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Exploring Health

Exploring Health from the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University brings world-renowned scholars, scientists, and journalists together with student leaders to redefine the construct of health and well-being.

The Center For The Study Of Human Health

About the Center for the Study of Human Health

In a time when we enjoy the greatest knowledge of health in human history, individuals in our society are experiencing a declining trend in health and well-being. The Emory Center for the Study of Human Health was developed to help close that gap by expanding health knowledge and translating this knowledge to all aspects of life — for the individual and populations as a whole. The Center assembles the extraordinary faculty, researchers, and thought leaders from across disciplines, departments, schools, and institutions to bring this knowledge to Emory University students and inspire them to become leaders for the next generation in meeting challenges facing human health. The Emory Center for the Study of Human Health welcomes you to share what we know, to identify what we need to know, and to engage you wherever your career aspirations may take you.

— Michelle Lampl, Director

The Exploring Health Team

News Team

HLTH 385

The COVID Chronicles covers a variety of public health topics intertwined with the pandemic, as reported by the students in the HLTH 385: Health & Science Podcasting class during the Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 semesters. The series includes interviews with experts in epidemiology, mental health, maternal health, and more.



In HLTH 385W: Health Writing and Narratives, created by Maryn McKenna, students learn to write about health and science for a popular audience, researching new scientific findings and conducting interviews while emulating journalism’s speed, thoroughness, accuracy, fairness and evidentiary rigor.

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is a journalist and author who focuses on public health, global health and food policy She is a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Human Health, a senior writer at WIRED, and the author of Big Chicken, Superbug, and Beating Back the Devil. She edits the Exploring Health student news vertical.

Gabrielle Stearns

Gabrielle Stearns is a junior studying Human Health and Dance. She hopes to pursue a career in health communications while also keeping dance and the arts in her daily life.

Annika Urban

Annika Urban is a junior studying Human Health and Political Science and hopes to work in public health after graduation. She also runs for Emory’s Cross Country and Track teams.

Charles Raison

Charles Raison

Dr. Charles Raison is a psychiatrist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Emory University. He has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in the world for his work on the biology and treatment of depression.

Eleanor Barrett

Eleanor Barrett

Eleanor Barrett, age 10, lives in Madison, Wi. She loves unicorns, outdoor adventures, singing on stage and asking questions. A 5th grader, Eleanor knows that big ideas can come from little people, and she’s eager to apply her signature humor and wit, translating health and wellness research into kids-speak for the next generation.