Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

Why you should consider this program

As a returned Peace Corps volunteer (RPCV), you bring a unique perspective and skillset to the study and application of public health. We view your experiences and service in the Peace Corp as the perfect complement to the Rollins School of Public Health’s mission of supporting excellence in service and training of leaders to promote health and prevent disease in global human populations.

Rollins grants $15,000 tuition scholarships ($7,500 per year) to enrolled, full-time MPH/MSPH RPCVs to encourage you to continue your development as a leader and promote continued community service.

In addition, Rollins offers opportunities through Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship program. This program advances the third goal of Peace Corps. Coverdell Fellows are selected as merit scholars for their demonstrated leadership and ongoing commitment to service and receive a competitive award package:

  • A 50% tuition scholarship
  • Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) award ($10,000)
  • Practicum award ($2,000)  

 Program participation requirements:

  • Enrollment in the Clarkston-Rollins Connection course during your first year at Rollins;
  • Completion of a minimum of five (5) hours of fellowship-related work a week during the two years in the program; and
  • Participation as a member of the Scholars in Action Program.  

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 65,130 $ 40,250 $ 24,880
Out of state $ 65,130 $ 40,250 $ 24,880
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Partial Tuition Scholarship: 50% (approx. $31,800) tuition scholarship distributed over two years

Rollins Earn And Learn (REAL) Award: $8,000 award ($2,000 per semester) over the course of your two years at Rollins to provide an opportunity for you to work with a member of the faculty or partner agency. 

Practicum Award: $2,000 paid after the first semester of enrollment with a pre-approved practicum. 

Visit Emory Travel Grant: $250 travel grant for a visit in the Spring to help offset the costs of travel

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 9,113

Application fee waived?



The Clarkston-Rollins Connection (ClaRC) is a one-year community engaged learning program, facilitated by the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows, that is open to all Rollins students interested in ethical community development from an asset-based perspective, community engaged learning, and working with refugee populations. 

The program makes its home in Clarkston, Georgia, recognized by TIME magazine as, "the most diverse square mile in the country." 

Clarkston was identified as an ideal relocation city in the late 1980s. Today, approximately 31.8 percent of the population is foreign born. As a community with multiple refugee populations and a diversity of long-time American-born residents, it is an optimal place for public health students to practice ethical and responsive community engagement. 

The ClaRC program consists of a weekly seminar course as well as weekly service in the community (a minimum of 10 hours a month). Participants in ClaRC provide volunteer service to organizations that support the various populations that live in Clarkston (including, but not limited to resettled refugee communities).

Jobs for program alumni

Alumni have secured positions within various sectors of public health, including: 

  • World Health Organization 
  • Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation 
  • IMA World Health 
  • FHI 360 
  • Ministry of Health 
  • John Snow, Inc. 
  • Task Force for Global Health

Other details

Program length

2 Years

Application requirements

As a part of the SOPHAS application, all applicants will submit the following materials when applying to Rollins:

  • Transcripts 
  • Test Scores: In general, all applicants should submit GRE test scores that were taken in the last five years. In some instances, you can substitute other standardized test scores (like the MCAT, GMAT, or LSAT) instead. 
  • Rollins requires two evaluations from its applicants and recommends you obtain them from: 

  1. an undergraduate/graduate advisor
  2. faculty in your major field of study
  3. a recent employer 

  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives: In 1,500 words or less, recap relevant experience, tell us who you are, reveal what you hope to achieve with your future public health degree, and explain why it's imperative that you attend Rollins. 
  • Your Experience: SOPHAS has a section that lets you fill in details about work, research, honors, awards, and volunteer experience relevant to public health.

Admissions process

Fellows are selected as merit scholars for their demonstrated leadership and ongoing commitment to service. All applicants that submit completed applications to SOPHAS by the priority deadline of January 5 will be considered for the merit scholarship. 

RPCV applicants interested in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship are required to submit a supplemental application.

Program begins

Mid August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Brittney Romanson, Assistant Director of Student Life

1518 Clifton Rd NE
Suite 164
Atlanta, Georgia 30322