Who We Are


A world free of tropical infectious diseases.

Mission Statement: 

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, founded in 1903, is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health. We accomplish this through generating and sharing scientific evidence, informing health policies and practices, fostering career development, recognizing excellence, and advocating for investment in tropical medicine/global health research.

Specific ASTMH goals include:

  • Advancing research in tropical diseases
  • Supporting career development in tropical medicine/global health
  • Fostering international scientific collaboration
  • Educating medical professionals, policymakers and the public about tropical medicine/global health
  • Recognizing exceptional achievement in tropical medicine/global health
  • Promoting science-based policy regarding tropical medicine/global health

History of ASTMH

The ASTMH has a long and distinguished history. The current organization was formed in 1951 with the amalgamation of the American Society of Tropical Medicine, founded in 1903, and the National Malaria Society, founded in 1940.

View the 2003 ASTMH Centennial Celebration Address (PDF)

Order historic documents from the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Presidential Addresses