The Faculty of Tropical Medicine was founded in 1960 as one of the faculties of the University of Medical Sciences (presently Mahidol University). Its three main tasks included teaching, research for advanced knowledge in medical sciences, and medical services, with the emphasis on tropical diseases.
In 1967, the Thai Government designated the Faculty of Tropical Medicine to be the National Center for Tropical Medicine and Public Health, and has since become the SEAMEO TROPMED* Regional Center for Tropical Medicine (* Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization in Tropical Medicine).
From 1999-2004, the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), operated the Asian Center of International Parasite Control (ACIPAC), the first of three centers under the Hashimoto Initiative, with the aim to strengthen parasite control in Southeast Asia through human resource development.
The Faculty, in collaboration with Oxford University and Wellcome Trust Fund, has established “Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) since 1979.
At present, the Faculty has been designated as WHO Collaborating Centre for Clinical Management of Malaria and WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Management and Disease Vector Control in Sustainable Development.