Peace Corps

Global Health Requirements

Required:    PHS 302 Global Health

Minimum of 4 semester hours (sh) from the following:

• ANT 325 Culture, Society, and Illness
• COR 442 Food, Health, and Society
• PHS 201 Introduction to Public Health
• PHS 301 Introduction to Epidemiology

Additional  4 semester hours (sh) from the above or from the following:

• BIO 324 Toxicology
• BIO 327 Immunology
• CHM 355 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
• COM 337 Health Communications
• ECO 317 Health Economics
• ECO 320 Gender and Development
• ECO 410 Economic Growth and Development
• ENS 311 Sustainable Food Production
• ESS 333 Exercise Psychology
• ESS 323 Bioenergetics
• ESS 322 Epidemiology of Physical Activity
• ESS 120 Medical Terminology
• GEO 346 Natural Disasters
• HED 230 Health Promotion: Foundation to Function
• HED 235 Inactivity: The Threat of a Modern Lifestyle
• IDS 285 Perspectives in Personal and Global Health
• COR 324 Substance Abuse and Human Behavior
• COR 326 Human Sexuality
• COR 406 Perspectives in Women’s Health
• PEH 324 Nutrition or COR 368 Nutrition
• PSY 356 Health Psychology

Additional Peace Corp Prep requirements:

A minimum of two units of experiential learning requirements in any of the following areas:

Undergraduate Research:
Research topics should be relevant to PCPP track (e.g., Environmental science and sustainable agriculture or Global Health).

o 1 credit hour of research (courses numbered 498 or 499) = 1 unit
o Elon’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program = 2 units

Internships, service learning, or volunteer experiences
Very high consideration is given to those applicants that have volunteer service/internships in areas that are relevant to their track (e.g., Environmental science and sustainable agriculture or Global Health). Three months of hands-on experience is highly prized by the Peace Corps. Tutoring/teaching/at-risk program experience is also highly valued.


o 1 credit hour of internship = 1 unit
o Designated service-learning course = 1 unit
o Pre-approved service-learning experience mentored by the Kernodle Center = 1-2 units (40+ hours per unit)

Leadership experiences

o Completion of LED 210-Foundation of Leadership
o Pre-approved leadership experience mentored by the Center for Leadership = 1-2 units (40+ hours per unit)

Global experiences

o Studying or traveling abroad for min of 3 weeks (or approved length of time)

Work experiences

o 10 weeks (or approved length of time) of hands on work experience.  This could include working on a farm, in a clinic, etc.

IMORTANT NOTE: Even if you don’t meet the specific requirements of each category, the combination of many partially filled requirements can be of equal value in preparing for Peace Corps service.  Talk to your respective PCPP service area advisor to see how you can take advantage of combining partial requirements.