The Tropical Context

The Nebraska Tropical Medicine Course     This module is part of The Nebraska Tropical Medicine Course.

The Tropical Context

Module Description

This module introduces how the patient, pathogens, environment, and disease-carrying insect vectors interact to create risks for patients and their communities and present challenges for health care practitioners. What makes the tropics different? How are they similar to other settings? What lessons can we learn from these tropical diseases?

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, participants should be better able to:

  1. Describe tropical aspects of host, pathogen, environment, and vector interactions
  2. Characterize the role of food and water sources and security
  3. State relevant patient risks to counseling and anticipating complications in case management
  4. Identify non-communicable disease risks in the tropics and how to plan for them
  5. Delineate health systems differences between the U.S. and resource-limited tropical environments relevant to practice planning and travel counseling, with a focus on non-communicable disease risks (including conventional NCD, trauma, surgical services, and non-medical health services)
  6. Integrate approaches to medical care delivery and health team functioning in the tropical environment to inform treatment decisions that respect patient and community values


David Brett-Major, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, UNMC

Method of Participation

Term of Approval

Release Date: Aug. 25, 2021
Expiration Date: Aug. 24, 2022

Continuing Education Credits

JA Provider MarkIn support of improving patient care, University of Nebraska Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this activity for 1.0 ANCC contact hour. Nurses should only claim credit for the actual time spent participating in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM, ABPATH, or ABP MOC credit.

Faculty and Planning Committee Disclosures

Disclosure Declaration (PDF)


The accredited provider has mitigated and is disclosing identified relevant financial relationships for the following faculty, planners, and others in control of content prior to assuming their roles:



The following planning committee members have nothing to disclose:

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