Specialist Certificate – Practice of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Specialist Certificate
Course Specialist Certificate in the Practice of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Course Code SC-PRACTMH
Partner Faculty The Nossal Institute for Global Health (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health) in partnership with Mahidol University, Thailand
Background Tropical regions, including the Asia-Pacific, are disproportionately burdened by infectious and parasitic disease with devastating impacts on health, livelihoods and security. In addition, new arrivals to developed nations, and returning travelers, may be affected by tropical disease. This course was developed in recognition that effective practitioners of tropical health require sound laboratory, clinical and field skills to confidently work in tropical health settings, yet many DTM&H graduates lack practical experience in the field. The course is delivered through a partnership of the Nossal Institute for Global Health (University of Melbourne) and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University (Thailand).
Course Description This 25-point Specialist Certificate of the University of Melbourne, available to previous graduates of a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene or equivalent, enables students to refresh or gain real skills through hands-on activities and experience over a four-week period in Thailand, hosted by Mahidol University’s Faculty of Tropical Medicine. Students will become familiar with tropical health laboratory practice and participate in three field trips in different parts of Thailand: clinical; health care system and hygiene, including primary health care; and parasitological. Learning is enhanced by: drawing on the the deep experience of high-level tropical health experts at Mahidol University; interacting with other local and international students undertaking tropical health studies; and being able to directly observe and analyse the impact of environmental, structural and cultural factors in a tropical setting.
Delivery Mode and Location The course is delivered face to face in Thailand and includes a number of field trips.
Who Should Apply Graduates of a DTM&H, or equivalent, wanting to develop or refresh skills in the practice of tropical medicine and hygiene.
Subjects The course requires completion of one 25 point subject: Practice of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (25 points) - Students will gain real skills through hands-on activities and experience over a four-week period in Thailand, hosted by Mahidol University’s Faculty of Tropical Medicine. Students will become familiar with a tropical health laboratory practice as they prepare, view, and recognise an unparalleled range of live and fixed laboratory specimens relating to tropical disease. Three field trips will be held in different parts of Thailand on different aspects of tropical health (Clinical, Health care system and hygiene, including primary health care, Parasitological). In the field students will: examine patients of diverse backgrounds in clinic and hospital settings, diagnose common and rare tropical diseases and create effective treatment and management plans; experience primary health care, the work of rural health volunteers, and the im pact of livelihoods and nutrition programs on the health of rural families and communities and engage in parasitological collection/surveys, including for malaria, employing a variety of means and conducting examination of these in a field laboratory. In addition, students will: learn from the long-standing experience of high level tropical health experts; interact with other local and international students undertaking tropical health studies, and experience first hand, and analyse the impact of environmental, structural and cultural factors in a tropical setting.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
Additional Information Information packs providing visa, insurance, accommodation and other information to support students to undertake this course, will be available in due course. All students accepted on this course will be required to provide copies of their medical insurance and medical clearance to travel. Further information: Nossal Institute for Global HealthMahidol University
Academic and Teaching Team The academic team is led by Dr Timothy Moore (Nossal Institute for Global Health) together with Dean Yoawalark Sukthana and Prof Sasithon Pukritayakamee (Mahidol University).
Entry Requirements
  • Diploma In Tropical Medicine and Hygiene or equivalent
  • Meet University of Melbourne English language entry requirements
More information on the specific documentation required is available at How to Apply. In addition to the formal entry requirements, a document briefly outlining your interest in undertaking this course should be uploaded with your application.
Course Fees $6,440 for 2017

2018 Fees TBC

Please note, in addition to the course fee, students are required to cover costs of international travel and some accommodation in Bangkok. Explanation and guidance will be given to students in this regard.
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources and limited catering (basic refreshments) during intensive delivery of subjects. They do not include costs relating to travel and accommodation required to undertake this course, except for limited domestic travel and basic accommodation during field trips in Thailand. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Delivery Dates and Times This course will not run in 2017. Please complete an enquiry form for further information.
Related courses and subjects

The Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
The Specialist Certificate in Travel Medicine

Contact

Program Coordinator - Kathy Griffiths
Email - tl-dtmh@unimelb.edu.au
Phone - (03) 8344 2601