Master's International Peace Corps Program

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Overview

The Peace Corps Master’s International (MI) program is a college-wide program open to all College of Public Health students (excluding international students). MI students begin studies on campus, and then serve abroad with the Peace Corps for 27 months before returning to campus to complete graduation requirements for a Master of Public Health (MPH) or a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree. As an incentive, the College provides tuition and fee waivers for up to nine (9) credit hours: the required Field Experience and the Special Project, or the successful defense of a Thesis. MI students gain two years of significant international work experience and knowledge while working in resource-poor settings, thereby enhancing their marketability for employment upon graduation.

Student Benefits

  • Language, cross-cultural, and technical training;
  • Transportation costs to and from the country of service;
  • Living and housing expenses during overseas service;
  • Medical and dental coverage;
  • Vacation time and allowance;
  • Deferment or possible cancellation of certain government education loans;
  • Re-adjustment allowance of more than $7,000 upon completion of 27 months of service;
  • Career counseling and job search facilities available to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; and
  • One year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal employment after completing two years of service.

Program Objectives

PCMI students will be prepared for the workforce by enhancing global health competency through the interdisciplinary approaches of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, community and family health, behavioral health, and health policy.

Students will be prepared to:

  1. Assess socio-cultural, political and economic determinants of health and health status at the global level;
  2. Assess the burden of disease on health, service utilization and finance as well as the importance of prevention;
  3. Analyze the prevailing international health systems in industrial and developing countries, comparing coverage, utilization, equity, policy, organization, delivery and financing of those systems, and define the rationale for health systems' reforms;
  4. Make relevant inferences about the role of cultural, social and economic factors that contribute to the incidence of infectious disease;
  5. Assess public health conditions and problems related to infectious disease control and surveillance in developing countries;
  6. Apply culturally appropriate technology and interventions using ethical considerations;
  7. Understand epidemiologic study design;
  8. Propose methodologies for evaluating public health programs and interventions;
  9. Develop a scholarly paper or poster that fulfills the MPH special project requirement, or successfully defend a thesis that fulfills the MSPH requirement.

PCMI Program Coordinator
Jesse Cassanova 
1-813-974-4247
1-888-USF-COPH (toll-free)
jcasanov@health.usf.edu
PCMI Program Co-Coordinator
Barbara Kennedy, MS, MPH
1-813-974-1092
1-888-USF-COPH (toll-free)
bkennedy@health.usf.edu

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