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Preparedness and Outbreak Response Efforts at Emory

The Emory Rollins School of Public Health is home to a number of initiatives, programs, and clubs dedicated toward supporting and building emergency and response research and training. The Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Emory (CHE) — a collaboration between Emory and the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — brings together faculty, students, alumni, and international fellows to build global response capacity. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni involved with the center conduct research in a variety of areas including Zika prevention, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, nutrition in emergencies, conflict as a social determinant of health, and more.

Rollins master’s students interested in specializing in emergency preparedness and response can apply for the Certificate in Humanitarian Emergencies, which is operated through CHE. Admitted certificate students receive training through coursework and gain practical experiences by participating in events, volunteering with local and national organizations, and completing either emergency response-related research or a practicum in the field. The center also offers a participatory course for Emory undergraduate students and supports a fellowship program for mid-career professionals from low- and middle-income countries impacted by conflict.

Rollins students can further explore their interests and gain practical experience by joining a student club, like the Student Outbreak and Response Team (SORT). SORT provides students with the opportunity to engage with public health departments and organizations and to apply public health theory in practical settings. Likewise, student members of the Humanitarian Emergencies Research Team — operated through CHE in partnership with CDC’s ERRB — work on projects initiated either by the CDC or by Rollins students that are tailored toward humanitarian emergencies. Recent projects include a systemic review on Ebola survivors for CDC’s International Task Force Ebola Survivor Services, preparing country-specific health information fact sheets for complex humanitarian emergency responders for CDC’s ERRB, and analyzing and reviewing open-source CHE databases used by humanitarian emergency responders for CDC’s ERRB.

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