Clinical Training Course

In Tropical Medicine And Travelers’ Health

Global health Program members 2010
( 2014 Global Health Program )

Online Course Information

Module Calendars

Sponsored by:

The WVU School Of Medicine Office Of Continuing Medical Education
The Global Health Program and the Department Of Microbiology

Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Of West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia

Contact Us

For more information on the course, contact Nancy Sanders at (304) 293-5916, fax (304) 293-2209, or e-mail


Course Coordinators
Melanie A. Fisher,
M.D., M.Sc.
Professor of Medicine
Director, Global Health Program
Director, "Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health"
Coordinator, Introduction to Global Public Health Module
Gregory Juckett,
M.D., F.A.A.F.P., M.P.H., D.T.M.&H.
Professor of Family Medicine
Coordinator, Clinical Practice in the Tropics and Traveler’s Health Module
Arif Sarwari,
M.D., M.Sc.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Co-Coordinator, Medical Parasitology and Medical Entomology Module
Valerie Watson,
Teaching, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology/Immunology
Co-Coordinator, Medical Parasitology and Medical Entomology Module
Kathryn Moffett ,
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Coordinator, Infectious Diseases Module

Accreditation Status

* Accredited by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

The Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University, through its Global Health Program (formerly the International Health Program), conducts an annual certificate-granting Clinical Training Course in Tropical Medicine and Traveler’s Health, accredited by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

Course Accreditation

The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WVU Office of CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This continuing education activity has been provided by the WVU School of Nursing for 50 contact hours.  The WVU School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Legislative Rule #19CSR11-4 under provider number WV-1996-0120RN.

The AOA has approved this educational activity for 150 hours for Category-2A Credit. Application has been made to the American College of Emergency Physicians for 50 hours of ACEP Category I credit.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Determination of credit is pending.

Each participant should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.


Following this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Identify major global issues in tropical public health
  • Discuss clinical tropical diseases frequently encountered in the developing world
  • Diagnose and treat these diseases
  • Implement field-based preventive and control measures for major communicable/infectious diseases
  • Manage travel related illnesses
  • identify important parasitic diseases in tropical and developing countries.
  • review clinical presentations, diagnosis and management of these diseases.
  • discuss important vectors that transmit and cause infectious diseases, including insects and ticks.
  • discuss infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi that are encountered in tropical regions.
  • diagnose and treat these diseases.


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Additional Information

The course will be open to family medicine practitioners, general internists, internal medicine subspecialists, pediatricians, emergency medicine physicians, obstetricians/ gynecologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, nurses, public health professionals, physician assistants, and to anyone interested in making a career change. This course is divided into four two-week modules in order to accommodate busy schedules and allow more flexibility for health care professionals to take the course. Participants may take just one, two, or three modules in any sequence, or they may choose to take the entire course at once if their schedules allow. The course consists of four (4) major components, with a content of approximately 300.5 hours of didactic contact time as follows:

  1. Didactic lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, and tropical public health [208 hours];
  2. Laboratory demonstrations and practicums in microbiology (eg. bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology, virology), hematology, serology, dermatology, surgery, radiology, primary health care techniques, and computers [40 hours];
  3. Flexible, supervised, educational training modules in: International travel medicine; computer modeling in epidemiologic field methods (eg. EPI Info, biostatistics, etc.) and infectious diseases and parasitology case studies (both slide- and video-based) [43.5 hours].
  4. Self Instruction Modules [9 hours]. Health Sciences Center and University facilities to be utilized will include the University Health Service (UHS) Travel Medicine Clinic and the Learning Center.
  5. The WVU Global Health Program can assist participants in arranging two month clinical field experiences in tropical medicine for those who have not worked overseas previously. WVU has affiliations with the following international institutions: The University of Guanajuato in Leon, Mexico; San Lucas Toliman Mission, Guatemala; Centro de Obras Sociales, Chimbote, Peru; and Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China.

The course focuses on the imparting of essential skills and competencies in clinical tropical medicine, laboratory skills in a low-technology setting, epidemiology and disease control, and traveler’s health. The didactic portion of the ASTMH course is conducted by both full-time and clinical faculty at WVU, and by visiting faculty from several American and foreign schools of medicine and public health. The course runs for eight weeks during the summer months each year. Lecturers and demonstrators have had significant overseas experiences in clinical tropical medicine and/or tropical public health, and/or are nationally or internationally recognized in their field of expertise. For the overseas field experiences, all participants are fully supervised by either academic faculty from WVU, University of Guanajuato, San Lucas Mission, Centro de Obras Sociales, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, or by medical missionaries recruited as voluntary field instructors. Up to 35 participants can be accommodated per module in the lecture course component.

Planning Committee Members

Melanie A. Fisher, MD, MSc, R. Gregory Juckett, MD, MPH, Arif Sarwari, MD, MSc, Kathryn Moffett, MD, Jacqueline Mier, RN, Valerie Watson, MSc, Jacque Visyak, and Nancy Sanders.

Registration Fees

Residency and Fellowship Programs – We are able to offer a special registration rate of $3600.00 for all 4 modules to residency and fellowship programs who send two or more residents or fellows to our course. We are also able to offer non-WVU medical students the rate of $500/module or $2000 for all 4 modules.

Recorded Presentations

Lectures are recorded and available electronically through SOLE/Camtasia.  Participants who have registered for a module will have access to the lectures electronically through SOLE/Camtasia free of charge for five years as long as they log on at least once a year.  After five years, there will be a fee to access the updated lectures on SOLE/Camtasia.  For example, if a participant is registered for Module 1 they will have access to any future updated lectures for Module 1 (etc.).  If a participant does not login to SOLE/Camtasia within a year their account becomes inactive.  If this happens, they can contact the Program Coordinator or IT to reactivate their account.

Online Course:   The American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) has approved and accredited Modules 1, 2 and 4 to be offered online.  Module 3, because of its many hands-on labs, cannot be offered online.  The summer of 2012 was our first year offering our online course.  For more information or questions about the online course, please contact Nancy Sanders (304) 293-5916 or


On-campus and off-campus housing facilities are available to course participants with easy access to the Health Sciences Center, Morgantown stores, restaurants, and other facilities via walking, via the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) connecting WVU and downtown, and via municipal bus lines. A listing of these on-campus and off-campus dormitories and apartment complexes will be provided upon request. Housing accommodations will be the responsibility of the participant.

Additional Information

Important: If you are unable to attend the course after you have registered, you must notify us in writing six weeks prior to the start of the course to receive a refund. A $75.00 fee will be charged for all canceled registrations. We reserve the right to cancel individual sessions or the entire course. In the event of a course cancellation, a full tuition refund will be made.

Social Justice Syllabus Statement:

West Virginia University is committed to social justice. We concur with that commitment and expect to foster a nurturing learning environment based upon open communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. Our University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation, color or national origin. Any suggestions as to how to further such a positive and open environment in this class will be appreciated and given serious consideration.

If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to participate in this class, please advise us, and we will make appropriate arrangements with Disability Services.