PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The MTMH program is only available to military physicians whose careers are focused on tropical medicine.

The goal of the MTM&H program is to provide each student with the necessary academic background to practice as a competent public health officer and tropical disease expert in one of the Uniformed Services. The program is designed for medical officers desiring specific preparation for assignment to tropical medicine clinical, research and teaching positions. Graduates of the MTM&H program will acquire quantitative and analytical skills in biostatistics and epidemiology. They will also be able to assess the health needs of international communities and to investigate the impact of biological, environmental, and behavioral factors on community health. Graduates will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the agents of tropical diseases, medical parasitology, and vector biology. During the practicum, students will have the opportunity for hands-on experience in an overseas location with the epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, management, treatment, prevention, surveillance, and control of selected tropical diseases. The MTM&H degree also represents suitable academic preparation for residency training and board certification in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health.

CURRICULUM

The MTM&H degree program consists of a minimum of 60 quarter credit hours. The minimum credit load per quarter required for a full-time student is 12, the maximum allowed is 24, and the typical load is 16-18. The satisfactory completion of an independent project and a overseas field experience is required, and the courses related to these requirements are part of the core curriculum. The independent project is the capstone of the program and should represent the synthesis, integration, and application of core public health concepts and principles to solve or advance our understanding of a public health problem.

CORE COURSES (62 CREDITS)

PMO505 Computer Applications in PH - 1credit

PMO530 Behav & Social Sciences - 4 credits

PMO540 Intro to Env Health - 4 credits

PMO680 Intro to Public Health - 1 credit

PMO503 Biostatistics I - 4 credits

PMO511 Intro to Epidemiology - 4 credits

PMO526 Health Systems - 4 credits

PMO504 Biostatistics II - 4 credits

PMO674 MPH Independent Project - 3 credits

PMO512 Epidemiologic Methods - 4 credits

PMO514 Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases - 3 credits

PMO560 Principles and Practice of Tropical Medicine - 6 credits

PMO561 Medical Parasitology - 3 credits

PMO564A Epidemiology and Control of Arboviruses - 2 credits

PMO565  Vector Biology - 2 credits

PMO569 Malaria Epidemiology and Control - 3 credits

PMO613  Public Health Issues of Disasters - 4 credits

PMO614  Tropical Medicine Rounds - 2 credits

PMO661  Current Topics in Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics - 1 credit

PMO990 Travel Medicine - 2 credits

ELECTIVE COURSES

(Includes all elective courses including courses from areas of concentration)

PMO642 Clin Prev Services & Selected Topics in Occupational Health - 3 credits

PMO558 Fund Clin Occ Env/Prev Med - 3 credits

PMO610 General Entomology - 2 credits

PMO528 Global Health I - 3 credits

PMO541 Advanced Environmental Health - 3  credits

PMO548 Joint Ops & Humanit Assist - 3 credits

PMO549 Principles of Toxicology - 4 credits

PMO555 Industrial Ventilation - 3 credits

PMO567 Chg Patt Arthropod-borne Dis - 4 credits

PMO577 Intro to GIS Methods in PH - 2 credits

PMO584 Intro to Health Physics - 3 credits

PMO601 Env Health Risk Assess - 2 credits

PMO611 Classic Studies in Epi - 2 credits

PMO615 Sand Flies & Disease - 3 credits

PMO652 Occupational Ergonomics - 2 credits

PMO683 Critical Reading Seminar - 2 credits

PMO684 Clinical Reading Seminar - 1 credits

PMO688 Info Gathering in Clin Med - 2 to 12 credits

PMO701 Advanced Biometrics Tutorial - 1 to 12 credits

PMO841 Aerospace Oper Physiology I - 3 credits

PMO971 Doctoral Student J Club - 1 credits

PMO973  GPM & OEM J Club - 1 credits

PMO502 Intro to SAS - 1 credits

PMO512 Epidemiologic Methods - 4 credits

PMO523 Fund of US Health Policy - 3 credits

PMO524 Healthcare Perform Improv - 2 credits

PMO531 Program Planning and Development - 3 credits

PMO534 Med Anthropology - 3 credits

PMO535 The Law of Healthcare - 2 credits

PMO539 Global Health II - 3 credits

PMO550 Industrial Hygiene I & Lab - 4 credits

PMO566 Phys Params of Vector Compt - 4 credits

PMO571 Biosystematics in Med Zoo - 2 credits

PMO578 Remote Sensing Meth in PH - 3 credits

PMO594 Intro to Med Informatics - 3 credits

PMO598 Health Economics - 3 credits

PMO600 Fund of Human Physiology - 2 credits

PMO602 Air Pollution and Waste Management - 3 credits

PMO605 Anal Instr Meth in Env Health - 3 credits

PMO631 OEHS Journal Club - 1 credit

PMO634 Public Health Surveillance - 1 credit

PMO651 Human Factors Engineering - 3 credits

PMO655 Current Issues in Safety & Injury Prevention - 1 credit

PMO683 Critical Reading Seminar - 2 credits

PMO684 Clinical Research Seminar - 1 credit

PMO701 Advanced Biometrics Tutorial - 1 to 12 credits

PMO971 Doctoral Student J Club - 1 credit

PMO972 Seminar in Critical Thinking - 2 credit

PMO973 GPM & OEM J Club - 1 credit

PMO992 Travel Clinic Practicum - 1 credit

PMO1003 Survey Design - 3 credits

PMO1009 Domestic Disaster Management & Response - 3 credits

PMO1013 Molecuar Parasitology - 3 credits

PMO508 Biostatistics III - 5 credits

PMO515  Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control - 2 credits

PMO519 Occupational & Env Epi - 3 credits

PMO520 Molecular Epidemiology - 2 credits

PMO522 Meta-Analysis - 1 credit

PMO529 Health Care Financial Management - 2 credits

PMO532  Quality Assessment and Improvement in Health Care - 2 credits

PMO533 Decision Making in Health Services - 2 credits

PMO537 Clinical Decision Making - 1 credit

PMO542 Clinical Occ & Env Medicine - 3 credits

PMO552 Industrial Hygiene II - 4 credits

PMO564B Lab Tech in Arbovirology - 4 credits

PMO582 Radiation Biology - 3 credits

PMO595 Intro Complex Survey Anal - 2 credits

PMO599 Introduction to Health Risk Communication - 2 credits

PMO604 Hydrology, Water Treatment & Wastewater Treatment - 3 credits

PMO607 Environmental Chemistry - 4 credits

PMO683 Critical Reading Seminar - 2 credits

PMO684 Clinical Research Seminar - 1 credit

PMO810 Integrated Pest/Vector Mgm - 2 credits

PMO845 Human Factors in Aviation - 3 credits

PMO848 Special Topics in Aerospace Medicine - 3 credits

PMO971 Doctoral Student J Club - 1 credit

PMO973 GPM & OEM J Club - 1 credit

PMO991 Ethics in Public Health - 3 credits

PMO992 Travel Clinic Practicum - 1 credit

PMO996 Clinical Trial Design & Anal - 2 credits

PMO997 Field Epidemiology - 2 credits

PMO553 Industrial Hygiene Field Stud -  credit

PMO568 Medical Acarology - 4 credits

PMO570 Mod Tech & Vector-borne Dis - 4 credits

PMO572 Intro Med Malacology - 3 credits

PMO573 Epi & Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases - 1 credit

PMO592 Healthcare Tech Assessment - 2 credits

PMO992 Travel Clinic Practicum - 1 credit

PMO1014 Monit & Eval Global Health - 2 credits

INDEPENDENT PROJECT (6 CREDITS)

PMO671 Introduction to the MPH Project and Practicum - 1 credits

PMO672 MPH Project/Practicum Design and Development - 1 credits

PMO673 MPH Project/Practicum Implementation and Evaluation - 1 credits

PMO674 MPH Independent Project - 3 credits

The independent project represents a "culminating experience" and should demonstrate a student's ability to synthesize, integrate, and apply the knowledge and skills acquired through course work in the core disciplines of public health. For example, a student will identify a public health problem or issue; formulate a focused research question; conduct a systematic review of the scientific literature; develop a research protocol using the appropriate study design; obtain the necessary institutional assurances and approvals; collect data; select and apply appropriate analytic techniques; and interpret and communicate study findings, including public health significance or policy implications. Students are encouraged to expand their horizons and stretch their capabilities at every opportunity. The submission of a manuscript for publication is encouraged.

Students receive guidance on the design, development, and implementation of their MPH independent project throughout the year in three consecutive seminar courses, collectively known as the “PIP” series. Each course is one credit (pass/fail) for a total of three credits, and all three courses are required for MPH/MTM&H students.

Students are also required to register for PMO674 MPH Independent Project in the Summer Session just prior to graduation. This course provides a means for students to receive a letter grade and three credit hours for the final products of the required independent project. Students whose efforts on their independent projects exceed the standard three credit hours for PMO674, plus the cumulative three credits for the PIP series, may enroll in either a tutorial, independent study, or directed reading/research course(s) for a variable number of credits during any academic quarter.

TEACHING ASSISTANT ASSIGNMENTS (6 CREDITS)

PMO992 Travel Clinic Practicum 1

PMO563 Tropical Medicine Practicum 3

To fulfill the practicum requirement, students will undertake a 4-8 week supervised overseas experience at one of the Department of Defense overseas medical research laboratories or other training site in low or middle income countries. This experience takes place as part of the USU Tropical Medicine Training Program (TMTP), and as such will focus on clinical tropical medicine, disease surveillance, and/or medical research in tropical medicine or travelers health. One intent of the practicum is to provide requisite time working in a developing country to support the ASTM&H requirement for CTropMed candidates.

ADMISSION

The MTM&H program is restricted to physicians with a medical degree from an accredited institution and at least one year of post-doctoral clinical training. The sponsoring Service or agency will be responsible for funding the travel and per diem for overseas travel completed as part of the MTM&H practicum and for verifying the applicant's professional credentials and unrestricted privilege to practice medicine. Some funds may be available from USU for members of the Uniformed Services through a grant from the USU Tropical Medicine Training Program (TMTP). Civilians and Foreign Military (MASL students not part of a USU residency program) accepted as MTM&H students are not eligible for stipends and are personally responsible for travel and living expenses for the overseas experience.

*International Students will be considered if they have earned a baccalaureate degree from a United States College/University.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • A personal statement describing how the applicant became interested in public health and how they envision incorporating the training they would receive in their future careers
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic, professional, and/or military service background.
  • Active-duty Uniformed Services personnel must obtain the sponsorship of their parent organization and should mention in their packet of where they stand in the process of obtaining sponsorship

Additional Application Requirements

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Deadline for full consideration of applications is January 1st for matriculation the following August.

If active duty service members require a letter of competitiveness or early consideration for admission before that date, they should notify the University’s Graduate Education office. Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, especially as they concern the needs of the Uniformed Services.

FINANCIALS

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition: $0

Fees: $0

Equipment: $0

Tuition and fees are waived for all students.

SERVICE OBLIGATION

Civilian students do not incur service obligation to the United States government after the completion of their graduate studies.

Active-duty Uniformed Services personnel may incur an obligation for additional service in accordance with the applicable regulations governing sponsored graduate education.