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New Mexico State University
College Of Health and Social Services
Nursing, Public Health Sciences and Social Work

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows

Welcome to Peace Corps at NMSU

Lindsey Brantley (Peru 2010-2013) is a NMSU Peace Corps Fellow in the program of MPH and FCS

The College of Health and Social Services is one of two colleges at New Mexico State University (NMSU) that houses a Peace Corps  Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Programs are in the College of Health and Social Services (CHSS) and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The first Fellows Program in the CHSS began in 2003; the ACES program began in 2009.Within the CHSS, Fellows can seek a Master’s degree in the following areas: Nursing, Social Work, or Public Health. There is also the option to see a joint MPH/MSW degree. For additional or more specific information, regarding the NMSU Fellows Program or to request a NMSU Fellowship application, email Sue Forster-Cox at (Colombia, 1977-79), NMSU Fellows Coordinator, or call (575) 646-2183.


When an RPCV is accepted into a graduate program at NMSU, within CHSS or ACES, and is awarded a graduate assistantship, this qualifies the Fellow for in-state tuition. In addition, the student receives health insurance coverage through the University.

Description of NMSU

New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) main campus is located in the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico in Doña Ana County. Las Cruces’ population is approximately 101,000, and it is strategically located about 40 miles from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Doña Ana County, along with five other counties in southern New Mexico make up the New Mexico border region, with three of the counties (Doña Ana, Luna, and Hidalgo) actually sharing a physical border with the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. The population within this 6-county border region is more than 54% of Hispanic origin.

Within this geographic region exists dozens of “colonia” communities, which are characterized as rural unincorporated subdivisions within 150 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border that lack a potable water supply, adequate sewage systems, and decent, safe and sanitary housing. It is estimated that as many as 80,000 (45%) of the Doña Ana County residents alone live in these unincorporated communities.

New Mexico State University attracts the best students from all over. We have students from all 50 states and 71 foreign countries. We are the only land-grant institution that is also classified as Hispanic-serving by the federal government and minority enrollment at the main campus is more than 49 percent. There are over 17,000 students enrolled at the main campus in Las Cruces. For more information, see About NMSU.


Applicants must have successfully completed 27 months of Peace Corps service (with COS documentation), meet the admission requirements of New Mexico State University, the Graduate School, and the degree program for which they are applying.

Additional Information for RPCV Fellows at NMSU

Contact Information

Photo of Sue Forster-Cox
Dr. Sue Forster-Cox
Associate Professor
New Mexico State University
Department Of Health Science
Dr. Forster-Cox is an Associate Professor within the Department. She teaches Health Program Planning, Rural Health, Foundations of Public Health Education, and oversees the Field Experience for all students. Her research interests include promoting gardening as a form of physical activity and a means of providing healthful, fresh food sources in tribal/rural communities. She is the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Community Health program, Online MPH program (Interim), and two Peace Corps associated programs for the College: Paul C. Coverdell Fellows/USA and Master’s International. She received her PhD in Health Promotion from the University of New Mexico in 1995; MPH from University of Hawaii in 1982 in Community Health Education/Maternal and Child Health; and BS in Health Science - University of Northern Colorado in 1977.

This page last updated on October 22, 2014