The Postgraduate Certificate in Tropical Medicine and International Health provides health professionals with a broad and interdisciplinary training. It combines clinical, epidemiological and biomedical knowledge and skills with a systemic approach to health care organization and disease control. Additionally, the broad perspective of international health policies and 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.
This course targets (junior) health professionals with a concrete interest and/or career perspective in international health. Professionals with significant experience in low- and middle-income countries are advised to explore courses which go beyond the introductory level (e.g. master degrees or more specialized short courses).
The Postgraduate Certificate programme consists of two course components (short courses):
- Introduction to International Health (IIH)
- Tropical Medicine and Clinical Decision-making (TMCDM)
Here students can register for the whole postgraduate certificate programme. To register for one of the two short courses please go to the specific course description on the course overview page.
Learning objectives of course component 1: Introduction to International Health (IIH)
- Identify and analyse interrelated determinants of health and major health problems of populations in a cross-disciplinary perspective in low- and middle income societies
- Critically collect, analyse and appraise qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care in low and middle income societies
- Plan sustainable improvements of health systems considering the diverse intercultural settings as well as social and ethical responsibilities
- Clearly communicate and work professionally in a multi-disciplinary team
Learning objectives of course component 2: Tropical Medicine and Clinical Decision Making (TMCDM)
- Explain the epidemiological, clinical and laboratory features of tropical diseases and micronutrient deficiencies in a tropical setting
- Explain the specificities of clinical presentation and management of tuberculosis and HIV infection (and related diseases) in tropical settings
- Analyse the performances and pitfalls of laboratory tests in a tropical district hospital and interpret their results within a given clinical context
- Search and obtain online information on relevant and updated clinical or diagnostic procedures, in low-resource settings;
- Make a sound differential diagnosis and provide adequate clinical management, adapted to tropical hospital settings with scarce resources