Colorado State University (CSU) and Peace Corps participate in five cooperative master’s degree programs giving students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and hands-on experience in multiple fields including public health.

CSU’s Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program allows students to integrate graduate public health training with international development practice through Peace Corps field experience.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the primary professional degree in the field of public health. The MPH degree is intended for students who plan careers as practitioners and leaders in one of more of the public health fields. Core academic public health areas include behavioral health, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and health services administration.

Program Design

A minimum of forty-two (42) credits is required for the Master of Public Health degree through the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH).

Approximately three-quarters of the course work is normally taken on the CSU campus before Peace Corps service begins. After Peace Corps service is completed, students typically return to campus for an additional semester(s).

Peace Corps service counts as a student’s practicum placement (2 credits). Students also have the opportunity to have their Peace Corps work apply toward their required capstone project (2 credits), if applicable. Upon return from Peace Corps, students will receive between two and four credits worth of tuition reimbursement for the practicum and potentially the capstone project.

Once admitted to the MPH program, students may then apply for the Peace Corps Master’s International program.

Program Contact

Lorann Stallones, PhD
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Applications & Admissions:

All applications are to be submitted to the Colorado School of Public Health through SOPHAS. You must first apply to the MPH program, and once admitted, apply to Peace Corps.

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