RSPH Global Service Prep

The Rollins School of Public Health was a Peace Corps Master’s International partner until the Peace Corps retired the program in 2016. After the closure of the program, Rollins continues to offer students the unique opportunity to prepare for Peace Corps service while earning an MPH or MSPH through the RSPH Global Service Prep.

Global Service Prep Students:

  • Participate in all ClaRC program components
  • Receive support and guidance through the Peace Corps application process
  • Learn public health-relevant skills, techniques, and lessons from the field
  • Connect to currently serving alumni in the field

NOTE: U.S. citizenship is required for service in the U.S. Peace Corps

Students will participate in the Global Service Prep program concurrently with their MPH/MSPH degree curriculum. Those interested in the program will be registered in a two-hour service learning class for the duration of their master’s program. This class' s main objective is to give students valuable international experience with community organizations right here in Atlanta. Learn about the course here.

If you are enrolled in the program and chose to apply to the Peace Corps for service:

  • Your application to Peace Corps will no longer be tagged as MI, and thus will be received and reviewed as any other applicant (though you will naturally be more competitive than most). This applies to students that apply for Peace Corps after the 2016 cohort.
  • While serving abroad, students will not be expected to complete substantive research, coursework, or other time-consuming activities related to the RSPH program.

Typically, RSPH Global Service Prep students apply to Peace Corps during their first year at Rollins, complete their legal and medical clearance required for service during their third semester, and typically receive their Peace Corps assignment in their fourth semester.

We recommend that students either apply to Peace Corps the summer before starting graduate school or during their first year.

Please contact us to express your interest in enrollment before the add-drop period ends in the fall semester.

For more information about the Peace Corps community at Rollins, ClaRC, or the Peace Corps Coverdell Program, please email us at peacecorps@emory.edu or visit us at

Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH)
Grace Crum Rollins Building, First Floor
Office of Admission and Student Services
1518 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961 “to promote world peace and friendship” through international service. Since then, more than 215,000 people have served in more than 139 countries around the world. Volunteers commit to two years of service performing a range of critical tasks like promoting education about pertinent public health issues (such as HIV/AIDS, sanitation,  and nutrition), creating health programs,  and working with local governments to improve local facilities and establish public health policies.