National School of Tropical Medicine

Diploma in Tropical Medicine


Earn Your Diploma in Tropical Medicine


As the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly illustrates, the borders that once held diseases in check have disappeared. Tropical diseases, once confined to certain geographic locals are no longer bound by borders. Professionals are needed in communities around the globe to diagnosis and treat these diseases, which disproportionality impact the bottom billion – the world’s poorest people.

The Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for patients at risk for these diseases.


Curriculum and Schedules


Why Baylor?


Earning your Diploma or Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine offers numerous advantages, including:

Learning from leaders in the field: Our faculty members are at the forefront of developing new vaccines for tropical and emerging diseases that afflict underserved populations around the globe. Their expertise has led to advocacy, through which they are frequently called upon by governments, media, foundations, and others to provide counsel regarding the best strategies for managing outbreaks and epidemics as well as for developing policy to curb the threat and impact of these diseases in communities in the United States and abroad.

Flexibility to advance your career at every stage: Whether you are already a skilled practitioner with experience in the field or a student just starting out, our modular structure with a combination of online and on-campus learning provides the flexibility you need to gain knowledge and skill in tropical medicine while continuing with your work or training program.

Hands-on experience: Graduates of our program consistently cite the laboratory experience as among the most beneficial aspects of our program. Working in state-of-the-art Tropical Medicine teaching laboratory, participants gain hands-on experience in identifying and distinguishing parasites and parasitic eggs in samples; preparing samples for observation; and other skills they will need for working in the field whether in a well-equipped laboratory or in a resource poor setting.

Engaging lectures with faculty invested in your success: Our faculty present complex medical ideas as people with illnesses rather than impersonal disease complexes. This approach keeps lectures engaging facilitating mastery of our highly demanding curriculum. Our graduates report ongoing relationships with faculty long after they complete the course, providing mentorship and guidance to help them reach their career goals.

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine consists of four modules and lab practical. The course is accredited by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. With this accreditation, participants who complete the course are eligible to apply for the ASTMH Certificate of Knowledge Examination (provided additional examination application criteria are met). This examination assesses and recognizes individual excellence in training and knowledge in clinical tropical medicine and travelers' health. Passing this examination leads to the highly regarded CTropMed®-Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health.

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Leaders in Tropical Medicine


Our faculty are international leaders in research, clinical care, public policy and education related to neglected poverty diseases. As Dean, Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., explains in this video, our faculty are reshaping how we view neglected tropical diseases. Read more about NSTM public policy initiatives.




The National School of Tropical Medicine works closely with other Baylor College of Medicine initiatives focused on global health to train healthcare providers to diagnosis and treat tropical diseases. These include the Global Health Pathway and the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative.

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