The Department of Tropical Medicine has a long and proud history of contributions to the fields of parasitology and tropical medicine. The department is one of the oldest of its kind in the world, and has established a strong international reputation for research in vector-borne and other tropical infectious diseases. Although its origins are based in classical parasitology, tropical medicine coursework and research programs span the breadth of public health and infectious disease problems across the globe. Students benefit from the opportunity to learn from faculty members doing cutting-edge research in a number of bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases. Students have the opportunity to work in the field and/or labs in areas as diverse as Colombia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, Peru, Sierra Leone, and Zambia.
This is an exciting time for faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Tropical Medicine! The department now offers two more distinguished program tracks to better serve the career goals of our students. In addition to the new programs the Department of Tropical Medicine is anxiously awaiting the opening of a new state of the art biosafety level three (BSL-3) laboratory. Research conducted in this new facility will focus on the development of treatments, vaccines and diagnostics for emerging infectious diseases that occur naturally, such as West Nile Virus, Dengue and Chagas. The new BSL-3 laboratory will house a BSL-3 level insectary providing state of the art equipment for research into vector borne bio threat agents and emerging infectious diseases. The new facilities will facilitate the groundbreaking research on vector-borne pathogens as well as biological interactions between vectors and infectious agents and between the vectors and vertebrate hosts of these pathogens and parasites. A unique aspect of the department is that its research encompasses the full range of activities from developing rapid and more accurate molecular methods for disease diagnosis and surveillance, to understanding the ecology of diseases in its natural setting, to the development of strategies and tools for disease prevention and management as we continue the development of novel diagnostics, new drugs, vaccines and tools for vector control.
Graduates of the Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine program are prepared to work for the U.S. government, in private practice, or for non-governmental organizations. Graduates of the Master of Science in Public Health program are prepared to work in disease control programs or parasitology diagnostic and academic and research laboratories. Many graduates enter medical school or doctor of philosophy programs. The Doctor of Philosophy program trains professionals in field, epidemiological, and state-of-the-art laboratory studies of tropical diseases in order to assume responsibilities for tropical disease research and control programs.
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Department of Tropical Medicine
Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, 23 Tidewater #8317