National School of Tropical Medicine

Diploma in Tropical Medicine Schedule


Modules do not need to be taken in order. However, module two must be successfully completed before taking module three and modules 1 and 2 must be successfully completed before taking the lab practical. To obtain the diploma, all four modules and the lab practical must be completed within 36 months. After the completion of the diploma course, students are eligible to apply for the ASTMH Certificate of Knowledge Examination (provided additional examination application criteria are met).

2023 Diploma in Tropical Medicine Course

Note: Starting in 2023, the modules are renamed and renumbered. For returning students, please make sure you attend the correct modules to complete the diploma course. Please contact academic coordinator Nathan Harrington at if you have any questions.

Module 1: Tropical Bacteriology and Virology (online asynchronous class)
(formerly Module 2: Tropical Bacteriology and Virology)
Jan. 3 -27, 2023

Module 2: Tropical Parasitology and Mycology (in-person, synchronous lectures; alternative asynchronous recorded lectures may be permitted by written request)
(formerly Module 3: Tropical Parasitology and Mycology)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 10, 2023

Module 3: Tropical Medicine in Practice (in-person, synchronous lectures; alternative asynchronous recorded lectures may be permitted by written request)
(formerly Module 4: Application of Travel and Tropical Medicine)
Feb. 13 - 17, 2023

Laboratory Practical (in-person, hands-on laboratory; alternative home institution, in-person, hands-on, laboratory may be permitted by written request)
Feb. 20 - 24, 2023 (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., lunch from noon to 1 p.m.)

Module 4: Epidemiology, Public Health in online format (online asynchronous class)
(formerly Module 2: Epidemiology, Public Health)
Feb. 27 - March 24, 2023

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine course is an intensive program. Modules 1 and 4 are four weeks long and asynchronous, thus may be possible to do while working full time or on clinical service. In contrast, Modules 2 and 3 are shorter, synchronous, and fast-paced, thus we recommend not attempting to do them at the same time as a clinical rotation or a full-time job. Quizzes and assignments are due on a weekly basis; students should have dedicated time to study the course material for all modules in order to be successful.

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