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 public health practitioners to plan and evaluate disease control and prevention programs, physicians to better treat and evaluate tropical diseases, or students to pursue medical school and other medical professions.


Program Description

The Master of Science in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPHTM) degree is a public health degree with a specialty in infectious diseases, and especially those diseases found in tropical regions and resource poor settings. The curriculum consists of core public health courses and specialty courses covering the biological, medical, social, and epidemiological aspects of diseases that are more prevalent in tropical countries. A clinical track for health professionals with clinical backgrounds is also available, as well as a combined degree program (MD/MPHTM) through the Tulane University School of Medicine. The program prepares public health practitioners to plan and evaluate disease control and prevention programs, physicians to better treat and evaluate tropical diseases. or students to pursue medical school and other medical professions.


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

Two MPH&TM programs are available,


  • (1)  This program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. A major in the biomedical sciences or public health is preferred, but not required.
  •  (2) The MPH&TM clinical track requires the degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine, or their equivalents from recognized institutions. Applications from other qualified health professionals, such as registered nurses, and physician assistants are also welcome and considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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, a practicum, and a culminating experience. Included in the course requirements are the SPHTM school-wide public health core courses. Many students with a strong biomedical background or medical degrees are able to waive TRMD 6010 (Biological Basis of Disease). Generally students take 16-24 months to complete the program.


Students must complete a minimum of 200 hours of a practicum experience. Students can participate in a wide range of activities, such as providing health care, implementing disease control strategies, or research, to satisfy the practicum requirement. Field placements may be with health agencies, clinical or research laboratories, or individual health professionals working on a project related to public health in the United States or abroad. Ideally the practicum experience should be relevant to infectious diseases. For more details, see the school’s practicum handbook here.

Culminating experience

Students enrolled in the MPH&TM degree program are required to write a public health analysis as the culminating experience. This is graded Pass/Fail and carries no academic credit, but is a requirement for graduation. 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