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Notice: PCMI program to sunset

The Peace Corps has decided to retire the Master's International Program. The final cohort of students will complete one academic year (2016-2017) at Pitt Public Health and then begin their Peace Corps service. 

Program Description and Curriculum

The PCMI Experience

PCMI students complete an intense academic year (two terms), from August through the end of April, during which they take a sequence of required courses to provide them with the critical competencies necessary for a Peace Corps Volunteer assignment in public health. Students take Concepts and Methods in Global Health (PUBHLT 2025), Peace Corps Seminar (PUBHLT 2019) and work closely with the PCMI director and program coordinator to prepare for their Peace Corps assignment. At the end of their second term, students depart for their Peace Corps assignment, which includes three months of training followed by 24 months of field experience at their Peace Corps site. After completion of Peace Corps service, students return to Pitt Public Health to complete a final year of study and write their thesis or essay. The Peace Corps experience counts as the required practicum experience.

Supportive Faculty and Staff

The Master's International Track is directed by a faculty member who is actively engaged in global health activities across the campus and serves as the program director of the Pitt Public Health Certificate in Global Health and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Global Health. The PCMI program coordinator connects PCMI students to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at Pitt and around Pittsburgh and works closely with PCMI students throughout their progression in both the academic and Peace Corps portion of their program.


Behavioral and Community Health Sciences: 45 credits total
Epidemiology: 47 credits total
Infectious Diseases and Microbiology: 42 credits
The PCMI track in IDM is available through their concentration in infectious disease management, intervention, and community practice (MIC).

All PCMI students take the following courses:

  • PUBHLT 2025 Concepts and Methods in Global Health (2 credits)
  • PUBHLT 2019 Special Studies Peace Corps Seminar (2 credits)

More about the Pitt Public Health core curriculum

PCMI students can apply for and pursue a Pitt Public Health certificate, focusing their electives to increase knowledge in a certain public health concentration such as global health, program evaluation, health equity, or LGBT individuals’ health and wellness.

Recommended Electives

  • Theories of Health Behavior and Health Education - BCHS 2520
  • Overview of Minority Health - BCHS 2524
  • Introduction to Applied Research - BCHS 2525
  • Health Program Evaluation - BCHS 2558
  • Community Development Approaches to Public Health - BCHS 2559
  • Intro to Population Problems - BCHS 2560
  • Seminar in Family Planning - BCHS 2562
  • Community Health Assessment - BCHS 2563
  • Health Survey Methods - BCHS 3002
  • Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data Analysis - BCHS 3015
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases - EPIDEM 2160
  • Epidemiology and Health Services - EPIDEM 2200
  • Public Health Education Methods - IDM 2008
  • Control and Prevention of HIV/AIDS, STDs - IDM 2034
  • Prevention, Treatment, and Control of Global Infectious Diseases - IDM 2038
PCMI students in Zambia

Questions about PCMI?

For questions about the program, contact the program coordinator, Meredith Mavero at 412-624-6904.

For more information on department-specific curricula, visit the department pages or contact department student services staff:

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Paul Markgraf

Lori Smith

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

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