The King Abdullah Fellowship Program (KAFP) is a joint effort of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. The Program was established to further strengthen the healthcare system of the Kingdom by boosting the public health capacity there.

After an extensive application and interview process, qualified candidates are awarded two-year scholarships to earn their Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees at the Rollins School of Public Health. During this time, they engage in research projects on subjects in alignment with health care priorities in KSA.



Fellows engage in research relevant to the public health landscape in KSA. All students are required to complete at least 200 hours of field work for graduation (called a practicum), and Global Health students are required to write a thesis and present a thesis poster. Below are some of the topics the Fellows have chosen to pursue:

  • The Distribution of Meningococcal Disease Before and After the Polysaccharide Vaccine, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1994 – 2014, Alanoud Alsaiari
  • Distribution and Determinants of MERS-CoV, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2012 – 2014, Hassan Aldosari
  • Distribution and Determinants of Malaria, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2002 – 2011, Mai Jamdar
  • Distribution and Determinants of Tuberculosis, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2005 – 2012, Fahad Almutairi
  • Distribution and Determinants of Colorectal Cancer, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2004 – 2010, Marei Alrouaili
  • Distribution and Determinants of Dengue Fever, Cities of Jeddah and Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2007 – 2013, Sultan Alshamrani
  • Trends of Reported Cases of Hepatitis B Virus Infection, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2009 – 2013, Hamoud Al Garni
  • Evaluation of Home Respiratory Therapy Delivered to Patients in the Ministry of Health’s Home Medical Program (HMP) and Administered through the Madinah HMP Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2013, Rana Alhelali
  • Trends in the Reported Cases of Hepatitis C Virus Infection, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2008 – 2012, Abdullah AlShahrani
  • Trends of Reported Human Cases of Brucellosis, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2004 – 2012, Abdulaziz Aloufi
  • Sleepless in Makkah City, Saudi Arabia: Prevalence and Risk Factors of Insomnia and the Variations in Sleep Quality among Visitors of Primary Health Care Centers, Hisham Bashawri
  • Evaluation of Tuberculosis Public Health Surveillance, Al-Madinah Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2012, Mohammed AlKhalawi
  • A Descriptive study of Cardiovascular Risk Profiles of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes from Hospitals in Urban Saudi Arabia over a Five Year Period (2008-2012), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Fatima Al Slail
  • Measles Trends in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2002-2012, Fawaz Alrasheedi
  • Analyses of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks During Hajj, Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2009 – 2011, Saud Alzahrani
  • Dengue Fever in Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2008 – 2012, Osama Alwafi


During the summer, we offer a 5-week Research Skills Development Course (RSDC) that uses learning-while-doing training to develop the skills and competency to conceptualize, design, write, and communicate a thoughtful, persuasive, and fundable research proposal addressing a public health concern. Students systematically develop their research proposals with faculty and English language support, incorporate feedback from peer review, complete their proposals in a template ready to submit to the funder, and present them orally in class. Fourth- and fifth-year medical students from Jazan University and King Saud University have been participating since the course began in 2012.