Want to help solve global public health problems?

Find out if Tropical Medicine is the career for you!

Apply to the Tropical Medicine Summer Institute at the Naitonal School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Applications will be available Spring 2015.

Tropical Medicine Summer Institute

The National School of Tropical Medicine (NSTM) at Baylor College of Medicine is the first school in the United States solely committed to addressing the world’s most pressing tropical disease issues. Our school aspires to unify tropical and infectious disease activities across the Texas Medical Center and establish links and collaborations across the state of Texas, the United States and internationally through interdisciplinary efforts to enhance the education, translational research & development, policy, and advocacy and alleviate these global health burdens.

This intensive two-week course, held on Baylor College of Medicine campus in Houston and at the heart of the Texas Medical Center will introduce you to the field of tropical medicine through explorations of global health, epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, parasitic disease and neglected tropical diseases.

Over the two weeks you will participate in seminars with leading experts in these fields and visit facilities conducting cutting-edge research in the field.

Whether you are considering a career in medicine, research, public health or you are undecided, this two-week course will give you the experiences and information you need to make the right decision.


The faculty of NSTM, Baylor College of Medicine faculty and affiliated institutions within the Texas Medical Center possess a wealth of knowledge and experience. The Tropical Medicine Summer Institute has been structured to give you a broad overview of the field, touching on all the crucial topics including:

  • Infectious Diseases
    • Diarrheal diseases
    • Water and food borne diseases
    • Airborne Diseases (TB, Influenza, SARS)
    • Blood Borne and STDs (Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, HPV)
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Nutritional Diseases
  • Cancer and Tropical Infections
  • Immunity and Vaccines
  • Public/Environmental Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Entomology
    • Global Health Policy
    • Community Health Promotion
    • Waste Management

Research/Field Experience Presentations

Throughout the Institute you will have the opportunity to hear individuals actively involved in research on tropical diseases around the world present their findings and discuss their experiences in the field. Topics to be covered in these presentations may include:

  • Research Findings in Neurocysticercosis: Investigating the Link to Epilepsy
  • Discovering West Nile Virus and Dengue in Houston through Epidemiology
  • Implementation of a New Pediatric HIV Program in Romania
  • The Management of Chagas Clinical Treatment Programs in Mesoamerica
  • The Vaccine Development Continuum: Transitioning Discoveries into Successful Vaccine Development Programs Against Tropical Diseases

Parasitology Laboratory

Beyond the classroom, you will gain experience and develop skills in the laboratory. You will learn the techniques necessary to identify vectors of parasitic disease  gain the skills required to conduct laboratory work in resource-limited settings.

Field Trips

Because NSTM is located within the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, you have access to a wealth of resources. During the two-week course we will visit the Harris County Public Health Mosquito Identification Facility and  the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

Application Process

Tuition for the Introduction to Tropical Medicine Summer Institute is $1,938.75.
This does not include living expenses.

Criteria for acceptance:  Class standing, GPA, essay responses, demonstrated interest in global health and tropical medicine. You may be asked to provide a reference.

National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

The National School of Tropical Medicine (NSTM) at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is the first school in the United States solely committed to addressing the world's most pressing tropical disease issues.  The mission of the NSTM is to train a new generation of health scientists, develop new technologies (e.g., vaccines, drugs and diagnostics) to treat and prevent Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and shape global public policies to effectively deliver new and appropriate technologies for tropical diseases affecting the poorest people around the world. 

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