Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, Tanzania and Uganda
Educational Aims of the Programme
The aim of the intensive professional development programme is to build capacity for postgraduate training and clinical research in Africa, including for doctors from outside the Region who intend to work locally. It is designed to introduce physicians to the knowledge and skills needed to practise medicine and promote health effectively, and to inspire them to develop their own careers in the field.
The programme covers common infectious diseases including TB, HIV and malaria, along with neglected tropical and non-communicable diseases. There are modules on the clinical assessment of infants and children, maternal health in resource-limited settings and an introduction to clinical epidemiology. Students are encouraged to evaluate the evidence from contemporary clinical research to support their learning.
By the end of the programme, students will have gained an insight in to the practical realities of health care in East Africa and will be able to:
- compare and contrast the management of infectious diseases in different contexts
- critically evaluate the evidence for health interventions in resource-limited settings
- make a safe and competent assessment of sick patients in an African setting
The programme will also encourage participants to develop their own clinical research projects, whether as part of a formal programme of study, such as an MMed dissertation or other Masters, or as an independent piece of work in the field following the DTM&H: East African Partnership programme. This will not be included in the formal examination of the programme.
Self-funding applicants 2017: £7,500.00
Scholars: Full scholarships are competitively awarded to postgraduate doctors from low- and middle-income countries. There is an administrative fee.
Applying for this course
Please complete the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM
As part of the assessment process we would like you to submit a 500 – 800 word article on The current crisis in human resources for health in Africa. The article should be written in the style of an editorial from an academic journal such as the Lancet and should include references. The references do not count towards the word limit. You will need to upload the essay on the last page of the online application form.
The DTM&H: East African Partnership programme is open to doctors who hold a medical qualification from a recognised medical school in any country and are registered to practice medicine by their national regulatory authority. Preference will normally be given to doctors who have several years’ experience in clinical practice with an aptitude for clinical research who can demonstrate intent to work in Africa.
Nurses, clinical officers and other medical professionals without a medical degree cannot be admitted since the programme is open to fully qualified physicians.
There are two types of applicants: full fees and scholarship. Scholarship places are only open to doctors from low- and middle-income countries. Scholarships will be awarded competitively.
All students will be required to show an original or notarised copy of their primary medical qualification to a representative of LSHTM Registry at registration. A copy of this will be kept on record.
Comprehensive travel health insurance is mandatory and will be checked in advance.
Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English and of English comprehension. The School may ask applicants to provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of English; a list of approved tests is available on request.
For more information click “Further official information” below.