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Certificate Programs

Tropical Medicine


Sponsoring department

International Health
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Educational Objectives
This five-week summer 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. The curriculum will consist of

Sessions include practical lab experience in parasitology and diagnosis.

Intended Audience
Johns Hopkins Medical Institution students and staff; health professionals; other individuals with an interest in tropical medicine.

Admissions Criteria
Graduate degree in a health or science; or bachelors degree with significant experience in a health profession.

Course of Study
This 5-week institute offered in the summer consists of 5 one-week-long modules that may be completed over a period of three years.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
223.684Vector Borne Diseases in the Tropics4-SI
223.685 HIV, TB and other Chronic Infections4-SI
223.686Child and Public Health in the Tropics4-SI,W
223.688 Intestinal Infections in the Tropics4-SI
223.667Chronic Disease in Low- and Middle-Income Countries4-SI

SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute

W = Course offered in the Winter Institute

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Robert Gilman
Phone 410-614-3639

Administrative Contact
 Lisa Nance
Phone 410-614-3639


Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NameTropical Medicine1
CIP Code 
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
Occupations and SOC Codes19-1020/40  Biological Scientistis
 19-1040  Medical Scientists
View O*Net occupational profiles19-2040  Environmental Scientists  Health Care Practitioners
Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required20 term credits
Weeks232 (please read footnote)
Program Costs3 
Tuition and FeesThe tuition and fees paid by full-time Johns Hopkins University degree students cover the tuition cost of the certificate program. Tuition is $954 per term credit for part-time degree students ($19,080 for 20 term credits) plus a one-time application fee of $45 (Academic Year 2013-2014).
Books and Supplies$400 (estimated)
On-time Completion Rate40 students earned the certificate in academic year 2012-2013
Job Placement Rate5Not required
Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion (AY 2013 -2014)
Title IV Debt$0.00
Private Educational Loan Debt$0.00
Institutional Financing Debt$0.00
  1. The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doctoral students (including physicians completing residency or fellowship programs) who are interested in adolescent health.
  2. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms.  The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term.  Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval.  Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.