Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) is a signature program funded by Rollins that offers full-time MPH/MSPH students valuable opportunities to earn while they learn through applied public health experiences in real-world settings. Beyond the direct work experience, it is an opportunity for students to be mentored by public health professionals.

Students have the opportunity to earn up to $2,500 per semester at federal, state, and other government agencies, as well as Emory-affiliated programs, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations throughout Atlanta.

More than 50% of Rollins’ full-time MSPH/MPH students receive the award for the academic year. The experiences provided through REAL often fulfill Applied Practice Experience (APE) requirements, lead to thesis opportunities, and provide an enriching experience for both employers and students.


Visit the REAL anniversary website to learn about the programs impact over the past 10 years.


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REAL Program Staff: Contact us at

Lisa ParkerLisa V. Parker 
Rollins Earn and Learn Program Manager
Vicky Liu
Vicky Liu
Rollins Earn and Learn Program Student Assistant
Megan Bleakley
Megan Bleakley
Rollins Earn and Learn Graduate Student Program Assistant