International Affairs

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows

The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows, a graduate fellowship program, allows returned Peace Corps Volunteers to apply to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) program. The program offers financial assistance and opportunities for returned Peace Corps Volunteers to use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service during their graduate work as they participate in service learning projects with underserved communities.

Located in one of the world’s largest academic health science centers, the internationally renown UAB School of Nursing’s legacy of nursing leadership is focused on the integration of research, education, and clinical practice. The UAB School of Nursing is ranked 13th - in the top 5% of nursing schools - nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, is 7th among publically funded colleges and universities and is the most affordable of all of the top-ranked schools of nursing. 

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Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP)

About Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows 


Students in the UAB School of Nursing Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows program participate in the translation of global experience. This unique and intercollaborative program advances Peace Corps’ third goal, “to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans,” by providing opportunities for returned Peace Corps Fellows to engage in meaningful experiences with underserved communities in the Greater Birmingham area.

A key component of the Fellows program involves partnering with community organizations to provide opportunities for students to address selected community or health problems through their clinical practicum experiences. Fellows will address two major health issues during these community experiences: reduction of health disparities, and addressing the nursing shortage. 

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Will:


  • Learn in a dynamic environment that gives them access to health disparities that impact urban and rural populations
  • Have a direct mentor in the program coordinator who is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a graduate of an accelerated nursing program
  • Have opportunities to work closely with Greater Birmingham Returned Peace Corps Volunteers on community projects such as map murals, recruitment fairs and educational events

Andrea Kayne (Paraguay 2012; BSN 2015)


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"I started nursing school at UAB before I had even been back from PC Paraguay a full year, and being able to identify myself as a PC Fellow was a comfort and a pleasure. I made great connections with faculty that have carried on beyond graduation and I treasured sharing my service with prospective applicants and future nurses. As a new resident in Alabama, the UAB School of Nursing Peace Corps Fellows program gave me guidance, helped me integrate, and opened the door for professional opportunities."

Sarah Jayne Merrick (China 2012; MSN 2015)


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“There are many benefits of being a RPCV, one of them the Peace Corps Fellows program at the UAB School of Nursing. I initially chose the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Program for its affordability and quickness, but now I am glad I chose the program because I was exceedingly prepared for the nursing boards as well as to start working. The program placed me on a floor where I am currently working and wish to specialize in so I could not be in a better position to succeed in my education and career.”

For more information:

Karmie Johnson, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC 
Program Coordinator
205.975.4295 |


Opportunities for Global Service in Health

There are many ways to use what you know in health care to serve families of low resources, both in the US and abroad. For opportunities abroad, please click on the links below to find ways in which you can use your passion for global health to enhance your training and/or advance your career.  If you wish to be added to our e-mailing list, please contact us and let us know! 

Partners In Health offers job opportunities around the world for adventurous health care professionals. 

The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world.

Doctors Without Borders needs qualified nurses for a challenging and rewarding career.

Projects Abroad offers internships in nursing and health care all over the world.

Jhpiego works in developing countries to train healthcare professionals in modern reproductive health care.

United Planet is a community of people who care which trancends borders.  Nurses needed!

InterExchange provides international adventures in health care service around the world.

Be a nurse in the U.S. Navy and see the world.

Global Research Nurses work towards improving health worldwide through clinical research abroad.

Work with Resource Exchange International to help build the healthcare workforce in other nations.

 Notwithstanding any language to the contrary, nothing contained herein constitutes, nor is inteded to constitute, an offer, inducement, promise, or contract of any kind. The data contained herein are for informational purposes only and are not represented to be error free. Any links to non-UAB information are provided as a courtesy. They are not intended to constitute, nor do they constitute, an endorsement of the linked materials by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Empowering Midwives in Rwanda

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UAB School of Nursing graduate, Pandora Hardtman, pictured above (second from the right on the front row) with nurse midwives of the Rwanda Midwifery Association, is working to improve the education and power of nurse midwives in Rwanda.  Also pictured in the photo is the Rwandan Minister of Health Dr. Anita Asiimwe (fourth from the right on the front row), the Chief Nursing Officer for Rwanda Mary Murebwayire (third from the right on the front row), and three UNFPA Rwanda representatives (who were donors). 

Since graduating with her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2012, Dr. Hardtman has been working on a Human Resources for Health Project to Strengthen Midwifery Education in Rwanda.  In her role there, she has worked closely with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the Rwandan Midwifery Association, and other partners on a variety of initiatives, including the first ever celebration of the International Day of the Midwife which was a huge success.  Please enjoy further reading by reading Dr. Hardtman's blog post about this important event below.

May 5 2013 marks the first year since its inception in July 2011 that the Rwandan Association of Midwives celebrated the International Day of the Midwife. The celebration of IDM with over 150 in attendance was filled with song, traditional dance and information followed by luncheon and the fellowship of midwives, student midwives and midwifery supporters from all over the country at the Hilltop Hotel.  The IDM program launched the RAM's endorsement of the Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) campaign of the White Ribbon Alliance.  Rwandan midwives showed their bravery and commitment to improvements in care by providing supportive  anecdotal and observed statements for each of the six categories of disrespect and abuse in maternity care highlighted by the RMC campaign.  The stories told by a midwife in the local kinyarwanda language made it impossible for the listeners to ignore the gravity of the problem and committed all within hearing to positive action.  The keynote speech of  Minister of  State Health Dr. Anita Asiimwe reiterated the need for more midwives to continue to provide high quality services and to provide respectful, dignified, accountable care. 

The founding members of the RAM were SisterMary Murebwayire, Ministry of Health Chief Nursing Officer and Asteria Karasira.  Sister Mary's decades of work aimed at reconstructing Nursing and Midwifery services in the post- genocide Rwanda were honored by her selection as the recipient of the first annual Rwandan Midwife of the Year award. The event garnered the attention of the local print and television media who turned out in force to record the landmark midwifery event.

The history of Midwifery in Rwanda illustrates the transition from Traditional Birth Attendants to a system of fully trained professional midwives. In 1949, Kabgayi Catholic mission started to train a few assistant midwives.  As birth moved into facilities , the midwifery demand increased.  In 1997, the Government of Rwanda approved studies at Kigali Health Institute for midwifery coursework which continue to this day.  In 2007, five additional schools of nursing and midwifery were opened at Kagbayi, Kibungo, Byumba, Rawmagana and Nyagatare.  The National Council for Nurses and Midwives reports over 250 Midwives successfully completing licensing examination and becoming eligible to enter the National Registry  of Nurses and Midwives this year to close the midwifery workforce gap.  Final year midwifery students from these Schools of Nursing and Midwifery  proudly joined in IDM festivities marking the future leadership potential and promise of the profession of Midwifery in Rwanda.  The memorable day ended with the sounds of the ICTC song 'I love being a Midwife' as taught by the Human Resources for Health Rwanda Midwifery Team. 

The event was supported with funding from the UNFPA as they continue to 'Invest in Midwives'.

The Rwanda Association of Midwives remains in its infancy and hopes to become a full member of the ICM in the near future. For more information or to support its efforts contact