College of Public Health at University of South Florida

Why you should consider this program

The Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship program, at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, is a Graduate Fellowship program awarding financial assistance to selected returned Peace Corps volunteers who are pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH), or a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree.  All Coverdell Fellows will complete internships in underserved communities in the Tampa Bay Area, while working under the supervision of faculty.  Concurrently, Fellows have the opportunity to fulfill the Peace Corps’ Third Goal: To promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. The College of Public Health at USF is ranked at number 16 in the nation. Come and be a part of cutting edge research that has a strong global footprint.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 20,030 $ 4,000 $ 16,030
Out of state $ 40,460 $ 23,530 $ 16,930
* 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

All Coverdell Fellows will receive a Scholarship from the College of Public Health for $2,000 when they enroll in the program, renewable in year 2 as long as the student is making satisfactory progress in their degree program. Fellows may receive this award twice, for a total of $4,000 of scholarship support .

Coverdell Fellows will receive an out-of-state tuition waiver, which covers approximately 58% of in-state tuition which will result in significant savings on tuition.

The College of Public Health will prioritize Coverdell Fellows for a Graduate Assistantship in their academic departments, and at the discretion and need of each department which is equivalent to 80% of in state tuition, payment of the GA health insurance premium if elected by the student, and a stipend for that term.

The College of Public Health will pay for all Coverdell Fellows to take the CPH exam to be certified in public health.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows are given priority for Graduate Assistantships based on availability and research needs.

Application fee waived?



The internship can happen one of 2 ways. The first is to work with an underserved community through one of our many community partners in the Tampa Bay area. We have a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on inter-professional development across health disciplines.

Jobs for program alumni

Our alumni work in a variety of fields across Public Health both domestic and abroad. They are in every sector from the CDC and Carter Center to heads of international NGOs.

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

  • Official GRE, MCAT or GMAT test scores are required.

  • Transcripts SOPHAS requires ALL foreign transcripts to have a course by course evaluation from World Education Services (WES,

  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation of a professional or academic nature.

  • A resume or curriculum vitae

  • A statement of purpose and objectives.

  • The SOPHAS application fee must be paid

Admissions process

  • Step 1 – Applicants will apply to the College of Public Health via Sophas by the application deadline for the Fall Semester
  • Step 2 - Indicate in your SOPHAS application your desire to apply to the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program and complete the additional essay
  • Step 3 - Applicants will be notified of their admission to the College of Public Health
  • Step 4 -The Peace Corps Coordinator will contact admitted Coverdell Applicants and request their DOS, CV, and any additional documentation
  • Step 5 - All Coverdell applicants will be notified of their Coverdell application status.
  • Step 6 -If selected, applicants will have 1 week to decide if they wish to accept or decline the Coverdell offer and communicate with the COPH Peace Corps Coordinator

Program begins

Monday August 20th, 2018

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Jesse Casanova, International and Peace Corps Programs Administrator

13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC 56
Tampa, Florida 33612