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Division of Tropical Public Health (TPH)

The Division of Tropical Public Health (TPH) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB) at the Uniformed Services University (USU) provides a critical component of the University’s military-unique curriculum.  Through a variety of collaborations, our division and its faculty are engaged in military-related education, research, and training throughout the world.  We do this by providing educational and research opportunities for students in tropical medicine, deployment medicine, and global health.  We offer graduate programs leading to a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Zoology, a Master's of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (MTM&H), a Master's of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Medical Zoology, and a Tropical Public Health concentration within the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program.  The Division of TPH also supports PhD students in collaboration with the Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) program.  We teach 25 courses and support an average of 10 Masters students and 5 Doctoral students in our degree programs annually, as well as supporting students within other graduate programs.  Graduate Education Program

The Division of TPH offers a 12-week course every spring that leads to a Certificate in Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health which has been completed by over 120 students since its inception.  This is one of only 17 programs in the U.S. approved by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) to provide a Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine and Traveler’s Health, and its graduates are eligible to take the ASTMH certification examination in tropical medicine and traveler’s health (CTropMed®).  The division also serves as the host for the annual four-week course Military Tropical Medicine (MTM) course every July provided by the Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education Command (NMMPTEC).  Tropical Medicine Training Program

The Division also supports graduate and undergraduate medical education through the USU-funded OCONUS Tropical Medicine Training Program (TMTP).  The TMTP allows 20-30 trainees annually to participate in overseas rotations in tropical medicine.  During these rotations, trainees may engage in clinical activities, surveillance, process improvement, or research at overseas sites in the areas of entomology, parasitology, and tropical medicine.  While many of these trainees rotate at DoD-affiliated research labs in Thailand, Peru and Kenya, we also offer rotations at civilian sites in collaboration with other universities and other U.S. Government institutions.  As part of this program, fourth-year medical students are eligible for USU-funded Capstone experiences in tropical medicine and global health.  Capstone experiences include at least two rotations, including: 1) a 4-week preparatory rotation in clinical tropical medicine, surveillance, research, or global health practice; and 2) a 4-week overseas experience in tropical medicine and global health.  Medical Education Program

The Division of TPH supports over 20 hours of undergraduate medical school teaching in parasitology, epidemiology and preventive medicine.  We co-sponsor the Global Health Interest Group for undergraduate and graduate students to find out more about and become engaged in Tropical Medicine and Global Health.  TPH also houses the geographic information systems (GIS) laboratory for the University.  This resource has allowed training in GIS to students, faculty, and military research labs around the world.  The GIS lab has been critical to allow PMB to propose and receive numerous research grants over the last 17 years from NASA, NOAA, NIH, and CDC.  Labs and Resources

PMB Contact

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799