Peace Corps Master's International Concentration
The Peace Corps Master's International concentration is part of the International Health Concentration (IHC) offered by the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Students in any School of Nursing Master’s program will be eligible to add the IHC to their degree. For an overview of all the MSN program options, see Master's Programs
- Facilitate understanding of health issues in developing regions of the world and the multiple factors that underlie challenges to high quality health systems and access;
- Provide students with the skills to analyze how health and social challenges are linked to larger national and global forces (governmental, intergovernmental and economic);
- Give students the opportunity to combine an academic curriculum with on-the-ground experiential learning as a Peace Corps Health Volunteer to enhance their skills working with diverse communities and their prospects for later employment;
- Provide a forum for students with diverse backgrounds to share their own experiences, capitalizing on peer teaching opportunities that students can offer one another.
Peace Corps Service Options
Students electing the IHC may elect one of the following formats to complete the academic and Peace Corps elements of their Master’s degree program and IHC concentration:
Early Service Abroad Option
Since the Peace Corps application and screening process can take between six and twelve months, students that have been offered admission to any of the U-M School of Nursing Master's programs that would like to add the Peace Corps Master's International concentration would apply for admission to the Peace Corps prior to enrolling in their first Master's course at the School of Nursing. If admitted to the Peace Corps, they would complete only the core requirements for their Master’s degree at the U-M School of Nursing, along with a preparatory course, N520, and an international travel workshop, prior to going abroad with the Peace Corps. On returning from their 27-month service abroad, students would finish the requirements for their Master’s degree and take N697 to complete the IHC. Students are responsible for ensuring that electing the Early Service Abroad Option would not place them out of sequence for specialty courses offered on alternate years.
Degree Completion Option
Students that have been offered admission to any of the U-M School of Nursing Masters programs that would like to add the Peace Corps Master's International concentration as a degree completion option would apply to the Peace Corps during the second term of enrollment. Students electing this option would complete all their Master’s Degree requirements at the U-M School of Nursing, N520, and an international travel workshop, prior to going abroad with the Peace Corps. If admitted to the Peace Corps, students would go abroad to fulfill their 27-month service, and return to the U-M School of Nursing for one semester to complete a capstone course, N697. This option would work best for students with specialty requirements that are only offered in alternate years.
Special Note on the Service Option Selection Process
Students interested in the Peace Corps Master's International concentration are responsible for determining which option listed above is best for them. Prior to applying for the Peace Corps, students admitted to a U-M School of Nursing Master's program should meet with their assigned faculty advisor to discuss the service options (faculty advisors are assigned after acceptance of admission).
Applying to the Peace Corps Master's International Concentration
Applicants to any of the U-M School of Nursing Master's programs may elect the Peace Corps Master's International concentration. If offered admission to the U-M School of Nursing, interested applicants should submit a “Concentration Election Form” to the Office of Student Academic and Multicultural Affairs. Students that have accepted the offer of admission are assigned an experienced faculty advisor that will help them determine the best service option based on their Master's program. In addition to standard program requirements, students must take a preparatory course, N521, and an international travel workshop, prior to going abroad with the Peace Corps.
Students will receive 2-10 credits for completing the N697 Independent Study course on return to the U-M School of Nursing. This will be an extension of the integrative planning activity carried out in their first year and will allow students to reflect on their service, compare and contrast work and social issues and practices at home and abroad, and share their viewpoint with friends and colleagues.
For information on the U-M School of Nursing Master's admission requirements and application details, please visit: Master's Program - Admissions.
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