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Peace Corps Master's International

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Program Coordinator: Carmen West, sphpcinfo@llu.edu

Master's International/Master of Public Health (MIP/MPH) students complete course work in global health at the School of Public Health Loma Linda campus. They then enter the Peace Corps in fulfillment of the master's field experience requirement.

The school confers a full tuition scholarship for the field experience in addition to benefits offered by the Peace Corps. Peace Corps volunteers complete three months of training in language, culture, and technical skills, followed by two years of service as public health workers in the assigned host country. Upon satisfactory completion of the two-year Peace Corps service, and the school's required master's paper, the student is awarded a master of public health degree in their respective major.

After completing the program, students may opt to return to international work while finding themselves fully qualified to secure employment in public health professions in the United States. Program graduates receive priority placement for U.S. government positions for one year after completion of Peace Corps service.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Students in the Coverdell Fellows program are returned Peace Corps volunteers who receive six units of tuition waiver in exchange for five to eight hours a week of local service in an area of designated need. In addition, the school grants full academic credit for the field practicum portion of the Master of Public Health degree, recognizing the value of the Peace Corps experience.

Coverdell Fellows at Loma Linda University have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of community outreach programs. Some have served with the LLU Community Action Partners (CAPS) in the Community Mothers Connection Program, Center for Health Disparities, and Office of Public Health Practice, United Way, and as teaching assistants for an integrated community development class.

Students in the Coverdell Fellows program may select from the following majors:

  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Nutrition

To be eligible for admission, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. All applicants must submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or equivalent graduate school entrance examination and demonstrate college-level conceptualization and writing skills.

If you are interested in opportunities with the Peace Corps through Loma Linda University School of Public Health, contact Carmen West at sphpcinfo@llu.edu.