National School of Tropical Medicine

Diploma in Tropical Medicine Curriculum


The Diploma in Tropical Medicine is an intensive non-degree program consisting of four modules. Completion of this program will prepare health care professionals to sit for the CTropMed®--Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health. To earn the diploma all four modules must be successfully completed within 36 months.

Note: The program does not involve patient contact.



  • Module 1*: (TDTPM 101: Epidemiology, Public Health) in webinar format
  • Module 2: (TDTPM 102: Tropical Bacteriology and Virology) in webinar format
  • Module 3: (TDTPM 103: Tropical Parasitology and Mycology) in webinar format
  • Module 4: (TDTPM 104: Application of Travel and Tropical Medicine) in webinar format

Note: Due to COVID-19 face-to-face format (Modules 3-4) have been transitioned to online webinar format for the 2022 session.


*A student may be exempt from taking Module 1 if the student can present a valid diploma for MPH from an accredited US or foreign university. If no diploma is available, a letter from the accredited university registrar must be sent to the School directly confirming degree.

The order in which you take the modules is flexible to allow you to align your study with your other obligations. However, module three must be taken before module four. All modules are offered once a year and you have three years in which to complete all modules. View schedule of upcoming offerings.

NOTE: For current Baylor degree-seeking students who complete all four modules, their transcripts will show the completion of the Diploma but no specific modules will be displayed on the transcripts. If students complete one, two, or three courses, no specific courses will be shown on the transcripts. All students (degree-seeking and non-degree seeking) will receive a certificate of completion after the successful completion of each module and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine upon the successful completion of all four modules from the National School of Tropical Medicine.


Curriculum Objectives


Upon completion of the Diploma in Tropical Medicine course, you will be able to:

  • Perform basic diagnostic procedures and identify the organisms that cause illness.
  • Describe critical basic concepts of epidemiology, biostatistics, ethics, health economics and policy and other public health topics as they relate to global health, and apply the type of statistics to analyze data.
  • Recognize and describe treatment of diseases (e.g., HTLV-1, yellow fever, Lyme disease, diphtheria, etc.), describe the vector biology involved in the transmission of certain pathogens and the public health methods of controlling or preventing these diseases.
  • Recognize and describe treatment of diseases (e.g., rickettsiae, ehrlichiosis, anaplasma, leptospirosis, etc.), describe the vector biology involved in the transmission of certain pathogens and the public health methods of controlling or preventing these diseases.
  • Describe the principles and management of childhood illness, reproductive healthcare, and current approaches to address health needs of women and children, apply diverse clinical sub-specialties focus on the tropics, and discuss the differential diagnosis for returning travelers with fever and/or eosinophilia.
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