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Emory University — Rollins School of Public Health

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

Early January each year

Admissions Cycle:

Once per year

Program Start:
Fall (mid-August each year)
Program Founded:
October, 1998


  •  Practical application of knowledge and skills gained at the Rollins School of Public Health.
  • Connect to the Atlanta community in service learning opportunities with refugee organizations to address important public health issues.
  • Connect to a unique group of RPCVs in the Emory and Atlanta communities including many experts at CDC, Care, Carter Center and other places where our MI students and alumni are employed.
  • Opportunity to make a positive and sustainable contribution to health and well-being in an international community with service to Peace Corps.
  • Ongoing support and resources throughout service in Peace Corps.
  • Increased marketability for employers after successful Peace Corps service.
  • MI students receive a Dean's grant of $2500 in their last semester of coursework.
  • Complete entire MPH program and all coursework prior to departing for Peace Corps service which provides great resources to better serve your community as well as a great support network in the field.



The Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) offers a master of public health degree in conjunction with the Peace Corps Master's International Program. The program at RSPH focuses on helping to properly prepare interested students to be successful Peace Corps Volunteers. Special attention is provided to help students to develop and nurture appropriate expectations, flexibility, dedication, as well as to draw on experiences and coursework from their departments that will help them make positive and sustainable contributions to improving the health and well being of an international community.

This program is open to students in all departments at RSPH that meet Peace Corps eligibility (U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age with 4-year degree or eligible working experience). Students must complete all 42 credit hours of coursework before departing for service. Most students complete coursework in 4 semesters or 2 years. During the 2 years on campus, in addition to completing their program requirements for their department, MI students also enroll in a special seminar each semester. This MI seminar uses a participatory approach to draw on the best practices from the diverse coursework at RSPH and also features the shared experiences of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from the RSPH and Atlanta community. All Master's International students also complete a dynamic community project where they work with community organizations that serve the local refugee populations, to begin practicing community integration skills and those that will be essential to make an impact in public health Peace Corps assignments. This program is designed to improve MI Peace Corps volunteers ability to make positive, sustainable contributions to improving the health and well-being of the international communities in which they serve.

While students are overseas, they will be expected to submit quarterly updates and communication pieces to stay connected to the resources available and to share their experiences with current MI students.


There is no separate application process for the Master's International program at RSPH. Interested students admitted to any department at RSPH are eligible to participate in the Master's International program. Students must indicate interest in this program on their SOPHAS application or contact peacecorps@emory.edu for assistance.

For information on how to complete the MPH application, visit the RSPH Admissions website at: www.sph.emory.edu.

Apply online through SOPHAS at: https://portal.sophas.org/.

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

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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