Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
Interim Program Director
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.
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.
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.
- 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, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Transcripts for all Universities attended.
- 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)
For more information, please visit the SPHTM Admissions page.
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.
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