Admissions department at the Rollins School of Public Health located in the Office of Admissions and Student Services on the first floor of the Grace Crum Rollins Building. Materials may also be mailed to:
Rollins School of Public Health
Office of Admission and Student Services
1518 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
For additional questions or concerns regarding the admissions process please contact the Admissions Office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-727-3956.
Admission Application Deadlines
The deadline to apply for spring admissions is December 15. The deadline to apply for EMPH admission is December 1.
The deadline for summer admissions is April 30. The deadline to apply for EMPH admission is April 24.
The deadline to apply for fall admissions is August 14.
Register for Classes
In order to register for special standing classes, admitted students should submit their completed special standing registration form to the Office of Enrollment Services via email to email@example.com. If you have not submitted an application for admittance to Rollins you may not register for special standing courses. Students may NOT submit registration forms at the Office of Enrollment Services, online submissions are required.
Permission from the instructor or department's ADAP must be included on the form for classes that require permission. Enrollment forms will be processed in the order they are received. Registration is based on students meeting pre-requisites and space availability.
All students in special standing status who will be on Emory's campus in Fall 2020 for any reason, even if enrolled in an online class, must be tested for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus in addition to supplying immunization records. Detailed information will be sent to students after registration.
NOTE: The registration processing dates listed below are the start dates for processing special standing registration forms. Student's registration will be confirmed by email after processing has begun.
Processing of registration forms for spring semester courses will begin December 15.
Processing of registration forms for summer courses will begin April 15 date.
Processing of registration forms for fall 2020 courses will begin after July 24.
The Fall 2021 course schedule is available here. For information on how to navigate Atlas, click here. RSPH courses will be offered in person and online. Additional information, including details about online and/or asynchronous online components to in person classes, may be found on Atlas.
Students interested in Executive MPH program courses must be enrolled no later than August 10. All other students may be enrolled through the add/drop/swap period for traditional term classes ending September 1.
Students who are interested in taking any open course in which they have met the pre-requisites, should contact RSPH Enrollment Services for availability (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Examples of courses available to Special Standing Students:
- BIOS 500: Biostatistics Methods I
- BIOS 544: Introduction to R
- GH 502: Introduction to Quantitative Data Collection
- GH 517: Case Studies in Infectious Disease
- INFO 530: Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS)
- EPI 530: Epidemiologic Methods 1
- EH 590R.2: Omics in Public Health
- HPM 501: Public Health and Health Resource Allocation
- HPM 510: Financial and Managerial Accounting for Health Care
- HPM 521: Introduction to Health Economics
Everyone taking courses at Emory University must adhere to Emory's Honor Code and is responsible for adhering to its contents. A copy of the Emory Honor Code may be accessed here.
The cost per credit hour for academic year 2021-22 is $2,300 per credit hour plus additional fees.
After a student registers for the desired courses, payment for the course work will be made at the Bursar’s Office located in the Boisfeuillet Jones Building Suite 100.
All fees must be paid by the payment deadline. Fees must be paid by cash or check. Credit cards are not accepted.
No special standing public health fellowships/scholarships or other financial assistance program are available to students in special standing. Students must be enrolled in degree programs to be considered for financial aid at Emory University. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 404-727-6039.
Emory employees should contact Human Resources for questions regarding their courtesy scholarship eligibility. The courtesy scholarship application will become available once the employee has submitted an application for admission.
Books for all courses can be purchased at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore located in the Oxford Road Building.
If the special standing applicant is accepted the first time, but does not enroll for the initial semester of acceptance, and that applicant wishes to take classes during a subsequent semester, the applicant may write to the Rollins Admissions office to request that his or her file be reactivated for the semester he or she wishes to enroll.
Acceptance into special standing does not guarantee acceptance into the degree-seeking category. Special standing students who decide to apply as degree-seeking candidates must complete and are bound by the same application/admission process as other Rollins degree-seeking applicants. This includes the degree-seeking fall admission policy as outlined in the catalog and on the Admissions section of the website. Therefore, should you decide to apply as a degree-seeking student, you will need to apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service utilized by Rollins.
If a special standing student decides to apply to a Rollins degree program and is accepted as a degree-seeking candidate, up to nine (9) credits taken as a special-standing student may be transferred to the degree-seeking status. The transfer of individual course credits will transfer as long as the credits fulfill program degree requirements.
If a special standing student is considering eventually applying to be a degree seeking student, he/she should talk with the department ADAP to assure that the course selection is appropriate for the degree program and will transfer.
Special standing students will have school email addresses, access to Canvas (the learning management system), as well as access to online library resources.