School of Community Health Sciences at University of Nevada - Reno
Why you should consider this program
Public health is a discipline oriented toward problem solving through research and action. Public health of today also increasingly demands international experiences and perspectives. The School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno has over 1,700 declared majors in the undergraduate program with another 70 graduate students in the Master of Public Health program and the recently launched PhD program.
The University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s historic land-grant institution and is home to approximately 21,000 students, including nearly 3,000 graduate students. The University is currently classified as a Carnegie “Higher Research Activity” institution and offers an array of degree programs at all levels. The university is also designated as “Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution.” Reno hosts an active arts community with the University, the Nevada Museum of Art, and a wide range of independent arts institutions.
Nestled in the valley of the Truckee River on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, Reno offers an excellent quality of life. Lake Tahoe is less than an hour away with close proximity to the Black Rock Desert, Yosemite and Lassen National Parks, Napa and Sonoma, Sacramento and the Bay Area.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 18,767||$ 6,269||$ 12,498|
|Out of state||$ 49,809||$ 34,645||$ 15,164|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
The cost savings come from three
- Tuition support (80% of out-of-state rate or 40% of in-state rate)
- Stipend for 10-hour graduate assistantship for two academic years ($800/month, 10-month contract each academic year)
- Subsidy to health
insurance (50% of regular rate).
Fellowships awarded per year (average)
Minimum 1, with possible additional positions depending on the applicant qualification and funding availability
Other benefits or opportunities
The Fellows are offered 10 hours of graduate assistantship. Depending on the availability of funding, the Fellows will be able to apply for an additional 10 hours of graduate assistantship in the School or in other units, whether academic or administrative, on campus. Also, the Fellows will be eligible to apply for scholarships offered in CHS and other sources, both intramural and extramural.
Once enrolled in our MPH program, the Fellows automatically become members of the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate Student Association (GSA), which provides various services, including but not limited to travel support and professional development opportunities. In addition, interested and qualified Fellows can apply for GSA awards/scholarships and run for leadership positions within the organization. Our MPH students are also members of the Graduate Society of Public Health within the School of Community Health Sciences that connects them to community services organizations and state public health organizations for community engagement, networking, and career development opportunities. Furthermore, the Fellows can participate and contribute to domestic/international field training held by the Nevada Public Health Training Center. They are also eligible for Career Studio resources, campus-wide professional development services for job readiness, resume writing skills, interviewing skills and job placement.
Annual cost of living (estimated)
Application fee waived?No
Internship is one required component of MPH culminating experience in the School of Community Health Sciences at University of Nevada, Reno. The culminating experience is one that requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice. All MPH students are expected to find an organization to complete the internship requirement.
Internship Coordinator, advisor, and other faculty can provide support through their various connections in the communities, but it is up to students to arrange an internship that fits best with their area of interest. To support our MPH students in their effort to secure an appropriate internship, CHS has cultivated strong collaborative relationships with government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations at the local, state, and international levels.
To comply with the internship clause of the Coverdell Fellows program, the Fellows will be required to choose an internship that supports an impoverished and/or socially disadvantaged community in the domestic context. For more information about the graduate internship program at CHS and currently available internship opportunities for our MPH students, visit the graduate internship page: http://dhs.unr.edu/chs/community/grad-internships.
Jobs for program alumni
Investigation Specialist, Southern Nevada Health District
Manager, Nevada Community Health Worker Association
and Evaluation Coordinator, Nevada Public Health Training Center
Breastfeeding Coordinator, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Educator, Washoe County Health District
Rio Grande County Public Health
Prevention Program Manager, Arizona Department of Health Services
Systems Manager, American Cancer Society
Director, Family and Child Health, Association of State and Territorial Health
Services Consultant, Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health
- Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attend;
- GRE scores;
- State of purpose;
- Three letters of recommendation;
- University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School online application
To be considered for the Fellows program, complete your application by February 1st. In your statement of purpose, clarify that you are applying for the Coverdell Fellows program. It is also recommended that you contact the Paul Coverdell Fellows Program Coordinator of the School of Community Health Sciences and notify your applications status. Accepted Fellows will be notified of their admission and funding decision via email.
MPH classes are offered in the afternoons and evenings
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started