Peace Corps Masters Internationalist Program

February 1, 1998

Inside Tulane Staff

It's a Fact! Peace Corps Master's Internationalist Program The program: Tulane is one of 22 universities across the country participating in the Master's Internationalist Program, which trains students to volunteer in areas such as environmental health, maternal and child health, forest conservation, ecology, education and public health.

The Tulane program currently has 63 students enrolled in the program, the largest of any participating university.

Beginnings: The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine formed its Master's Internationalist Program in 1989 with five students. Elaine Boston, dean of admissions and student affairs, directs the program.

Service: After one year of course work in a particular concentration at Tulane, students serve for two years in the Peace Corps. Students receive a master's degree at the end of their service time.

Locations: Program participants serve in all areas of the developing world, including Burkina Faso, Fiji, Gabon, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Malawi and Nepal.

Work: Examples of past Tulane master's internationalists' projects include working under the national epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health in Guyana and organizing baby weighing, vaccinations and prenatal consultations in rural communities in Latin America.

Source: Jeffery Johnson, director of admission at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Tara Sullivan, coordinator of Peace Corps Programs

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