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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

  • Specific tropical diseases and detailed case studies stressing diagnosis, treatment, and the implementation of preventive control measures
  • Recent advances in diagnostic methodologies
  • Human behavior associated with the transmission of infection and of local perceptions of the disease
  • Laboratory sessions focusing on diagnostic methods for identification of blood, intestinal, and tissue parasites as well as their vectors.

Sessions include practical lab experience in parasitology and diagnosis.

Course of Study

Students should carefully review the certificate program page on the JHU e-catalogue site for full information about courses and program requirements. 

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

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate degree

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must email Certificate Program Contact prior to starting coursework.

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: Summer Institute, 1, 2, 3, 4, & Winter Institute.

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree student

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All non-degree applicants should review the general Certificates Admissions page for instructions on how to apply to a certificate program and application deadlines. 

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: Summer Institutes, and Winter Institute.

TOEFL/IELTS: Not required.

Prerequisites or special requirements: None

Requirements for Successful Completion

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 form has been submitted, verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar. 

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