University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - School of Information and School of Public Health

Why you should consider this program

The Master of Health Informatics program (MHI), in partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps, provides returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) the opportunity to earn a Master of Health Informatics, a joint degree in the School of Information and the School of Public Health, through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program offers financial support to those who have served in the Peace Corps prior to enrolling in the MHI program. In addition, RVPCs will use skills developed during their service in underserved U.S. communities. 

These values align closely with Peace Corps volunteer principles and the organization’s mission of working at grassroots levels in order to enact sustainable change and address the most pressing needs of people around the world. 

RPCVs who are selected as a Coverdell Fellow will receive a 50 to 100% tuition scholarship to the MHI program at the University of Michigan Schools of Information and Public Health.  As many RPCVs are highly qualified, consideration is given for the highest scholarship possible and often awarded.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 43,589 $ 21,795 $ 21,794
Out of state $ 87,349 $ 43,675 $ 43,674
* 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

RPCVs who are selected as a Coverdell Fellow will receive a 50 to 100% tuition scholarship to the Master of Health Informatics program.  MHI students are eligible to apply for GSI and GSRA positions, which can also significantly contribute to the deduction of tuition and fees

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 21,788

Application fee waived?



Coverdell Fellows are required to complete a professional internship as part of the MSI program.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Advisory Associate, PricewaterhouseCooper
  • Business Analyst, CNSI
  • Consultant, Deloitte
  • Healthcare Administration Fellow, ECM Hospital
  • Research Scientist, Eli Lilly
  • Technical Services Analyst, Epic
  • Performance Data Analyst, Health Quality Institute
  • Program Manager, HealthAware LLC
  • Project Coordinator and Health Informatics Specialist, JOOL Health
  • Population Health Analyst, Michigan Health Information Network
  • Presidential Management Fellow, Health Systems Specialist San Francisco, VA Medical Center, Mental Health Service
  • Dedicated Advisor, The Advisory Board Company
  • Analyst/Programmer, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
  • Mobile Health Data/Cloud Architect, The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund
  • Senior Payer Analytics Analyst, Trinity Health
  • Health Informatics Fellow, Trinity Health
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Other details

Program length

Four Terms or Two Years

Application requirements

Master of Health Informatics applicants are required to complete a four year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment in the master’s degree program.

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Admissions process

Prospective students should indicate in their MHI application their status as an RPCV.  They will then be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship following their admission to the program.  Applicants may be asked to take part in an interview for consideration of the Coverdell Fellowship award.

Program begins

Late August

Non-traditional options

Eligibility for the Coverdell Fellowship last for two years after enrollment. Fellows must be enrolled full-time to receive this award (full-time registration is a minimum 9 credits for fall and winter terms and 5 credits for spring and summer half terms.) Satisfactory academic progress and standing (B average/3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is expected for the award to continue. 

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Rachael Wiener, Associate Director of Recruiting and Admissions

The University of Michigan
UMSI Engagement Center 777 North University, Suite 2020
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1611