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MSPH in Tropical Medicine

The MSPH in Tropical Medicine is designed to build a solid knowledge base and core competencies required for professionals in the field of infectious diseases of global public health. Coursework provides a solid foundation in parasitology, vector biology and other infectious diseases of public health significance. Core public health and specialty courses in biological, cellular and epidemiological aspects of infectious pathogens and diseases comprise the curriculum. Academic research and a thesis are also required. Students graduating with the MSPH degree in Tropical Medicine have found careers in public health, biomedical sciences, or related fields at academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, health care organizations, or biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies. The MSPH degree is perfect for individuals entering the program with the intention of continuing on to doctoral study or a medical degree.

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.
  • Describe the general anatomy, physiology, and taxonomy of arthropod vectors and their role in disease transmission, as well as vector control methods.
  • Describe the basic features of innate and adaptive immunity, as well as the role of the immune system in disease pathogenesis and the principles of vaccine development.
  • Have a working knowledge of laboratory techniques and have the ability to carry out research with supervision.
  • Have the ability to organize and record research results and orally present research and its significance.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the MSPH in Tropical Medicine program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

The MSPH in Tropical Medicine degree requires a total of 42 credits that includes:

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)

MSPH in Tropical Medicine - Required Courses (19 credits)

  • TRMD 6050 Medical Helminthology (2)
  • TRMD 6060 Medical Entomology (3)
  • TRMD 6070 Medical Protozoology (3)
  • TRMD 6090 Parasitology Laboratory (1)
  • TRMD 6170 Immunology (3)
  • TRMD 6330 Microbial Diseases of the Tropics (2)
  • TRMD 6420 Tropical Virology (3)
  • TRMD 7020 Infectious Disease Seminar (1+1)*

*TRMD 7000 (Tropical Medicine Seminar) can be substituted for one or both semesters.

Elective courses (8 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All students complete a practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually completed after core courses are completed.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MSPH in Tropical Medicine program conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Preston Marx, PhD

Program Director: Nirhbay Kumar, PhD

Department Administrator: Kasi Guillot


Phone: (504) 988-3558

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