National School of Tropical Medicine

Tropical Medicine Education

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The National School of Tropical Medicine already has nationally and internationally recognized robust core competencies to establish education programs in Neglected Tropical Diseases and Neglected Infections of Poverty. Together with faculty from the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics and faculty from other key departments, centers and schools within Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center, the school will continue to build infrastructure capacity for research and development (R&D), advocacy and education on the NTDs and related NIoPs in the United States and globally.

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Diploma in Tropical Medicine

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The diploma program is aimed towards healthcare professionals, including physicians and physician assistants as well as students pursuing related degree programs who would like to practice or do research in tropical medicine here in the United States or internationally. It also serves as an educational tool for healthcare professionals already practicing in developing countries who require an update on infectious, parasitic and other health problems, and for doctors in developed countries who need to diagnose and manage imported infections.

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Tropical Medicine Institute

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The National School of Tropical Medicine (NSTM) at Baylor College of Medicine is the only school of tropical medicine in the United States solely committed to addressing the world's most pressing tropical diseases that disproportionately afflict "the bottom billion," the world's poorest people who live below the World Bank poverty level.

NSTM has created the Tropical Medicine Institute to prepare baccalaureate learners, post-baccalaureate learners, and mid-level professionals (clinical and non-clinical) for advanced studies in tropical medicine and/or careers with industry/research laboratories and companies that focus on tropical and emerging infectious diseases, biotechnology, biologic development, biotechnology management and marketing, and population health.

The Tropical Medicine Institute consists of the Tropical Medicine Summer Institute and Tropical Medicine Semester Institute. Both institutes introduce learners to tropical medicine through explorations of global health, epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, parasitic diseases, and neglected tropical diseases. Over the courses, learners participate in seminars with leading experts in these fields, gain hands-on laboratory experience, and visit research centers and facilities.

Tropical Medicine Summer Institute

This intensive two-week course, held on NSTM's campus in Houston at the heart of the Texas Medical Center introduces learners to tropical medicine through explorations of global health, epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, parasitic diseases, and neglected tropical diseases. Over the course, learners participate in seminars with leading experts in these fields, gain hands-on laboratory experience, and visit research centers and facilities.
Note: The Summer Institute is not open to the public at this time.

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The faculty of NSTM, Baylor College of Medicine and affiliated institutions within the Texas Medical Center possess a wealth of knowledge and experience. The Tropical Medicine Summer Institute program has been structured to give learners a broad overview of tropical medicine, touching on all crucial topics including:

  • Infectious Diseases: diarrheal diseases, water and food borne diseases, airborne diseases (TB, Influenza, SARS), blood borne and STDs (Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, HPV)
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Nutritional Diseases
  • Cancer and Tropical Infections
  • Immunity and Vaccines
  • Public/Environmental Health: epidemiology, global health policy, community health promotion, waste management
  • Cast Studies
  • Parasitology Laboratory
  • Field Trips (e.g., water treatment plant, Houston Zoo)
  • Career Counseling

Tropical Medicine Semester Institute

The Semester Institute provides recent graduates and current professionals skills and an overview in the areas of major neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, and emerging infections (including Zika and Ebola virus infections and influenza) that affect almost all of the world’s population who live in extreme poverty, advocacy and public policy, the principals and practical application of current laboratory and point-of-care methods for the detection of tropical and emerging infectious diseases. Introduces learners to the overarching process of clinical investigations from start to finish, and the concept of population health, that will include a basic overview of epidemiologic measures for assessment of global health and disease.  The program will provide an overview immunology, management and project planning to successfully design, develop, produce, and test a biological product. The content will include concepts of how to establish the biological product characteristics analytically, biochemically and biophysically including its pre-clinical safety assessments, introduction to the regulatory and quality management systems, including quality control, quality assurance and regulatory affairs, learning how to comply and communicate effectively with the regulatory agencies or other government agencies from around the world.

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  • The Semester institute consist of short courses with topics including: 
  • Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases 
  • Applied Epidemiology Biostatistics 
  • Vector Biology and Vector Borne Diseases 
  • Biotechnology Operations 
  • Preclinical Models in Biotechnology 
  • Bench to Bedside: biopharmaceuticals, antigen discovery, production and transition to the clinic 
  • Topics in Advocacy and Policy for the Neglected Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases 
  • GIS and Health
  • Diagnostics of Neglected Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases
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Workshops and Symposia

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The National School of Tropical Medicine conducts workshops and symposia to educate health scientists, health providers, and the public about tropical medicine, raise awareness of NTDs, and promote meaningful dialogues concerning public policy. For information email tropmed@bcm.edu.

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Policies

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NSTM Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

Note: View the most updated Baylor College of Medicine Academic Policies. The website contains Baylor Code of Conduct, Diversity Policy, Student Disability Policy, Student Records Policy, Grading Policies, Course Repeat Policy, and other academic policies.

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Drop Policy for Students

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  • Students from another institution who enroll in a course offered by the National School of Tropical Medicine must abide by the drop policy of their respective institutions.
  • Four-week long courses may be dropped up to fifth class day.
  • Two-week long courses may be dropped up to the second class day.
  • Seminar courses may be dropped during the first two weeks.
  • Students must complete the course withdrawal form by the end of the drop period.
  • Requests to consider dropping after the drop date, due to extenuating circumstances, may be considered only upon completion of the late add/drop form available at the Office of the Registrar website.
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Drop Policy for Health Professionals (e.g., MDs. DOs, NPs) taking Courses for Professional Development

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  • Courses may be dropped prior to and during the course.
  • Attendees must inform the course director in writing their intent to drop the course.
  • When applicable tuition will be refunded according to the refund policy posted on NSTM website.
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Resolution of Conflicts or Concerns

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Students are encouraged to first address the individual (student, faculty, staff) involved. If the concern cannot be resolved or is of such a nature the student is not comfortable discussing it with the party involved, the proper channel would be to go to the individual’s supervisor. If the problem is not resolved informally, the student may file a formal written grievance following the grievance filing process.

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Education Resource Center

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The Education Resource Center provides curriculum support for Baylor students, faculty, fellows, residents and visiting faculty and students. Spanning the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the DeBakey Center for Medical Education, the ERC has quiet study spaces to accommodate a wide range of study styles and preferences. Users have access to both wired and wireless network connectivity and desktop computers are distributed throughout at kiosks. There are also printers, scanners, a copy machine and a fax machine. Additionally, there are multi-device charge stations provided on all 3 floors and an on-site TMC Librarian that can provide assistance with navigating the various research tools and resources available through the Texas Medical Center Library.

ERC staff is available for assistance with scanning and imaging software, wireless connectivity and establishing remote access to the BCM network, and also offers instruction for faculty interested in setting up courses in the Blackboard Learning Management System.

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Career Development Center

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The Career Development Center is a centralized service that supports the career and professional development needs of all Baylor College of Medicine students and postdoctoral fellows. The center provides a variety of services including workshops, seminars and individual career advising appointments. Students may utilize career advising services during regularly scheduled walk-in hours on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. or by scheduling an appointment from the website.

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Accreditation

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Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Baylor College of Medicine may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

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Courses and Workshops

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For information email tropmed@bcm.edu.

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Distance Education

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Find information about policies and processes related to distance education.

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Tropical Medicine Teaching Laboratory

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Sessions at the Tropical Medicine Teaching Laboratory, directed by Kathryn Jones, D.V.M., Ph.D., give students at the National School of Tropical Medicine and the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine hands-on parasitology experience.

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Student Spotlight

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Baylor medical student Rebecca Jeun worked in TropMed labs and then got a grant to travel with one of our researchers, Dr. Rojelio Mejia, and help with his project.

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Advice for Young Scientists

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with Dr. Rojelio Mejia

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History of Baylor College of Medicine

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Presentation by Dr. William Butler

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