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Tropical Medicine

Educational Objectives

This certificate 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 University graduate students and staff; health professionals; other individuals with an interest in tropical medicine. JHSPH MAS students are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. 

Admissions Process

Applicants must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines and information about the application process, including links to the declaration of intent forms that current JHSPH students must complete. The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions may earn the certificate.

Requirements for Successful Completion

A minimum of 18 credits is required for completion. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C is required in all certificate coursework and students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework. 

The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years. 

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements.The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar. 

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered. The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required. 

Requirements for Successful Completion

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Students should complete 18 credits from the coursework listed below:
182.626Issues for Water and Sanitation in Tropical Environmental Health2-3
223.660Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 4-W
223.667Chronic Disease in Low and Middle Income Countries4-SI
223.682Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Tropical Diseases424
223.684Vector Borne Diseases in the Tropics4-SI
223.685HIV, TB and other Chronic Infections4-SI
223.686Child and Public Health in the Tropics4-SI,W
223.688Intestinal Infections in the Tropics4-SI
224.691Qualitative Data Analysis3-4
260.623Fundamental Virology4-1
260.631Immunology, Infection and Disease3-2
260.635Biology of Parasitism 5-2
260.650Vector Biology and Vector-Borne Diseases 3-3
340.693Investigation of Outbreaks2-SI

SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute

W = Course offered in the Winter Institute

Contact Information

Sponsoring Departments
International Health

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Certificate Program Contact
Gail O'Connor

Gainful Employment Program Information

At this time non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for federal aid. You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions