School of Public Health 

Urszula Stankiewicz, a UAB SOPH MI graduate, currently serving with Peace Corps Mozambique (May 2014-August 2016)
Urszula Stankiewicz, a UAB SOPH MI graduate, serving in Mozambique (May 2014-August 2016)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health (UAB SOPH) offers the exciting Peace Corps Master’s International (MI) program to its students. This program, established by Peace Corps in 1987, provides individuals the unique opportunity to complete graduate-level public health coursework then serve as volunteers abroad equipped with both the education and skills necessary to serve most effectively.

 

Scott Russpatrick (center), a UAB SOPH MI graduate, with his co-workers at AKROS Global Health http://akros.com/ in Zambia.
Scott Russpatrick (center), a UAB SOPH MI graduate, with his co-workers at AKROS Global Health in Zambia.

Becoming a MI student requires a combination of focus, flexibility, and dedication. After completing the Master of Public Health (MPH) coursework, UAB SOPH MI students receive their Peace Corps assignments and travel to their host countries, where they serve twenty-seven months. During the first three months in-country, Peace Corps volunteers receive extensive language, technical, and cross-cultural training. While working in their assigned communities, students/volunteers complete the required MPH internship (with the approval of both UAB and the Peace Corps overseas staff) fulfilling the requirements for graduation.

Scott and Carrie Russpatrick (second from left and fourth from left) Peace Corps MI volunteers serving in Zambia.  Read more about her experience at: http://passport.peacecorps.gov/2015/02/11/namesake-a-defining-moment-in-my-peace-corps-service/
Scott and Carrie Russpatrick (second from left and fourth from left) Peace Corps MI volunteers serving in Zambia.

There are many benefits of the MI program including:  a scholarship, in-state tuition rates, enhanced career prospects post-service, advantages for federal employment, and a life altering experience. MI students graduate with a unique combination of an advanced degree and two years of substantive professional experience in an international setting.

Click here for more information about the Peace Corps Master’s International Program.

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