Our Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) track combines a Peace Corps field experience with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in the Departments of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. After several exciting years of collaboration, the Peace Corps has decided to retire the Master's International Program. The final cohort of PCMI students will graduate from the program in Spring 2020.
The Peace Corps
The Peace Corps has placed more than 210,000 Volunteers in over 139 countries since 1961, all in service of three goals: helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. Today, public health is a major area of focus for the Peace Corps, with volunteers working on issues ranging from AIDS education to control of infectious diseases and child health.
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The Peace Corps and Pitt Public Health
Combining the Peace Corps experience with an MPH degree gives students experience in international public health and fosters a nuanced understanding of global health challenges and opportunities. Public health students often seek educational experiences where they can be of service and make a lasting contribution to a community. With today’s emphasis on global health at the forefront of many students’ minds, that community may be somewhere around the world. The PCMI track aids students in gaining practical and relevant skills in the core disciplines of public health, problem solving and project management in resource poor settings, and in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Our vision statement, “global leadership in creating and translating knowledge to enhance the public’s health,” both acknowledges past accomplishments and inspires future directions. Approximately 23 percent of Pitt Public Health students are international, representing 38 nations and adding a unique diversity to student interactions. A third of our faculty are engaged in international research and education, spanning a range of disciplines, health issues, and geographic locations. This gives all Pitt Public Health students a global perspective in and outside of the classroom and PCMI students can both learn from and add to that perspective.
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