programs and degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Tropical Medicine

Program Director

Dawn Wesson, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

This program is to provide an advanced doctoral-level academic degree and foundation in research methods and research training in tropical medicine.

Program Description

This program is designed for individuals interested in careers in basic and applied research in tropical medicine. The program prepares students for academic and other career tracks in public health related to tropical medicine.


Ph.D. Application Deadline

Doctoral students begin the program in the fall semester. Tulane SPHTM does not have an application deadline and maintains a rolling admissions policy for doctoral programs. Early submissions are encouraged to ensure timely processing by SOPHAS and for consideration by the Dean’s Research Council (DRC) for DRC scholarships. There is no separate application for DRC consideration; all applications are considered for both DRC scholarships and departmental funding. The committees begins meeting in early January, which benefits early applications.

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. For more application information, please visit the SPHTM Admissions page.

Admissions Requirements

  •  Transcripts from 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
  • Personal statement
  • Students must submit GRE test scores with combined verbal and quantitative scores in the upper percentiles. Scores can be used for up to five years from the date of the test. Please refer to individual department requirements, as well. (GRE scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS using school code 6809.)
  • 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)

Ph.D. Model Course Schedule

Program Competencies


Ph.D. Degree Requirements

  • Residency for one year or longer
  • Completion of ≥ 72 didactic credit hours (inclusive of credit transferred into the program)
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Written Examination
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Oral Examination
  • Approval of the Dissertation Prospectus
  • Approval by the candidate's Doctoral Studies Committee of the PhD Dissertation for the award of the PhD degree


Department of Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-3558