After completion of a Peace Corps service, returned volunteers can receive financial aid to pursue a master’s degree or doctorate in a wide variety of subject areas at more than 90 universities through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
UTEP currently offers a benefit package to returned volunteers interested in pursuing a Master of Public Health. This is the first and only Coverdell Fellows program in Texas!
Master of Public Health Program Overview
The program length is 2 years and begins in the Fall.
Our program prepares students for public health careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. The program is directed toward individuals with prior health experience and/or who have a strong commitment to public health.
MPH program students take core courses designed to develop knowledge, analytical and technical skills in five fundamental public health competencies: social and behavioral sciences, health services administration and policy, epidemiology, environmental health and biostatistics. The required practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply the public health theory and skills they have learned in a practice setting.
Students also learn through completing a “culminating experience”. This requires a student to synthesize, integrate, and apply knowledge and skills gained through coursework and other learning experiences.The culminating project for the MPH Program at UTEP consists of a thesis or graduate research project. Our innovative Hispanic and Border Health concentration prepares students for public health practice in Hispanic and border communities.
The MPH degree program requires completion of 42 credit hours of course work: 15 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours in the Hispanic and border health concentration, 6 hours of practicum, and the remaining credit hours from a combination of course electives and the“culminating experience” (thesis or graduate project). Elective courses are chosen in conjunction with the faculty mentor with Graduate Advisor approval.Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, fellowships and other forms of assistance are available through the College and University.
When you join us, you will study with fellow students from interesting and diverse backgrounds. You will take classes with other students who come from a wide range of professional backgrounds such as Health Promotion/Education, Nutrition, Medicine, Nursing, Kinesiology, Chemistry, Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Biology, Social Work, Microbiology, Anthropology/Sociology, Psychology, and many others. Your fellow students come from Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico as well as from other places in the United States, Latin America, and around the world.
The MPH Graduate faculty are committed to the individual mentoring of each student. A faculty member usually has no more than 4-5 graduate students, allowing time for individualized attention to each. Students also get to know faculty and other graduate students who serve as informal mentors through attendance at seminars, informal research presentations, and social activities. Information on the MPH Graduate faculty and their research interests is available on the faculty link on this site.
For more information visit Master in Public Health - UTEP.
Who can apply?
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have completed their service and are interested in pursuing their Master of Public Health at UTEP.
What are the application requirements?
Application form, official GRE scores, official college transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation with a least one from a professor,curriculum vitae or resume, and a 500-word statement clearly describing prior health experience, reasons for pursuing the MPH, future career plans, and their Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS).
For Fall 2018 admittance, students must apply by April 15th, 2018 online through the Graduate School: Apply Now
What are the benefits if offered a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows award?
* In-state Tuition: In the state of Texas, a graduate student who receives either an assistantship or at least $1,000 in scholarships in eligible for in-state tuition. UTEP will either: (1) provide selected Fellows with a research or teaching assistantship that will make them eligible for In-
State tuition and will include health insurance premiums OR (2) give selected Fellows a $1,000 scholarship that will make them eligible for In-State tuition but will not include health insurance premiums.
* Priority Application for Assistantships within the Department of Public Health Sciences: All accepted Coverdell Fellows will be given priority access to Teaching and Research Assistantships within the Department of Public Health Sciences.
* Application Fee Scholarship: The $45 graduate school application fee will be covered by the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for Coverdell Fellow applicants.
* Housing Scholarship: UTEP is proud to offer a housing scholarship for Fellows who wish to live on campus of a 25% discount on a two-bedroom apartment. This translates into a$143.75 per month reduction from the normal $575 rate or $1,725.00 over 12 months. Each unit is furnished and has a full kitchen. All utilities are included. Amenities include refrigerated air, high speed Internet, cable TV, and laundry facilities. For more information: http://sa.utep.edu/housing/apartments/. Fellows will need to complete a separate housing application and pay the $200 housing deposit.
* Comparative Low Cost of Living: In addition to the financial support offered above, UTEP:
- Offers very competitive tuition and fees as compared to many other colleges and universities with Coverdell Fellow programs
- Has a very competitive cost of living in El Paso as compared to many other cities where Coverdell Fellow programs are located. The Cost of Living Index for El Paso is 83.8 (March 2016, www.city-data.com) as compared to the U.S. average of 100.
- Has a core group working with the Institutional Advancement Office and Scholarships Office to identify additional opportunities specifically for Coverdell Fellows
Peace Corps’ 3rd goal:
Coverdell Fellows are expected to assist UTEP’s Peace Corps office in recruitment activities on campus such as tabling, speaking, and other outreach activities. If accepted into the program, the Coverdell Fellows student should reach out to the on campus recruiter in Mike Loya Academic Services, Room 218.
The Peace Corps office, housed within the Office for Undergraduate Studies, will provide basic office supplies, access to copy machines, telephones, materials, etc., to assist in recruiting activities.