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National School of Tropical Medicine announces first educational program

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine offered through the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine will be open to all health care professionals including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, dentists and pharmacists.

The ten-week course will be offered to health care professionals two times a year, with one session lasting from June through August and another from February through April.

Training begins summer 2012

The first students for the degree program will begin training in the summer of 2012.

The diploma consists of five modules that are each two weeks long, and the program then requires three months of international experience through a research project.

"This diploma is unique because it has more didactic courses, but also maximizes on laboratory and hands-on experience," said Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, co-director of medical education for the National School of Tropical Medicine at BCM and assistant professor of medicine – infectious diseases at BCM.

Program modules

Health care professionals who complete the course are able to address and treat neglected tropical diseases – this provides them with an added benefit to their daily practice, according to Woc-Colburn.

The modules for the program include:

  • Parasites
  • Bacteria
  • Tropical bacteria and viruses
  • Clinical and traveler's health
  • Epidemiology, public health and health metrics
  • Nutrition and maternal and child health

Comprehensive training

"We want to provide comprehensive training for these tropical diseases that would augment training for health care providers here and give them the tools that they need to go overseas and work in low and middle income countries to provide treatment," said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at BCM. "We also want to provide training for people from overseas as well – so we welcome health care providers from Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and from South East Asia."

After completing the degree program, students can go on to take the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's certificate exam.

Other programs that will be offered through the school in the future include:

  • Master's of Science in Translational Biotechnology and Vaccine Development
  • Ph.D. in Global Health Technologies and Tropical Medicine