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Diploma in Tropical Medicine

Diploma in Tropical Medicine

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine is an eight-week program (non-degree course) consisting of four two-week modules; all four modules are offered every Spring Session (January and February); modules 3 and 4 are offered every Summer Session (July).

The diploma program is aimed towards healthcare professionals (e.g. M.D.s, P.A.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.

Completion of this program will prepare healthcare professionals to sit for the 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 two years from the completion of the initial module. The program is held Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


  • Module 1: Epidemiology, Public Health and Health Systems (online starting July 2014; 8-week long)
  • Module 2: Virology, Vaccines, and Bacteria I (online starting November 2014; 8-week long)
  • Module 3: HIV, Mycology, Parasitology, and Bacteria II (first two weeks each February and July)
  • Module 4: Clinical Syndrome and Travelers’ Health; Nutrition, MTC Health, and Other Specialties (second two weeks each February and July) 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.