MASTER OF Public Health & Tropical Medicine


The MTMH program is only available to military physicians whose careers are focused on tropical medicine.

The goal of the MTM&H program is to provide each student with the necessary academic background to practice as a competent public health officer and tropical disease expert in one of the Uniformed Services. The program is designed for medical officers desiring specific preparation for assignment to tropical medicine clinical, research and teaching positions. Graduates of the MTM&H program will acquire quantitative and analytical skills in biostatistics and epidemiology. They will also be able to assess the health needs of international communities and to investigate the impact of biological, environmental, and behavioral factors on community health. Graduates will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the agents of tropical diseases, medical parasitology, and vector biology. During the practicum, students will have the opportunity for hands-on experience in an overseas location with the epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, management, treatment, prevention, surveillance, and control of selected tropical diseases. The MTM&H degree also represents suitable academic preparation for residency training and board certification in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health.


Master of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, MTM&H Curriculum


The MTM&H program is restricted to physicians with a medical degree from an accredited institution and at least one year of post-doctoral clinical training. The sponsoring Service or agency will be responsible for funding the travel and per diem for overseas travel completed as part of the MTM&H practicum and for verifying the applicant's professional credentials and unrestricted privilege to practice medicine. Some funds may be available from USU for members of the Uniformed Services through a grant from the USU Tropical Medicine Training Program (TMTP). Civilians and Foreign Military (MASL students not part of a USU residency program) accepted as MTM&H students are not eligible for stipends and are personally responsible for travel and living expenses for the overseas experience.


  • A personal statement describing how the applicant became interested in public health and how they envision incorporating the training they would receive in their future careers
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic, professional, and/or military service background.
  • Active-duty Uniformed Services personnel must obtain the sponsorship of their parent organization and should mention in their packet of where they stand in the process of obtaining sponsorship



Deadline for full consideration of applications is January 1st for matriculation the following August.

If active duty service members require a letter of competitiveness or early consideration for admission before that date, they should notify the University’s Graduate Education office. Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, especially as they concern the needs of the Uniformed Services.



Tuition: $0

Fees: $0

Equipment: $0

Tuition and fees are waived for all students.


Civilian students do not incur service obligation to the United States government after the completion of their graduate studies.

Active-duty Uniformed Services personnel may incur an obligation for additional service in accordance with the applicable regulations governing sponsored graduate education.