Tropical diseases continue to cause enormous morbidity and mortality. Tropical public health challenges present significant barriers to social and economic development, and pose risks to visiting travelers. "Training in Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health" develops competencies relevant both to the practice of medicine in the tropics, expanded areas now experiencing classic tropical threats, and in a U.S. travel clinic.

This intense and comprehensive training course is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who seek to improve their practice of clinical medicine and public health in austere, complex, and tropical environments, as well as for those who travel to them.

Faculty with substantial tropical medicine field experience conduct comprehensive lectures, seminars, laboratories, and case-based learning activities. Graduates of the course receive a certificate in Training in Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health. Federal employees may also receive a formal university credential and graduate credit hours.

This course is recognized by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) as fulfilling the didactic requirements to sit for the Society’s qualifying examination for the Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health (CTropMed®), as well as the Royal College of Physicians, London, examination for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H).



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  • Principles & Practice of Tropical Medicine
  • Medical Parasitology
  • Comprehensive Malariology
  • Travel Medicine
  • Public Health Issues of Disasters in Developing Countries
  • Tropical Medicine Rounds
  • Epidemiology and Control of Arboviruses
  • Tropical Public Health Seminar


Program Highlights

Students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research that spans numerous possibilities: basic science, clinical research, global health, etc. Particular focus areas relevant to military medicine include traumatic brain injury, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, emerging infectious and neglected tropical diseases, combat casualty care, substance abuse, genomics and precision medicine.

Graduate Research

Faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics have years of experience in areas such as force health protection, epidemiologic surveillance using DoD systems, field epidemiology, and an understanding of the unique population that includes Active Duty service members, Guard and Reserve, family members, and retirees, giving students a unique perspective on Preventive Medicine before leaving the classroom.

Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics