Master of Science in Tropical Medicine & International Health

General

Program Description

This course aims to develop the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and developing countries and global health. The course provides training in clinical tropical medicine at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases (a small but unique component), and a broad choice of study modules to enable students to develop or extend interests in a wide variety of subjects relevant to the practice of medicine in tropical and developing country environments.

Most students also take the Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, an accredited clinical qualification in tropical medicine during the year, which provides a comprehensive review of the major infectious diseases and related public health issues. This course builds on previous medical training and experience to develop relevant transferable skills.

Graduates from this course have taken a wide variety of career paths including further research in epidemiology, parasite immunology, or joined field research programmes; international organizations concerned with health care delivery or disaster relief; or returned to academic or medical positions in developing country institutions.

The Frederick Murgatroyd Award is awarded each year for the best student of the year. Donated by Mrs. Murgatroyd in memory of her husband, who held the Wellcome Chair of Clinical Tropical Medicine in 1950 and 1951.

Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to: understand and describe the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of the major parasitic, bacterial, and viral diseases of developing countries; demonstrate knowledge and skills in diagnostic parasitology and other simple laboratory methods; understand and apply basic epidemiological principles, including selecting appropriate study designs; apply and interpret basic statistical tests for the analysis of quantitative data; critically evaluate published literature in order to make appropriate clinical decisions; communicate relevant medical knowledge to patients, health care professionals, colleagues and other groups; and understand the basic sciences underlying clinical and public health practice.

Term 1

There is an initial two-week orientation period, which includes an introduction to studying at the School, sessions on key computing and study skills and an update on major pathogen groups. During the remaining ten weeks students take the modules Parasitology & Entomology, and Analysis & Design of Research Studies; they also study diagnosis and management of tropical diseases and 'Critical Skills for Tropical Doctors' (evidence-based medicine and basic epidemiology). In addition to 'Friday Forum', students develop presentation skills by presenting their own experience to colleagues.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of six study modules, one from each timetable slot. The most popular modules are listed below; a wide range of other modules are also available. Not all modules will be available in any one year, and some modules can be taken only after consultation with the Course Director. Recognising that students have diverse backgrounds and experience, the Course Director is willing to consider requests to take any module within the School's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student, and is acceptable to the Module Organiser. Students who wish to take the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene exam are required to take C1 and D1 modules in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

C1: Clinical Infectious Diseases 1: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries; Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques.

C2: Genetics of Pathogens & Vectors; Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies; Conflict and Health.

D1: Clinical Infectious Diseases 3: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries; Primary Health Care.

D2: : Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology; Clinical Immunology; Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases.

E1: AIDS; Clinical Virology; Vector Incrimination; Mycology.

E2: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Control & Epidemiology of Malaria; Tropical Environmental Health; Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Project Report

Students complete a research project on a subject of their choice, for example, writing up and analyzing work carried out before coming to the School, a literature review, or a research study proposal. Some students gather data overseas or in the UK for analysis within the project. Such projects require early planning. Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved.

The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from the School's trust funds set up for this purpose.

Course Duration

Full-time for one year or split study over two years. Students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.

Entrance Requirements

Students are normally practicing doctors; they must have a degree in medicine and be registered, medical practitioners. Preference will be given to candidates who have a minimum of two years of experience working in clinical medicine (in any country) with recent professional experience in a relevant discipline.

Last updated May 2019

About the School

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health worldwide; ... Read More

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. Read less