Tropical Medicine MD/MPH Program Requirements

The Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPHTM) is a public health degree with a specialty in infectious diseases, 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.

Career paths of graduates:

Working with World Health Organization (WHO), Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, positions with medical mission organizations and overseas military assignments, and preventive medicine.

Degree Program Requirements and Competencies

Please visit the university course catalog for:

Other Elective Credits (10 credits)

  • MD/MPH students receive 10 credits transferred from the Tulane SOM for completing specific coursework with public health relevance.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All MD/MPHTM students must complete a 200-hour field practicum during the MD/MPH Rotation, for which they will register in the SOM during their T3 or T4 year.

Integrative Learning Experience (SPHL 7950)

All students must complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies.

MD/MPHTM students conduct a Public Health Analysis, typically between the end of T2 and T4 year.

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.

Contact Us

MD/MPH Director: Rachael Ruiz Currier

MD/MPH Senior Program Coordinator: Taylor Schwab

MD/MPH Tropical Medicine Faculty Advisors:

Jo-Ann Jose, MD, MPH&TM

Latha Rajan, MD, MPH & TM

Margarita Silio, MD, MPH

Jeffrey Percak, MD


Phone: (504) 988-7055