Students in the Peace Corps program at Loma Linda University in southern California discuss their experience.
Master's International (MI) provides Loma Linda School of Public Health students with the opportunity of complementing a master's degree in public health with overseas service. Established in 1987, Master's International addresses the first goal of the Peace Corps: to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. Master's International students serve in over 70 different countries and participate in every aspect of life overseas.
As a prospective student, you will apply to Loma Linda University School of Public Health first, and when accepted, submit your application to the Peace Corps. After being accepted by both, you will complete 18-24 months of graduate coursework at Loma Linda University while continuing to prepare for work overseas.
After completing your initial coursework and receiving your Peace Corps placement, you will begin your Peace Corps service to satisfy the field practicum requirement for your degree. After you are placed by the Peace Corps you will travel to your respective country and begin training. Once overseas, you are given an assignment based on the needs and requests of your host country. Participating faculty recognize that while overseas, your primary responsibility is to the project and community to which you have been assigned. Rather than determining a research topic in advance, you will allow your volunteer assignment to shape your academic requirement. That assignment may be a thesis, professional paper, or other culminating project. Graduate credit units are offered for your Peace Corps service.
After completing your Peace Corps service, you will return to the US with a master's degree in public health; the ability to apply theory to practice, while living overseas; and the experiences to change the world.
For more information, please visit: http://www.llu.edu/public-health/peacecorps/mipmph.page
The Coverdell Fellows is a national graduate fellowship program that advances the Peace Corps' third goal, "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans." Returned volunteers complete internships in underserved U.S. communities, meeting local needs that would otherwise go unmet, while studying for a graduate degree. Through a collaboration of universities, public school systems, community organizations, funders, and the Peace Corps, returned Volunteers use the knowledge and capacity building skills they developed during their overseas service to improve people's lives here in America. Since the inception of the program, more than three thousand RPCVs have participated, and hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from the important work of Peace Corps Fellows.
Loma Linda University School of Public Health prepares students as public health professionals for local, national, and international service. In 2004 the School became a partner university in the formerly known Peace Corps Fellows/USA program. Since the program’s inception, fourteen Peace Corps Fellows have worked in these neighborhoods as well as with the Center for Pubic Health Practice, Center for Health Disparities, Social Action Community Health Systems, and Community-Academic Partners in Service.
Recognizing the value of Peace Corps service, Loma Linda University welcomes returned Peace Corps volunteers into the Fellows program. The University provides fellows with 6 units of tuition waiver in exchange for 5-8 hours a week of local service in an area of designated need. All master's level students must complete a field practicum. Returned volunteers can use their service abroad to satisfy this requirement, a savings of time and money.
For more information, please visit: http://www.llu.edu/public-health/peacecorps/fellows.page
For more information about the Peace Corps programs at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, please contact:
Carmen West, M.S., M.H.A.
Peace Corps Master's International and Fellows Programs
Loma Linda University School of Public Health
(909) 558-4800, extension 42072
M. Alejandra Garcia, RPCV, Regional Recruiter
United States Peace Corps
Los Angeles Regional Office