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. Online distance learning is also offered for special standing  Executive MPH  classes.

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.

  • Follow step 1 below, if you are a new applicant and would like to submit an application to register for special standing courses. Emory University employees 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 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 onlyEnrollment 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 sphadmissions@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. 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
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 15.


The deadline to apply for fall admissions is July 15. The deadline to apply for EMPH admissions is July 1

step2 Register for Classes

Registration Requirements

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 rsphenrollmentservices@emory.edu. 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.

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 TBD date.


Processing of registration forms for fall 2019 courses will begin TBD date.

Spring 2019 classes available for Special Standing Students are listed below. These classes may be registered for provided prerequisites are met and space is available.

The Spring 2019 Internal Schedule of Classes is posted on the Enrollment Services website at https://www.sph.emory.edu/rollins-life/enrollment-services/2019-spring-internal/index.html 

Behavioral Sciences and Health Education - BSHE

Special Standing Students may register for any 500 level class provided prerequisites are met and space is available.

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics - BIOS

BIOS 501 Class #3200 - Statistical Methods II

BIOS 501L Class #3213 - Lab for Bios 501

INFO 530 Class #3332 - Geographic Information Systems

INFO 530 Lab Class #5391 - Geographic Information Systems Lab 1

Environmental Health - EH

EH 500 - Perspectives in Environmental Health

EH 515 - Air Quality in the Urban Environment: A Survey of Research Methods and Recent Findings

EH 527 - Biomarkers and Environmental Public Health

EH 550 - Environmental and Occupational Health Practice

EH 570 - Environmental and Occupational Health Policy

EH 571 - Global Environmental Health Policy: Power, Science and Justice

EH 586 - Advanced Seminar in Climate Change and Health: Research and Policy

EH 587 - Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing of the Environment and its Applications to Public Health

EH 590R Class #3498 - Environmental Health Seminar 

EH 590R Class #3497- Environmental Health Seminar 

EH 590R Class #3496 - Environmental Health Seminar 

EH 590R Class #3495 - Environmental Health Seminar 

EH 590R Class #3494 - Environmental Health Seminar 

EHS 750 - The Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease

Epidemiology - EPI

Special Standing Students may register for any 500 level class provided prerequisites are met and space is available.

Executive MPH - EMPH (Distance Courses)

To learn more about EMPH special standing, including available courses, please contact Allyson Bianchi at allyson.bianchi@emory.edu or at 404-727-3358.

Global Health - GH

GH 508 Class #3349 - Health and Human Rights Seminar

GH 511 Class #3352 - International Infectious Disease

GH 530 Class #3363 - The GEMMA Seminar: The Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion

GH 546 Class #3370 - Maternal and Child Nutrition

GH 579 Class #3388 - Non-communicable Disease Prevention and Control

GH 580 Class #3389 - Environmental Microbiology: Control of Food and Waterborne Diseases

GH 584 Class #3391 - Evidence-Based Decision Making with Principal Focus on Immunization, Infectious and Chronic Diseases

GH 585 Class #3392 - Gender-Based Violence in Global Perspective

Health Policy and Management - HPM

HPM 500 - Intro to US Health Care System

HPM 522 - Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs

HPM 511 - Financial Management for Health Care Organizations

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 2018-2019 is $2100.00 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.  The payment deadline for fall 2018 is August 20, 2018.  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.

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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 Blackboard (the Internet learning site), as well as access to online library resources.