masters international program

Master's International Program Requirements

Masters International is a unique program with requirements different from a traditional MPH program at Tulane. These requirements are the same across all departments that offer the MPH or MSPH.  The program is only available at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine



In order to officially enroll in the Master's International program, a candidate should indicate their interest through the common application on SOPHAS when first applying to Tulane University.  Within the application, select "Master's International" in addition to your choice of academic department.

If you have been admitted or started a graduate degree at The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and would like to become a MI student, email us or stop by the Peace Corps Programs office in the Office of Student Services at the Tidewater Building, suite 2460.  Please be aware that if you indicate interest in SOPHAS and subsequently receive an acceptance to the school, you will automatically be enrolled in the MI program.  You will need to stop by the office or email us to remove yourself from the program.

A candidate will fill out their application to Peace Corps approximately one year before finishing their coursework.  This application is done independently of Tulane University.  For more information, visit the Peace Corps website to learn about the online application and medical clearance processes.

Program Requirements

  • Completion of academic coursework required for degree (45 credits; if in department of Tropical Medicine, 42 credits)
  • Monthly Seminars throughout the school year
  • Participation in community service events
  • Successful completion of a 27-month Peace Corps service
  • Completion of all Quarterly Reports and Practicum forms throughout service
  • United States Citizenship



Master's International students must complete course work portion of their degree. This includes the core courses and all required coursework for a master's degree in one of the school's departments (Global Biostatistics and Data Science, Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Global Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health Management and Policy or Tropical Medicine). You can find more information about each degree on departmental homepages.

All 45 credit hours must be completed (42 if in Tropical Medicine) according to departmental course requirements prior to departure for Peace Corps service.

The Practicum

  • Students choose a public health project or activity they implement during their Peace Corps service
  • Students must complete a minimum of 200 to 300 hours working on this project
  • Throughout their project students will submit updates to their academic advisor and Peace Corps Programs office
  • A final report is submitted to the academic advisor and Peace Corps Programs office at the end of the practicum experience

Culminating Experience

Masters International students are given three options for meeting the culminating experience requirement.  You should meet with your academic advisor to determine which of the following three options are appropriate for your degree and department:


Public Health Analysis

  • Written document that is a review of the body of knowledge in the students selected field of public health
  • This analysis must incorporate all core areas of Public Health
  • Final report is presented to advisor one month prior to students graduation


  • A thesis describing the student's research or practicum project
  • Coordinated with academic advisor and coordinators of the Peace Corps Program

Comprehensive Exam

  • Can be taken any time after completion of course work, either before or after Peace Corps service
  • Exam availability to subject to academic advisor and department



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