National School of Tropical Medicine

Seminar in Tropical Medicine

Fall 2015: One Health

Thursdays from Oct. 12 - Dec. 3, 2015

Neglected tropical diseases disproportionately afflict the “the bottom billion,” the world’s poorest people, and contribute to keeping them and their children living in poverty.

Are you considering a career focused on helping those living in poverty?

Are you a professional who works in areas impacted by these diseases?

Are you searching for ways you can help either as a professional or volunteer?

If you answered yes to any of these, enroll today in the Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine Seminar in Tropical Medicine to find explore what is and what is not known about these diseases.

The seminar gives you the opportunity to learn from leaders in tropical medicine and global healthcare delivery. In seven lectures this spring experts will explore major advances in the field. As a participant in the series you will learn about gaps and constraints for identifying, preventing, treating and managing neglected tropical diseases

The seminar is offered for credit to students at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. The seminar is opened to members of the public with an interest in tropical medicine. 

  • Oct. 15 – Dec. 3: Thursdays, 5:30–7 p.m., Bioscience Research Collaborative, Room TBD, 6500 Main St., Houston, TX 77030
  • Open to all graduate, medical and allied health students (Note: the seminar is also open to the Houston-wide community as a non-credit course)
  • 1 term credit


The Spring 2015 session of the Seminar in Tropical Medicine will consist of seven lectures held on Thursday 5:30-7 p.m. from March 12 to April 23 at the Bioscience Research Collaborative, Room 286, 6500 Main St., Houston, TX 77030.

Week 1: March 12, 2015
Susan Raine, M.D., J.D., L.LM., M.Ed.
Lecture Title: Gender-Based Violence Against Women

Week 2: March 19, 2015
Fernando Stein, M.D.
Lecture Title: History of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness as a Solution for Impoverished Populations in the First, Second and Third World

Week 3: March 26, 2015
Silpa Gadiraju, M.D.
Lecture Title: Health Disparities and Policy Solutions

Week 4: April 2, 2015
Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Lecture Title: The Blue Marble

Week 5: April 9, 2015
Adan Rios, M.D.
Lecture Title: Methodology for Development of a Preventive Inactivated HIV Vaccine

Week 6: April 16, 2015
Kirstin Matthews, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: US Global Health Research Infrastructure

Week 7: April 23, 2015
John Lunstroth, J.D., L.L.M., M.P.H.
Lecture Title: Ethics of Global Health Policy


Twice a year in fall (October – December) and spring (March – April) the seminar is offered to the students of Baylor College of Medicine (GS-TM-466) and Rice University.  The seminar is cross-listed as BIOE 510/GLHT 510 at Rice University; students at Rice can register for the course in the ESTHER system.

The seminar is also open to the public for $25 per lecture. Register for the lecture(s).

Past Seminar Topics

Global Health Policy – In fall 2012 the focus included a variety of global health policy topics such as science and technology policy, health law and policy, health policy and planning for the elimination of health disparities and the reduction of poverty along with a contemporary policy debate.

One Health - In spring 2013 the focus was on the concept and need for expanded collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, researchers, and policy makers to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.

Globalization and the Impact on Houston Health - In fall 2013 the focus was to present a perspective from the viewpoint of collaborative and multiple disciplines working together to attain optimal health for the Houston community and the environment in the city of Houston in light of its ongoing growth and new globalization expansion.  

Tropical Medicine Abroad - In spring 2014 the focus was on tropical medicine abroad particularly in low-resource settings.  The seminar presented major advances, gaps and constraints for identifying, preventing, treating and managing neglected tropical diseases that disproportionately afflict "the bottom billion," the world's poorest people and to discuss innovative and effective solutions to these challenges.

Tropical Medicine Research - In fall 2014 the focus was to give students an understanding of research in topics related to tropical medicine from the initial idea and proposal stage through completion and outcomes/research findings.