Course name and number: Tropical Medicine/Parasitology International Course (LSU Medical Center in collaboration with the University of Costa Rica Medical School, San Jose, Costa Rica)
MIP 422n.


Dr. Joseph H. Miller
Dr. Ronald B. Luftig
Nine (9) Costa Rican Faculty

Duration: 4 weeks

Availability: Once a year, beginning about July 1 of each year, by prior approval.

Number of students: 20


An intensive course dealing with the biology, epidemiology, clinical and pathological aspects of tropical diseases. Instruction is by lectures, conferences, laboratories, some patient presentations and field trips led by experts. An outline of the course may be obtained and reviewed in the office of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology (MIP) at the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, LA.

Means of Implementation:

Student should apply at least 6 months in advance of elective to the Department of MIP. Student is responsible for registration, transportation and living costs. A knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required.

Method of Evaluation:

Preceptorship by the staff at the study site.


In some cases, students are eligible to select a Tropical Medicine course that covers the material above, but in another setting. Permission must be obtained in advance from the Head of MIP and proof of completing the course provided as well.