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).



  • 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



At the end of this program of instruction, learners should be able to:

  • Recognize common clinical syndromes in patients living in or traveling to developing countries and develop cost-effective, sound diagnostic and treatment approaches using either local resources or, as appropriate, the United States healthcare system
  • Explain the epidemiological, immunological, and pathophysiological bases of disease processes common in the tropics
  • Describe a practical and comprehensive prevention and control program for common tropical public health problems
  • Increase competence and self-efficacy in the delivery of travel medicine services in accordance with professional standards
  • Identify and analyze emerging disease outbreaks using epidemiological principles and investigative procedures
  • Prepare specimens and identify parasites common in the tropics
  • Construct medical practice in context
    • Describe the biology of vectors of common vector transmitted diseases in the tropics
    • Characterize health systems in the tropics incorporating local health operations, foreign governments, and NGOs
    • Discuss impacts on health by local culture, religion, family structure, and alternative medical customs


Mix of classroom, laboratory and tabletop exercises focusing both on disease etiology and clinical syndromes. Topics covered include prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and control of diseases; impact of nutrition on disease status; and local medical customs and healthcare system structure and function in the developing world. Multiple comprehensive written examinations and writing assignments during the course assess academic progress, as well as prepare the student for the professional society qualifying examinations such as the CTropmed Examination.


The course is held at USU main campus from February to May annually. Course activities occur in state-of-the-art educational facilities at Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


U.S. government employees have priority. Non-government applicants are welcome and approved on a space available basis.


DoD personnel and U.S. Public Health Service officers: $0

Participants sponsored by other U.S. government agencies: $1,500

All other participants: $5,000

Fees are due no later than 4 weeks prior to course start.

Requests for refunds must be made at least 1 week prior to course start.


To apply, email the following to kyle.petersen@usuhs.edu:

  • full contact information (name, email, phone, mailing address)
  • curriculum vitae
  • brief statement of interest

Foreign military students must apply through the Military Articles & Services List (MASL).




(301) 295-9471 or kyle.petersen@usuhs.edu