New Student Checklist

All admitted students should review the following items to ensure a smooth transition to RSPH. E-mail communications sent to students (with the exception of EMPH students, who will receive separate communications from their ADAPs) regarding New Student Orientation and the New Student Checklist will also be posted here.


New Student Orientation is scheduled to take place from Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19. Please check back very soon for an update. All MPH/MSPH students are required to attend, with the exception of EMPH Students (See Below).

Disclaimer: Your health and safety are a priority to us. Please note that due to the ever-changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic, information about New Student Orientation is subject to change. 

If you have any questions, please contact the RSPH Student Engagement Team at



Before enrolling in the EMPH program, all students are required to participate in a 14 day online orientation course, PRS 500D: Strategies and Resources for Online Learning. This 0 credit course will take place in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester. During this online orientation you will learn about the EMPH program and the online learning environment Canvas. EMPH students do not attend the traditional MPH and MSPH orientation. Instead, the EMPH on-campus orientation is an all day event. This will be the only time you are required to attend an on-campus session on Thursday. In addition to learning more about EMPH, representatives from other offices at RSPH and Emory University will be in attendance. Learn more about EMPH orientation.


Login to OPUS (Now Available)


OPUS (Online Pathways for University Students) is the online student management system at Emory University. Admissions, Registration, Billing, Financial Aid and important reminders are managed within OPUS. The TO DO LIST will display outstanding items you need to complete. You will see requests for information such as outstanding admissions documents, financial aid documents and student health insurance waivers.

Note: This system is not coordinated with SOPHAS. Any personal contact information updated in SOPHAS, must also be updated in Emory’s OPUS system.

All students are responsible for ensuring they have the most up to date contact information in OPUS, We encourage all students to login to OPUS to review current information and make any necessary updates.


Address changes are also handled through OPUS. Multiple types of addresses are listed such as Preferred, Permanent, etc. The local address is the default address for mailings from the University and RSPH. If there is no local address listed, the default address will become the permanent address. Applicants who are current employees or students of Emory University may have identified a preferred address. If so, the preferred address will supersede all others.


OPUS Guest access is a feature that will allow you to sponsor up to five individuals and grant them access to your student information. You choose the people. You control the ids and passwords. You determine the level of access. For example you can grant your guests access to view any “To Do” items, admissions decisions, financial aid awards, and even to pay your bill. Students sponsored by another agency, for instance, may wish to designate a representative to check grades and course progress or to pay bills.

Confirm Enrollment (Now Available)

First Things First...

To officially hold a space in the program, students must confirm their intent to enroll by completing the following steps:

Step 1: Log in to your OPUS account and select the application for the program to which you were admitted.  Accept and confirm your decision for Rollins. 

The enrollment decision item will be removed from your OPUS To Do list within one week of submission.

Step 2 (for deposits or deferrals): Submit the $300 enrollment deposit through OPUS using a U.S. checking or savings account. Credit cards are accepted with a 3% convenience fee. You may also mail a check or money order in U.S. dollars made payable to Emory University. Note: Electronic payment options are strongly encouraged as Emory Mail Services is currently observing a modified schedule. Posting of deposits sent through the mail may be delayed at least one week.

Within 48 hours, you will receive a deposit confirmation email to provide additional information related to your enrollment.

The enrollment deposit does not cover the reservation of housing


Please note: The deadline for deferral from the 2022-2023 Term is August 15, 2022.

Apply for Financial Aid (Now Available)

Students interested in Financial Aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 31, 2021 for priority consideration and have the FAFSA information sent to Emory University (School Code: 001564).

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid and do not submit the FAFSA. Admitted international students will be invited to apply for the Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) program.

>>Read More About Financial Aid<<

Access Your Emory E-mail & Rollins Technology (Now Available)


All incoming students should be able to access their Emory email and Canvas accounts as soon as you confirm enrollment to Rollins. 48 hours after you confirm enrollment, please enroll in DUO Security Two-Factor Authentication


You will be able to access your Emory E-mail via the Web Outlook App after you enroll in DUO. 


The Office of Information Technology is pleased to support all of the computing resources that are available to the faculty, students and staff of the Rollins School of Public Health. Their services include:

  • Operating the student computing labs
  • Maintaining secure research servers
  • Providing email services
  • All other aspects of technical support and connectivity to RSPH networks and accounts (Apporto, Canvas, etc.)
>>Read More About RSPH Network Technology & Email<<

Find Housing (Now Available)

While Emory does not provide on-campus housing for graduate students, RSPH students have a variety of viable housing options in the immediate area to meet their housing needs.


The first option one might consider is Campus Crossings at Briarcliff. Emory University has contracted with Campus Apartments Inc. to provide an accessible off campus site for graduate students. This complex includes various fully furnished floor plans and free shuttle service to and from campus.

>>Campus Crossings at Briarcliff<<


Emory Off-Campus Housing Finder is the official website of the University for posting of local off-campus housing information. The database consists of listings from a variety of sources, from local homeowners to apartment complexes. Please note that you will need your Emory email address in order to access this site.

>>Emory Housing Finder<<


You may also search for roommates and housing options by connecting with your new classmates!

>>Class of 2024 RSPH Facebook group<<

>>RSPH Roommates Facebook<<


The following map was developed by Helen Lim, MPH '11 as a component of her capstone project. It is designed to highlight transportation options and amenities in and around the neighborhoods close to Rollins.

>>Accessibility Map<<


Below are some more apartment finding services that you may find helpful.*


Apartment Guide

AJC Homefinder

Apartment Ratings

In My Area: Find providers and compare prices for Internet, Cable TV and other home services available in your specific area. This service is at no cost to students and includes free relocation consultations.

*This information is intended to aid the student in his or her own search for housing. Emory University is not affiliated with these apartment complexes or apartment search services and cannot guarantee the quality or availability of these facilities and services.

Submit Outstanding Items (Due June 15, 2022)

Please submit final transcripts or other outstanding item that were not submitted at the time of application by June 15, 2022.  You may refer to your OPUS To Do list for any outstanding items.

Submitting your Final Transcript

All admitted students who plan to enroll at RSPH are required to submit an official final transcript indicating the completion of the degree prior to enrolling in the fall.

Please note that electronic transcripts provided through secure services such as Parchment or Scripsafe are preferred.  Send transcripts to

If electronic transcripts are not available, your institution may mail official transcripts directly to the school at the following address:

Office of Admission

Rollins School of Public Health

Emory University 1518 Clifton Rd, NE GCR 164

Mailstop 1518-002-1AA

Atlanta, GA 30322

Fall 2022 Pre-Registration (June 13 - 24, 2022)

Pre-registration information will be available on the New Student Orientation Canvas Site, which students will have access to in June 2022. Once updated information is provided, navigate to the “Academic Advising” Tile to review your program’s pre-registration instructions. 

Pre-registration is June 13-24, 2022.

Executive MPH students will receive communication directly from the department about course registration.

Register for Accommodate (Accessibility Needs - Due July 1, 2022)

If you do not have a disability and/or require assistance or accommodation, you do not need to register for Accommodate.

It is the policy of Emory University to ensure that all University goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations are meaningfully accessible to qualified persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other pertinent federal, state, and local disability anti-discrimination laws.

If you are an individual who may require assistance, please refer instructions on how to register for Accommodate, where you are able to access services by the Office of Accessibility Services. 

Emory Parking Registration (Opens July 12, 2022 at 10:00AM EST)

If you are interested in purchasing an Emory Parking Pass, you may complete the the Online Parking Registration Form on the Parking Services Website. Registration will take place on July 12, 2022 at 10:00AM EDT, and passes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Please note that the Michael Street Parking Deck is the preferred parking deck for RSPH students.

EmoryCard Photo Submission (Due July 26, 2022)

All RSPH students are required to upload a photo using EmoryCard Services’ Online Photo Submission Tool. Please follow the instructions carefully. If your photo is not approved, you will be notified by the EmoryCard Office and must submit a photo again. 

Student Health Services - Immunization and Insurance Requirements (Due Dates Below)

Immunization Requirements - Due August 1, 2022

Once you have activated your OPUS account, you can log into Emory's Patient Portal. to complete your online immunization form and insurance waiver. There are additional steps to take after that, including uploading a provider-signed copy of Emory’s official immunization form. Additional forms and requirements are listed here

All incoming students will receive e-mail notifications from Student Health Services beginning in June. We encourage all incoming students to visit the Emory University Student Health website for additional details. Please click here to review Emory's immunization requirements carefully. 

All students accessing campus will need to be 100% compliant with required immunizations as part of onboarding for the Fall 2022 semester. Students will submit their immunization information into the Student Patient Portal, which will be accessible to all incoming students on May 25, 2022. You must comply or at least begin the compliance process by August 1, 2022. If you do not comply, you will not be permitted to register for classes in the spring semester. 

If you are having difficulty meeting this requirement or have questions about immunizations, please reach out to the immunization team: 

  • You can send a message through your Student Health Portal (Message --> Compose --> Select Immunization Compliance Team) or by contacting

  • Student Health Services will also be available to administer all required vaccinations (including COVID-19) during in-person orientation sessions, and you can schedule your vaccination appointment through your student health portal. 

If you are unsure about how to locate your medical records, please refer to these tips on how to locate them. 

  • Executive MPH distance students are excluded from the insurance requirement, but must still follow all requirements for immunizations.

  • Students are still eligible to participate in Fall Course Registration even if they have not completed immunization requirements yet. 


Insurance Requirements - Due September 1, 2022

Students are required to have health insurance. The official provider for Emory University Student Health Insurance is Aetna Student Health. If you have a comparable insurance policy and do not wish to join the Emory University Student Health plan, a waiver must be submitted to your Patient Portal between May 26, 2022 and September 1, 2022. All students will be automatically enrolled in this plan unless a waiver is completed by the student. If you have any questions, please contact the insurance team at or call 404-727-8959.

Complete Pre-Orientation Modules on Canvas (More information soon)

As part of the New Student Orientation Experience, all incoming MPH/MSPH students are required to complete Pre-Orientation Modules on Canvas. Students will receive additional information about Pre-Orientation Modules in June 2022.

To become familiarized with Canvas, check out the Canvas Quick Start Guide. Emory NetID and Password may be required to view.

Executive MPH students do not have to complete Pre-Orientation Modules and will receive communications from their department.

I-20 Application and Transfer Clearance (International Students)

Emory University and the Rollins School of Public Health offer a vast variety of resources to help support international students as they transition to our community and while they are enrolled. Emory’s International Students and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) offers a variety of programs designed to offer community and support to international students—programs aimed at academic success, and resources to help guide your student visa application. Once students accept their offer of admission to Rollins, they are assigned an ISSS advisor to help guide them through the VISA process. All student VISA requests are processed through the ISSS office. In order to complete the I-20 VISA process, international students are required to confirm their enrollment and submit a financial certificate form documenting sufficient funds for one year of studying and living in the United States. Additional information and questions can be directed to the International Students and Scholar Services Office.