Master of Public Health Degree Program

Overview and Requirements

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows

Your Peace Corps service experience at the School of Public Health - Bloomington

If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), we encourage you to apply to the SPH-B's Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree in the areas of Biostatistics, Environmental Health, or Physical Activity. Through your Peace Corps service you have the opportunity to merge your incredible experience abroad with your academic interests. Your maturity and self-discipline developed by working through challenging situations during your service is a direct indicator of academic success in the classroom.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer financial benefits

As an RPCV Coverdell Fellow, you'll receive attractive financial benefits from the SPH-B. In recognition of your volunteer service, we'll provide you with a $5,000 scholarship during your first year. Additionally, Fellows are eligible for other SPH-B scholarships and departmental Teaching Assistant (TA) positions to help fund their studies.

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Overview: The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program supports Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to continue their dedication to community service while pursuing a Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree at the School of Public Health-Bloomington (SPH-B). Coverdell Fellows at the SPH-B contribute to the civic and service needs of the community at large. This is achieved through collaboration between the SPH-B's Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships (OGCHP) and various non-profit, community-focused organizations in Bloomington. Coverdell Fellows must commit to 10-12 hours per week at a designated organization during their first year of graduate school.

Eligibility: RPCVs are selected on a competitive basis during the merit-aid review process. Decisions are based upon the candidate's academic record, letters of reference, personal statement, and resume. To be considered for the program, submit your application for admission and requested materials no later than January 15 and check the appropriate box on your School of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application. Once designated as a Coverdell Fellow, students must maintain full-time enrollment, complete their community-focused internship, meet academic criteria, and adhere to all other program guidelines.

Opportunities: In addition to working approximately 10-12 hours per week in a local nonprofit, community-focused organization, Coverdell Fellows attend a professional development seminar each semester and get to participate in events focused on the promotion of international public health and cultural awareness, as well as during Peace Corps Week on campus. A Coverdell Fellows Program Coordinator will correspond with Fellows about their internships and opportunities to bring home the Peace Corp Third Goal on campus.

Admissions: Admission to the School of Public Health at IU Bloomington will require applicants seeking a degree to apply via the School of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). More information, including application requirements and deadlines can be found here.

Inquiries: Please email for more information.