The goals of the ITM are:
- Advancing the sciences in the medical and veterinary fields of tropical medicine, poverty-related diseases and public health.
- Strengthening the rational basis of health care in developing countries.
- Providing medical care and public health expertise for tropical, infectious and imported diseases in Flanders, Belgium and Europe. Its main activities are scientific research, advanced education, provision of reference services and policy support, worldwide collaboration and capacity strengthening.