Earn Your Diploma in Tropical Medicine

Tropical medicine is a burgeoning area of healthcare, not just in developing countries, but right here in the United States as well. As the world shrinks with increased immigration and travel the borders that once held diseases in check are disappearing. The burden of tropical disease on the bottom billion – the world’s poorest people – is no longer confined to certain geographic locals.

The Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine will give you the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat these diseases as well as the confidence to care for patients at risk for these diseases in communities around the globe.

Why Baylor?

Earning your Diploma or Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine offers numerous advantages, including:

Learning from leaders in the field: Our faculty members are at the forefront of developing new vaccines for tropical and emerging diseases that afflict underserved populations around the globe. Their expertise has led to advocacy, through which they are frequently called upon by governments, media, foundations, and others to provide counsel regarding the best strategies for managing outbreaks and epidemics as well as for developing policy to curb the threat and impact of these diseases in communities in the United States and abroad. 

Flexibility to advance your career at every stage: Whether you are already a skilled practitioner with experience in the field or a student just starting out, our modular structure with a combination of online and on-campus learning provides the flexibility you need to gain knowledge and skill in tropical medicine while continuing with your work or training program.

Hands-on experience: Graduates of our program consistently cite the laboratory experience as among the most beneficial aspects of our program. Working in state-of-the-art Tropical Medicine teaching laboratory, participants gain hands-on experience in identifying and distinguishing parasites and parasitic eggs in samples; preparing samples for observation; and other skills they will need for working in the field whether in a well-equipped laboratory or in a resource poor setting.

Engaging lectures with faculty invested in your success: Our faculty present complex medical ideas as people with illnesses rather than impersonal disease complexes. This approach keeps lectures engaging facilitating mastery of our highly demanding curriculum.  Our graduates report ongoing relationships with faculty long after they complete the course, providing mentorship and guidance to help them reach their career goals.

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine consists of four modules. The course is accredited by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. With this accreditation, participants who complete the course are eligible to apply for the ASTMH Certificate of Knowledge Examination (provided additional examination application criteria are met). This examination assesses and recognizes individual excellence in training and knowledge in clinical tropical medicine and travelers' health. Passing this examination leads to the highly regarded CTropMed®-Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health.