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 application deadline for Fall 2022 courses is Sunday, August 14, 2022. The traditional Fall term begins Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

APPLY (STEP 1): If you have never applied to Rollins School of Public Health as a non-degree student OR have not done so in the past five years, you must complete and submit an application.  Emory University employees and graduates interested in registering for special standing courses are also required to submit an application for admittance.

REQUEST ENROLLMENT (STEP 2): If you have been admitted to Rollins School of Public Health as a non-degree student within the last five years, follow Step 2.

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 onlyEnrollment in classes within another Emory University school will require admittance to that school. 

Questions regarding applying for special standing should be addressed to the Office of Admissions & Student Services at sphadmissions@emory.edu.

Questions about enrolling in classes after being admitted should be addressed to the Office of Enrollment Services at rsphenrollmentservices@emory.edu.

step1  Apply

Admission Requirements 

Domestic Applicants

U.S. applicants need to submit: 

  • Special standing application 
  • Official bachelor's transcripts 

International Applicants

International applicants need: 

  • Special standing application 
  • Official bachelor's transcripts 
  • TOEFL scores. Scores should be sent to institution code 5187.


Rollins must receive official transcripts from the registrar of the institution at which you received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. It is preferred that applicants submit official electronic transcripts from their undergraduate institution to sphadmissions@emory.eduAlternately, transcripts may be mailed and 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 seventh floor of the Grace Crum Rollins Building. Materials may also be mailed to:

Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
Office of Admission and Student Services
1518 Clifton Rd NE
Mailstop 1518-002-1AA
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

For additional questions or concerns regarding the admissions process please contact the Admissions Office by e-mail at sphadmissions@emory.edu 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 22.


The deadline to apply for fall admissions is August 14. The deadline to apply for EMPH admission is April 1.

step2 Register for Classes

Registration Requirements

Students who were recently admitted and/or admitted in the past five years should email the Office of Enrollment services at rsphenrollmentservices@emory.edu for the Special Standing Registration form. If you have not submitted an application for admittance to Rollins you may not register for special standing courses.

Enrollment forms will be processed in the order they are received. Registration is based on students meeting pre-requisites and space availability.  On the Registration Form, we ask students to share how they have met the pre-requisites of the course via previous coursework and/or professional experience. 

All students in special standing status enrolled in a course during Fall 2022 , even if enrolled in an online class, must abide by all information on the Emory Forward website and submit complete immunization records including both flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.  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. 

Registration Processing


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 courses will begin after incoming students pre-register.

The Fall 2022 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 1 and complete a self-paced orientation. For all other programs students may be enrolled through the add/drop/swap period for traditional term classes ending Wednesday, August 31. To view Spring 2023 Academic Dates, click here.

Students who are interested in applying for course enrollment should email  rsphenrollmentservices@emory.edu.


Courses Available by Department:

Hubert Department of Global Health (HDGH)

Course Number & Title: 
GH 500 Critical Issues in Global Health
GH 505 Social Entrepreneurship for Health
GH 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance
GH 517 Case Studies In Infectious Disease
GH 522 Qualitative Methods for Research in Global Health
GH 523 Quantitative Data Analysis
GH 525 Qualitative Data Analysis
GH 526 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Rights
GH 529 Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
GH 532 Risk Communication and Community Engagement in Humanitarian Emergencies
GH 533 Preparedness and Planning in Humanitarian Emergencies
GH 538 Food and Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
GH 539 Reproductive Health Program Management
GH 541 Technology of Fertility Control
GH 544 Field Trials and Intervention Studies
GH 548 Human Nutrition I
GH 551 Diet and Chronic Disease
GH 556 Foundational Ethical Challenges in Global Health
GH 560 Monitoring & Evaluation of Global Public Health Programs
GH 561 Applications of Public Health Economics in Low & Moderate Income Countries
GH 563 AIDS: Global Public Health Implications
GH 569 Population Dynamics, International Development, and Health
GH 571 Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases
GH 572 Community Transformation
GH 582 Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response
GH 586 Community Health Assessment


Executive MPH (EMPH)

 Course Number & Title: 
      AEPI 530D Applied Epidemiology I (Must be enrolled by 8/1)
BIOS 516D Applied Biostatistics I (Must be enrolled by 8/1)
HPM 500D Introduction to the US Health Care System (Must be enrolled by 8/1)
PRS 538D Community Needs Assessment (Must be enrolled by 8/1)


Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (BIOS)

 Course Number & Title: 
      BIOS 500 Statistical Methods I & Associated Lab
BIOS 506 Foundations of Biostatistical Methods
BIOS 510 Intro. to Probability Theory
BIOS 540 Introduction to Bioinformatics
BIOS 544 Introduction to R (Non-BIOS Student)
BIOS 555 High Throughput Data Analysis Using R & Bioconductor
BIOS 585 Python Programming
INFO 530 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
INFO 532 Advanced Geographical Information Systems
INFO 534 Applied Machine Learning


Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences (BSHES)

 Course Number & Title: 
      BSHES 520 Theory Driven Research and Practice
BSHES 560R BSHE Seminar
BSHES 579 History of Public Health
BSHES 591M Injury Prevention and Control


Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health (EH)

Course Number & Title: 
EH 500 Perspectives/Environmental Health
EH 520 Human Toxicology
EH 524 Risk Assessment
EH 528 The Environment, 'Omics and Health
EH 543 Sustainability
EH 582 Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response
EH 584 Built Environment and Public Health
EH 590R Environmental Health Seminar


Department of Epidemiology (EPI) 

 Course Number & Title: 
      EPI 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance
EPI 536 Applied Data Analysis
EPI 556 Applied Genomic Epidemiology
EPI 563 Concepts and Applications in Spatial Epidemiology
EPI 568 Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Research


Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM)

Course Number & Title: 
HPM 500 Intro To US Health Care System
HPM 502 Intro To Health Care Management
HPM 510 Financ & Manager Acct For Heal Car
HPM 521 Intro To Health Economics
HPM 525 Health Services Data Analytics in the Workplace
HPM 553 Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy
HPM 554 Quality Improvement Meth/Hlth Care

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 must be made to Emory University via the Student Accounts and Billing Office.  Details of how to pay a bill are found here.

All fees must be paid by the payment deadline.  

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.

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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.  ALL students, including those in Special Standing Status are required to have a laptop for use during class.