The Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPHTM) is a public health degree with a specialty in infectious diseases, and especially those diseases found in tropical regions. The program prepares public health practitioners to plan and evaluate disease control and prevention programs, physicians to better treat and evaluate tropical diseases, or students to pursue medical school and other medical professions. The curriculum consists of core public health courses and specialty courses in the biological, medical, social, and epidemiological aspects of diseases that are more prevalent in tropical countries. Physicians are able to pursue a clinical track and are eligible for the Certification Exam in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler’s Health by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
In addition to the SPHTM admission requirements, students enrolling in the clinical tract must hold a MD, DO, DVM, equivalents, or be concurrently enrolled in the Tulane University School of Medicine. Other health professionals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The MPH and Tropical Medicine degree requires a total of 42 credits that include:
SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)
MPHTM - Required Courses (16 to 19 credits)
*TRMD 6060 and TRMD 6420 are not required for students enrolled in the Clinical Track.
**Students in the clinical track must take Tropical Medicine Seminar (TRMD 7000) at least once to fulfill the specialty requirements.
Additional Clinical Track Recommended Courses
Physicians and other eligible health care professionals interested in deepening their knowledge of diagnoses and treatment of tropical diseases will take additional courses on the clinical aspects of tropical diseases. To be eligible for the Certification Exam in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler’s Health offered by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, students are required to successfully complete the MPHTM program requirements and the courses below.
Elective courses (8-11 credits)
Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.
Practicum (SPHL 9980)
All MPHTM students complete a 200 hour practicum to gain practical experience. Students participate in a wide range of activities providing health care or implementing disease control strategies to satisfy the practicum requirement.
Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)
Students in the MPHTM program conduct a public health analysis.
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