Special Standing Students

Special standing students are classified as those students who want to take Rollins classes, but are not seeking a degree. These students are allowed to enroll in courses that interest them as long as there is space available in the course and their academic backgrounds meet course prerequisites.

Domestic Applicants

U.S. applicants need to submit: 

International Applicants

International applicants need: 


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.


How to Register

Effective Fall 2015, students will submit their completed special standing enrollment form to Robie Freeman Michaux (rfreem2@emory.edu) or Catherine Strate (cstrate@emory.edu).  Students will no longer come in the Enrollment Services Office for registration.  

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. Enrollment is based on students meeting pre-requisites and space availability.

The deadlines to submit enrollment forms are:

December 15, 2015 for the Spring 2016 term 

May 1, 2016 for the Summer 2016 term


Submitting your Application

To ensure a decision in time for registration, please complete the online special standing application and submit supporting materials by the deadline.

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

Spring 2016 Deadline

Dec 15
The deadline to apply for spring 2016 classes is December 15, 2015. The deadline to apply for EMPH classes is December 1, 2015. 

Summer 2016 Application Deadline

Apr 30
The deadline for summer classes is April 30. The deadline to apply for EMPH classes is April 15. 

Spring 2016 Classes Available for Special Standing Students will be available the beginning of December.

View the spring 2016 class schedule. 

The following core curriculum courses may be taken without prior departmental or instructor approval.
Course Number Course Name/Semester Offered Credit Hours
BSHE 500 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (Fall, Spring, Summer) 2
EH 500 Perspectives in Environmental Health (Fall, Spring) 2
EPI 504 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (Spring) 2
EPI 530/530L Epidemiologic Methods I & Lab(Fall) 4
HPM 500 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (Fall, Spring) 2

The following courses do not require permission: 

Behavioral Sciences & Health Education - BSHE

The department of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education allows Special Standing students to enroll in any 500 level classes in which students have met the pre-requisites and space is available.

Biostatistics & Bioinformatics - BIOS & INFO

BIOS 500 Statistical Methods I - #1551 - Group A (must register for Group A lab)

  • BIOS 500L  Statistical Methods I Lab - #1555, #1561, #1673 - Group A labs

BIOS 500 Statistical Methods I #1552 - Group B (must register for Group B lab)

  • BIOS 500L  Statistical Methods I Lab - #1563 - Group B Lab

BIOS 500 Statistical Methods I #1553 - Group C (must register for Group C lab)

  • BIOS 500L  Statistical Methods I Lab - #1554 - Group C lab

BIOS 500 Statistical Methods I - #1684 - Group D (must register for Group D labs)

  • BIOS 500L Statistical Methods I Lab - # 1560, #1562 - Group D labs

Environmental Health

The department of Environmental Health allows Special Standing students to enroll in any 500 level classes in which students have met the pre-requisites and space is available.


The department of Epidemiology allows Special Standing students to enroll in any 500 level classes in which students have met the pre-requisites and space is available.

Executive MPH (EMPH) - Distance Based Classes - Students must contact Leah Tompkins (ltompkins@emory.edu) to enroll in EMPH Classes.

  • All students must have 3 years of full time experience
  • All students must have completed online orientation BEFORE beginning the course
  • All courses are permission only

AEPI 530D  Applied Epidemiology I  - 2 credits

APHI 501D  Applied Public Health Informatics - 2 credits

APHI 520D  Introduction to PH Informatics - 2 credits

APHI 535D  Project Management and System Lifecycle - 2 credits

BIOS 516D  Applied Biostatistics I - 2 credits

HPM 500D - Intro to US Healthcare System - 2 credits

PRS 565D - Public Health Advocacy - 2 credits

Global Health

GH 504 - Effective Oral Communication - 2 credits

GH 516 -Global Perspectives in Parasitic Diseases - 3 credits

GH 517 - Case Studies in Infectious Disease Epidemiology - 2 credits

GH 526 - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Rights - 3 credits

GH 529 - Water & Sanitation in Developing Countries - 2 credits

GH 539 - Reproductive Health Program Management - 2 credits

GH 541 - Technology of Fertility Control - 2 credits

GH 550 - EPI of STD/HIV - 2 credits

GH 551 - Diet and Chronic Disease - 2 credits

GH 552 - Global Elimination of Micronutrient Malnutrition - 2 credits

GH 557 - Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives - 2 credits

GH 563 - HIV/AIDS 2014: The Past, Present and Future - 2 credits

GH 564 - Public Health Preparedness - 2 credits

GH 571 - Vaccines and Vaccine -Preventable Diseases - 2 credits

GH 582 - Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response - 2 credits

GH 591L - Assessment of Dietary Intake - 2 credits

GH 593 - Religion and Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health - 2 credits

GH 594 - Opportunities in Global Cancer Prevention and Control - 2 credits

Health Policy and Management

HPM 500 - Intro to US Health Care System - #1472 & #1548 - 2 credits

HPM 553 - Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy - #1679 - 3 credits

HPM 565 - Health Care for the Indigent - #1478 - 2 credits


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 2014-15 is $1800.00 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 in full on the day of registration. 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 a certificate 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.

Certificate students enrolling in subsequent semesters should pick up a registration form from the Rollins Enrollment Services Office located on the first floor of the Grace Crum Rollins Building and proceed with registration as the initial semester. If, however, a previousy enrolled certificate student does not maintain consecutive enrollment—i.e., does not register for fall or spring—he or she must complete an application for certificate readmission. Applicants may also pick up this form from the Rollins Enrollment Services Office. 

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.