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Boston University — School of Public Health

Program Type:
Master's International
School of Public Health
Degrees Awarded:
Public Health (MPH)
Admissions Deadlines:

Rolling Admissions. Priority deadline for Fall Semester: February 1; Spring Semester: October 1. Please note, applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be considered for admission on a rolling basis pending space available.

Admissions Cycle:

Twice per year

Program Start:
Fall and Spring
Program Founded:
September, 1987


Boston University is a world-renowned research institution in one of the world's greatest cities. Home to the New England Regional Peace Corps Office and the active Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers group, Boston is a regional stronghold of professional development opportunities. Master's International students can readily seek out networking and career opportunities by tapping into this broad-based network of professionals in the field.

In addition to the inherent benefits of Peace Corps service, Master's International (MI) students may earn up to five (5) credits during their Peace Corps service and receive a tuition scholarship for those credits. MI Students can meet their Field Practice requirement through completion of Peace Corps training. As part of the admissions process, all applicants are considered for institutional grants and scholarships.


Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) includes seven academic departments with education programs essential to public health. The MPH degree equips students with the skills to identify and address public health issues through the design, implementation and evaluation of public health responses. After three semesters of full-time coursework, Master's International students join Peace Corps to gain experience key to building a career in global health. Students elect one of eight concentrations: Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights; Health Policy & Management; International Health; Maternal & Child Health; or Social & Behavioral Sciences. Since its inception in 1987, nearly 60 BUSPH students have joined Peace Corps through the MI program.

The MI Programs sits within a dynamic Department of International Health and the University-wide Center for Global Health & Development, a multidisciplinary applied research center that seeks to help solve critical global health challenges. MI students take international health courses to bolster their working knowledge of the developing world. MI students can also declare an HIV/AIDS specialty, with coursework focused on this pandemic. Through monthly meetings, MI students hear directly from returned Peace Corps Volunteers and together, discuss timely and relevant issues of working abroad. In addition, MI students have many opportunities to participate in the Center for Global Health & Development special events and engage in a wide variety of global health activities.


To be considered for admission, all applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Relevant experience in the health sector is desirable, though not required. To apply, complete an MPH application online via SOPHAS.org. All applicants must submit official transcripts, a personal statement, a current resume or C.V., three letters of recommendation, standardized test scores (taken within last five years), and an application fee. When applying through SOPHAS, be sure to select the Master's International Program as you specify your academic concentration. For specific requirements see: http://sph.bu.edu/admissions. Note: only US Citizen's may serve in Peace Corps and be considered for the MI program.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Mr. Joseph Anzalone
Senior Manager

School of Public Health
801 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Floor, 364
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-
(617) 638-5396
(617) 638-4476