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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

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.

Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published.  The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.

  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.