The Diploma in Tropical Medicine is a non-degree course aimed towards healthcare professionals (e.g., M.D.s, P.A.s, N.P.s) and 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.

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.

The program can be individualized by taking fewer than four modules per session. However, to earn the diploma all four modules must be successfully completed within three years from the completion of the initial module. 



  • Module 1: (TDTPM 101: Epidemiology, Public Health and Health Systems) in webinar format
  • Module 2: (TDTPM 102: Tropical Bacteriology re/ emerging diseases) in webinar format
  • Module 3: (TDTPM 103: Neglected Tropical Diseases: Parasitology)
  • Module 4: (TDTPM 104: Clinical Applications of Tropical Medicine Abroad) Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Module 3


The National School of Tropical Medicine works closely with other Baylor College of Medicine initiatives focused on global health to train healthcare providers to diagnosis and treat tropical diseases. These include the Global Health Track and the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative.