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Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

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.

Program Competencies
  • Describe the pathogens and diseases commonly found in tropical regions, and including the biological, medical, social, and epidemiological aspects of viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and helminthic diseases in regards to both pathogenesis and transmission.
  • Evaluate, plan and implement disease control programs at local, provincial, national, or international levels.
  • Train and manage workers to carry out disease control programs.
  • Diagnose and treat tropical diseases (clinical track).
Admission Requirements

In addition to the SPHTM admission requirementsstudents 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.

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH and Tropical Medicine degree requires a total of 42 credits that include:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and behavioral aspects of global health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MPHTM - Required Courses (16 to 19 credits)

  • TRMD 6050 Medical Helminthology (2)
  • TRMD 6060 Medical Entomology (3)*
  • TRMD 6070 Medical Protozoology (2)
  • TRMD 6090 Parasitology Laboratory (1)
  • TRMD 6330 Microbial Diseases of the Tropics (2)
  • TRMD 6350 Disease Prevention and Control in Developing countries (2)
  • TRMD 6420 Tropical Virology(3)*
  • TRMD 7000 Tropical Medicine Seminar OR TRMD 7020 Infectious Disease Seminar (1+1)**

*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.

  • TRMD 6310 Clinical Tropical Medicine (2)
  • TRMD 6340 Diagnostic Laboratory Methods in Microbiology (2)
  • TRMD 6360 Clinical Tropical Medicine Case Presentation (1)

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.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Preston Marx, PhD

Program Director: Mark Wiser, PhD

Department Administrator: Kasi Guillot


Phone: (504) 988-3558

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