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2 years, 3 months
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Up to 12 months
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3-6 months
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University of Missouri - Columbia

About this program

Public health is one of the fastest growing and most exciting fields of study. A quick glance at the news provides a good indication of the challenges facing communities around the world—including here in Missouri—and the opportunities to bring about real change through improvements in public health. Graduate students in public health come from a wide variety of disciplines, including communication, social work, political science and veterinary medicine. Peace Corps Fellows will have the opportunity to apply their experiences from around the world to this interdisciplinary education and develop a career that will help them help their world.

  • Year partnership began: 2017
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 1

Application requirements

The same as regular admissions plus your signed description of service (DOS) and a 2-page statement regarding how applicants plan to apply their Peace Corps work to public health in Missouri during their MPH program 

Admissions process

Degrees awarded

Master's of Public Health

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $17,289 $45,400
Value of fellowship $50,017 $78,178
Net cost $0 + additional benefits $0 + additional benefits

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $None

Cost savings details

100% tuition waiver plus 20 hour a week assistantship


MPH Peace Corps Fellows will have the opportunity to choose internships with rural Missouri health departments, Refugee and Immigrant Services, City of Refuge, Centro Latino, Refugee and Immigrant Services with Department of Child Health, Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Services, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Boone County Health Department, Central Missouri Community Action, and the Department of Health and Human Services

Other opportunities

Cost of living plus books

Jobs for alumni

  • Contractor for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service within the Veterinary Services division, working on Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response materials and national outbreak reporting. 
  • Fellowship with the CDC where placed as an Epidemiology Specialist. 
  • Public Health Associate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Nontraditional options

Online classes are available

Contact information

Turner Rafter
Student Support Services Manager




[email protected]


802 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211