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The Master of Science in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPHTM) is a public health degree with a specialty in infectious diseases, and especially those diseases found in tropical regions. The curriculum consists of core public health courses and specialty courses covering the biological, medical, social, and epidemiological aspects of diseases that are more prevalent in tropical countries. A clinical track for health professionals with clinical backgrounds is also available, as well as a combined degree program (MD/MPHTM) through the Tulane University School of Medicine.
The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program with a specialty in tropical medicine provides advanced training in infectious diseases of global public health significance. This program provides a solid foundation in parasitology, vector biology and other infectious diseases of public health significance. The coursework includes core public health courses and specialty courses covering biological, cellular and epidemiological aspects of infectious pathogens and diseases. Research and a thesis are required as part of the degree requirements. Students graduating with the MSPH degree generally seek positions in public health, biomedical sciences, or related fields at academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, health care organizations, or biotechnology / pharmaceutical companies. The MSPH degree is also designed for students for those entering the program with the intention of subsequently pursuing a doctoral or medical degree.
The department offers advanced coursework and basic and applied research in tropical diseases and their control. The department is actively engaged in research on malaria with programs in vaccine development, therapeutic drug evaluation, epidemiology and impact assessment of malaria control and elimination. Vector-borne disease research includes mosquito biology and biochemistry, medical and biochemical entomology of tropical diseases such as Chagas, Dengue fever and West Nile virus disease. Tropical Virology includes Lassa fever and EBOLA research programs that are under development.
The program is designed to provide training in tropical medicine and related public health issues through a multidisciplinary approach. It is also designed to prepare participants for working with current and emerging health problems in developing countries and health problems of travelers. This program focuses broadly on issues of tropical health and on clinical tropical medicine. Toward the program's conclusion, students will have acquired a strong scientific basis for preventing, diagnosis, treating, and controlling tropical health problems.
Tulane's MD/MPH combined degree program offers Tulane School of Medicine students a unique opportunity to build on their patient-based medical education with a population-based public health degree. The combined degree program is designed to be completed in four years, integrating the requirements for the School of Medicine with those from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. For more information on this program please visit the MD/MPH page.
The Department of Tropical Medicine welcomes students to join us as Masters Internationalists. These students complete their MPH course work on campus, but they also gain vital public health experience through two years of service with the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps experience offers a number of personal and professional benefits to public health students, and it also fulfills the practicum requirement of the school. For more information on this program please visit the MI page.
The Combined Degree Program allows outstanding BSPH students to combine their undergraduate studies with a public health professional master's degrees at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Students may combine the BSPH with the MPH, MSPH, or MHA. The combined degree typically takes four semesters (including the summer semester) after completion of the BSPH degree. The combined degree program allows up to 12 graduate level credits to be completed while an undergraduate which saves approximately one semester. For more information on this program please visit the BSPH page.
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