Postgraduate Course in Tropical Medicine and International Health
The postgraduate course in Tropical Medicine and International Health provides health professionals with a broad and interdisciplinary training. It combines clinical and biomedical knowledge and skills with a systemic approach to health care organization and disease control. The broad perspective of international health policy and specific inputs from social sciences will help students grasp the complex picture of health and health care in low-resource settings. The integration of these different disciplines is a key feature of the programme.
For most students, this course will be the start of a challenging career in international health, while for others, who already have experience working in low and middle-income countries, it offers the broad perspective needed before specializing. Through its new flexible structure in two modules, students can register for the whole programme or for selected modules.
Teaching methods and support to participants
The course uses a combination of state of the art lectures, interactive classes, individual study and exercises, coached teamwork, practical laboratory work and problem-based learning. The lecturers have extensive experience overseas and come from all departments of the ITM. Their field experience and scientific work feeds extensively into the course. Distinguished external lecturers complement specific areas of expertise. Next, to the teaching staff, participants get support from the course coordinator for academic and programmatic aspects of the course.
Evaluation and certificate
At the end of Module 1, theoretical exams are organized consisting of multiple choice questions and integrated essay questions. At the end of Module 2, theoretical (multiple choice exam) and oral exams are organized, as well as a laboratory skills exam. Students who pass a module receive a credit certificate. Upon successful completion of both modules, medical doctors are awarded the ITM Postgraduate Certificate in Tropical Medicine and International Health and biomedical scientists and pharmacists the Postgraduate Certificate in Tropical Biomedical Sciences and International Health.
Duration of the course and credits
The entire training programme (Module 1 & 2) lasts 5 months. Module 1 runs from the second Monday of September until the start of the Christmas holidays in December (15 weeks). Module 2 starts early January and finishes by the end of February (8 weeks).
It is a full-time programme of 600 contact hours, which is equivalent to 30 credits. Students are expected to dedicate another 15 to 20 hours per week to personal study and group work.
The course is organized simultaneously in French and English.
For the English course, students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of a 6.5 IELTS score (or 580 TOEFL score). Exemption from this requirement may be granted to those who completed higher education in the English language.
Students attending the French course are expected to have a passive knowledge of English to be able to read and understand English scientific literature, and therefore must equally provide an English assessment certificate.
Module 2 for biomedical scientists and pharmacists will only be taught in English.
Applicants for Module 1 and 2 need a degree in medicine or a university (master) degree (min 240 ECTS credits) in biomedical or pharmaceutical sciences. For Module 1 other health professionals, such as health economists and health sociologists, are welcome to apply on condition that they are holder of a university degree (min 240 ECTS credits, minimum 4 years of academic full-time training) and have a minimum of 2 years relevant professional experience in international health in low-or middle-income countries. Nurses and midwives with a university (master) degree can also apply for Module 1 provided they have gained minimum 1 year of professional experience.
For organizational purposes, a maximum of 40 students is admitted for each language. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.