Peace Corps Master's International Program
The UAB School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health degree in cooperation with the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. MI students graduate with a unique combination of an advanced degree and two years of substantive professional experience in an international setting.
The benefits of the MI program at UAB include in-state tuition rates for all MI students and a one time $1,500 scholarship. MI students can also compete for the School of Public Health funds when they apply for UAB financial aid. Additionally, the Peace Corps service fulfills the MPH internship requirement and MI students may earn three credit hours while in the Peace Corps.
Becoming a Master's International (MI) student requires a combination of focus, flexibility, and dedication. As an MI Student, you will spend one to two academic years on campus completing your coursework. Upon receiving your overseas assignment and traveling to your host country, you will serve for twenty-seven months, three of which will be the language, cross-cultural, and technical training period.
During Peace Corps service, Volunteers participating in the MI program work toward a thesis, professional paper, or other culminating project with the approval of UAB and Peace Corps overseas staff. Rather than determining a research topic in advance, MI students allow their Volunteer assignment to shape their overseas academic requirement.
As a Master's International Student, you have an unparalleled opportunity to live and work overseas while completing the MPH. You will earn more than your degree, returning with feelings of independence, confidence, and accomplishment.
But that is not the only benefit of Peace Corps service. Volunteers also have the chance to learn a new language, live in another culture, and develop career and leadership skills. The Peace Corps experience can enhance long-term career prospects whether you want to work for a corporation, a nonprofit organization, or a government agency.
The safety and security of Peace Corps Volunteers is a top priority. The Peace Corps devotes significant resources to providing Volunteers with the training, support, and information they need to stay healthy and safe.
This information addresses the common questions and interests shared by many family members and friends of prospective or current Peace Corps Volunteers.
Interested individuals must apply separately for admission to the UAB School of Public Health and the Peace Corps. Applicants to the UAB School of Public Health MI Program should apply first to the department of their choice and indicate an interest in the Peace Corps Master's International program on their application.
To be eligible for the Peace Corps, you must be a United States citizen, be in good general health, and be at least 18 years of age.
Contact for more Information
H. Pennington Whiteside, Jr., MA, MSPH
Director, Sponsored International Programs
Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Executive Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health School of Public Health