University of Missouri - Columbia

Why you should consider 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.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 17,289 $ 50,017 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 45,400 $ 78,178 $ 0 + You receive 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

100% tuition waiver plus 20 hour a week assistantship

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Cost of living plus books

Application fee waived?



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

Jobs for program 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)

Other details

Program length

2 years

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 

Program begins


Non-traditional options

Online classes are available

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Turner Rafter, Student Support Services Manager

802 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211