National School of Tropical Medicine

Diploma in Tropical Medicine Admissions


The Diploma in Tropical Medicine program courses are designed for physicians, physician assistant or those in training and are therefore limited to:

  • Third- and fourth-year medical students.
  • Physician assistants and students in the physician assistant programs.
  • Healthcare professionals such as registered nurses and nurse practitioners with clinical experience.
  • Those holding an M.D. or D.O. degree including physicians, residents, fellows, and postdoc fellows.
  • Note: Non-clinical students could take module 3 (Tropical Medicine in Practice) and Module 4 ( (Epidemiology, Public Health).

Fees - Domestic and International

  • Learners in the United States: $8,458 (or $1,997 per module plus $470 lab fees)
  • International Learners: $8,974 (or $2,126 per module plus $470 lab fees)

Note: If there are changes in status, job title, or place of employment, the fees charged for the specific modules will be adjusted to reflect new status. For financial assistance visit the scholarship page


Fees - Baylor and TMC-Affiliated


Students at Baylor College of Medicine may take the Diploma in Tropical Medicine course with no additional charges beyond their tuition. Discounts are available for others at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Medical Center affiliated institutions:

  • Baylor College of Medicine students: No charge
  • Baylor House Staff (e.g., residents, fellows): $2,466 (or $499 per module plus $470 lab fees)
  • Baylor physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners: $2,796 (or $581.50 per module plus $470 lab fees)
  • Baylor physicians: $3,666 (or $799 per module plus $470 lab fees)
  • TMC-affiliated learners: $4,464 (or $998.50 per module plus $470 lab fees)

Note: If there are changes in status, job title, or place of employment, the fees charged for the specific modules will be adjusted to reflect new status. For financial assistance, visit the scholarship webpage.


Refund Policy


Each module is charged separately but learners are required to pay for the modules per session. The refund policy applies to each module independently.

  • Withdraws ten business days before classes begin - 100 percent
  • Withdraws on the first day of class - 60 percent
  • Withdraws on the second day of class - 40 percent
  • Withdraws on the third day of class - 20 percent
  • Withdraws after the third day of class - 0 percent

Note: For a one-week course, students will receive a refund of 50 percent only after dropping on the first day of class.




There is no fee for this application. Tuition will be due after acceptance to the Diploma of Tropical Medicine program.

The deadline for the 2024 session is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2023 for domestic applicants and 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2023 for international applicants. The online application and all supporting documentation (e.g. transcripts, letters of recommendation) must be submitted by the due date. 

Online Application (Please use Chrome on a Windows-based PC): Applicants need to complete the online application for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine. The online application may be completed in multiple sessions. The applicants will be asked to provide information related to academic qualifications, research and work experience, honors, awards, scholarships, and publications. In addition, the applicants need to provide (a) a personal statement explaining the reason for pursuing a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and (b) an international experience essay describing relevant prior experience within developing countries or the anticipated relevance of this program if the applicants have no prior international experience.

NOTE: Arrangements for asynchronous lectures for modules 2 and 3 are rarely granted and are only considered on an individual basis and must be approved by the course director at the time of application.

Transcripts (not required for Baylor students): Applicants need to submit official transcripts (official transcripts required from non-physicians; copy of medical diploma and license from physicians). Note: medical license information will be verified.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Baylor School of Medicine and Health Professions students do not need to provide letters of recommendations.
  • Baylor Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students need to provide a letter of support from the school.
  • Baylor employees need to provide two letters of recommendation.
  • Non-Baylor applicants need to provide three letters of recommendation.

English Proficiency Requirement (for foreign applicants): Applicants whose native language is not English are required to score a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the internet-based test (ibt) or 6.5 on IELTS exams taken within the last two years. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for individuals who have received a degree from a U.S. university. For foreign medical graduates, ECFMG certification can be used to fulfill the English proficiency requirement. 

A foreign applicant may request to waive TOEFL requirement if one of the following conditions is met:

  1. The applicant will have attended a school for at least four years where English is the primary language of instruction.
  2. The applicant will have lived for at least four years in a country where English is the primary language.

The course director will make the final determination based on overall work experience, education, and verbal/written communication.

Note: Once admitted, students do not need to reapply again to enroll in a different session.

Applicants will be notified of their admission status by the end of October.

Submit documents to:

Academic Coordinator
National School of Tropical Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza - BCM 113
Houston, TX 77030


Short-Term Housing


There is a wide variety of short term housing options located close to Baylor College of Medicine. Several of these offer shuttle service to campus. View our Living in Houston webpage for details.