programs and degrees


Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine


Program Director                                                                                                                   

Mark Wiser, PhD


Mission Statement

The mission of the MPH&TM program is to prepare health professionals with clinical backgrounds to deal effectively with the important public health problems of tropical developing world.


Program Description

By combining a core public health curriculum with coursework on the clinical, epidemiological, and control aspects of tropical diseases, this program prepares physicians and health professionals to assess tropical medicine from various perspectives; it also prepares the participants to evaluate and plan disease prevention and control programs.


Program Competencies

Application Requirements 

All applications seeking admission to a Master's or Doctoral program in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine must apply through SOPHAS, a centralized online application for schools of public health across the United States. Before applying, please be sure to read through the SOPHAS FAQ page regarding the application process and timeline. 


Admissions Requirements

  • Applicant must hold the degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or its equivalent from a recognized institution. Combined degree medical students (MD/MPHTM) are also eligible for the program. Applications from other qualified health professionals, such as registered nurses, physician assistants, and veterinarians are also welcome.  
  • Transcripts for all Universities attended.

  • GRE scores. Combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores should be in the upper percentiles. GRE scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS using school code 6809
  • Written evaluation from three references who have had sufficient contact with the applicant to judge his/her personal qualities and ability to work with others or independently.
  • A statement by the applicant describing his/her career plans, with an indication that the stated career goals are consistent with the objectives of the MPHTM program.
  • Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English speaking nations with a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer based test, or 88 on the internet-based test. (Send to SOPHAS)

Please note that the Department of Tropical Medicine may accept MCAT or ECFMG certification in lieu of the GRE; please contact the Program Manager, Kasi Guillot, at for more information.


Degree Requirements

The MPH&TM degree requires 42 credits of course work, plus two additional requirements – the practicum and culminating experience. These program requirements can be completed in 18 months, but some students may take longer, especially if working part-time. Students must complete 5 core courses required by the School. It is possible for MPH&TM students to request a waiver from the 6th school core course, TRMD 6010: Biological Basis of Health and Disease, because of prior medical background required for admission to the program.


Students must complete 200 hours of a practicum experience at a practicum field site. Field placement should be under the supervision of a health professional at the site. This placement is generally with a public health agency, but could include other sites. A student wishing to gain laboratory research experience may do so as an Independent Study. For more details, see the school’s practicum handbook here.

Culminating experience

Students enrolled in the MPH&TM degree program are required to complete a culminating experience. This is graded Pass/Fail and carries no academic credit, but is a requirement for graduation. A student in the MPH&TM program may choose one of the following options for the culminating experience:

A)  Public Health Analysis

B)  Written thesis based on a research project in public health and tropical medicine

For more details, please see the school’s guidelines for culminating experience online here.


Course Requirements - 42 Credits

MPH&TM Degree Program Guide

SPHTM School Wide Core Course Requirements


Department of Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2210, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-3558