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Emory University — Rollins School of Public Health

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Rollins School of Public Health
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
Admissions Deadlines:

Please see the admissions page for the Rollins School of Public Health here. In order to be considered for the Peace Corps Fellowship, applicants must be admitted by the priority deadline for Merit consideration. (late December/early January each year) Please see the admissions page for the Rollins School of Public Health here.

Admissions Cycle:

Once per year.

Program Start:
Fall—Early August. Fellows are expected to arrive for training prior to new student orientation each year (early/mid August).
Program Founded:
September, 2011


The Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) has a dynamic Peace Corps community, which includes an active Returned Peace Corps Volunteers community and a Masters International program.  Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) pursuing a career in public health provide a unique perspective to the approach and practice of public health and are recognized as a vital part of the student body at RSPH. Many aspects of the Peace Corps experience are connected with the topics and competencies within the MPH and MSPH curricula. The experience and expertise of RPCVs is used to enrich the Masters International program. 

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows lead Masters International students who are preparing for service in the Peace Corps as well as help facilitate ongoing service learning opportunities with local refugee organizations. This is a very rewarding program for the Fellows and the other participating students.  Fellows have the opportunity to carry out the 3rd goal of Peace Corps service while also sharing experiences to better prepare and facilitate service for others.

RSPH students have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experiences working with many of the major public health agencies in the Atlanta area.

RSPH greatly values the experience, perspective and service of RPCV students. RPCVs are consistently engaged during their time at Rollins and are able to apply the skills that they have learned in the field to their public health educational experience. In order to honor this contribution, RPCVs that are admitted to RSPH will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Alternatively, any RPCV that is selected as a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows will receive a Merit Award and $10,000 Assistantship in order to facilitate the Masters International program and to coordinate activities on campus in the Atlanta community.


The most important aspect of Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship at the Rollins School of Public Health is its ongoing commitment to service.

Fellows manage community-engaged service-learning programs for RSPH students, Clarkston-Rollins Connection (ClaRC) and Masters International programs. Fellows and ClaRC participants are connected to local refugee organizations throughout the duration of their program to help facilitate community partnerships and mentorship opportunities. The Peace Corps Fellows specific responsibilities include: 

1) Facilitate the weekly Clarkston-Rollins Connection seminar and facilitating the Masters International seminars.

2) Organize community projects with refugee organizations in the Atlanta area which utilize strategies similar to those employed in the field by Peace Corps Volunteers. 

3) Maintain an active and engaged campus Peace Corps community via regular service and social events for Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) on and off campus. 

4) Lead and participate in committees which draw upon Peace Corps expertise and skills in collaboration with peers and officials across campus. 

5) Collaborate with local organizations in the development of programs to address issues afflicting the refugee community and/or other underserved Atlanta communities.  (i.e. language, culture, career options, access to healthcare).

6) Commit to self-growth and professional development of personal leadership abilities

7) Actively participate in the community of scholarship and service on campus through the RSPH Scholars in Action group as ambassadors for Community Engaged Learning initiatives on campus.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows can apply to any MPH or MSPH program at RSPH (with the exception of the Career MPH program) which includes Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Biostatistics and Informatics, Environmental Health, Global Environmental Health, Environmental Health - Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Global Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Global Health in Community Health and Development, Public Nutrition, or Reproductive Health and Population Studies.


Please see the admissions page for the Rollins School of Public Health here.

Fellows are selected as merit scholars for their demonstrated leadership and ongoing commitment to service. All RPCVs who have been admitted to RSPH by the priority merit deadline are reviewed and considered for the Coverdell Fellowship based on the information submitted on their SOPHAS application. Once top candidates are selected, additional information may be requested. Top candidates are usually selected by mid-March each year. All RPCVs admitted that are not selected as Coverdell Fellows will automatically receive the $10,000 RSPH Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Scholarship.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Kristin Unzicker
Director, Leadership and Community Engaged Learning

Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
1518 Clifton Road, NE
1st floor GCR
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
(404) 712-0672
(404) 727-3962

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