Graduate Diploma – Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Graduate Diploma
Course Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Course Code GD-TROPMH
Course Abbreviation DTM&H
Partner Faculty The Nossal Institute for Global Health (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health) in partnership with the The Burnet Institute and 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 travellers, may be affected by tropical disease. Doctors generally receive little training in tropical health. The Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) has been designed to interweave the tradition of tropical disease studies with contemporary fundamentals for today's practitioners of tropical and travellers' health. It provides health practitioners with high-standard skills, tools and the confidence to meet the modern challenges of tropical health posed by infectious diseases and human parasites such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, dengue, helminths, protozoa, schistosoma and leptosirosis. The curriculum includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tropical disease and addresses under lying determinants of health for practitioners working in tropical regions, travel medicine and/or general practice. In addition, special attention is given to how health can be approached in resource-constrained settings where the greatest burden of tropical disease is found. The course is delivered through a partnership of the Nossal Institute for Global Health (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne), the Burnet Institute and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University (Thailand).
Course Description The course is delivered through four key components:
  1. A foundational online subject;
  2. Four weeks on campus in Melbourne covering the pathology, diagnosis and treatment of tropical disease, addressing underlying determinants of health, travel medicine and global health approaches with special attention given to health in resource-constrained settings;
  3. Four weeks in Thailand gaining vital hands-on laboratory, clinical and field experience; and;
  4. A capstone subject to ensure students consolidate their new knowledge and skills in a real workplace setting relevant to tropical disease.
There are a total of six subjects. All subjects are compulsory to the course and of AQF Level 8 standard.
Qualification 12.5 point subject 12.5 point subject 12.5 point subject 12.5 point subject
100 point Postgraduate Diploma Foundations of Tropical & Global Health Global Health Management of Tropical Disease
Health in Resource Constrained Settings Practice of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Professional Practice in Tropical Health
The course is structured to enable doctors and nurses, especially those from interstate or overseas, to complete the DTM&H part-time without major disruption to their work and with minimal travel requirements. In fact, the full course can be completed in one year over two semesters or completed over two years part-time.
Delivery Mode and Location The course is delivered through a partnership of the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University (Thailand), the Burnet Institute and the Nossal Institute for Global Health (University of Melbourne). Apart from the first subject, which is delivered on-line except for those on a student visa, and the capstone subject, which is undertaken in a nominated tropical health workplace setting, delivery involves intensive face-to-face teaching in Melbourne and Thailand.
  • During the four weeks in Melbourne, subjects will be taught from locations at the Burnet Institute and the University of Melbourne.
  • During the four weeks in Thailand, subjects will be taught by Mahidol University in various campus, hospital and field locations.
Students will also have the opportunity to undertake the capstone subject in a relevant tropical health workplace in Thailand or another location in Australia or overseas. Information packs will be made available providing visa, insurance, accommodation and other information, to support students undertaking this course.
Who Should Apply Medical graduates. Nursing graduates with at least five years' experience in clinical tropical health.
  1. Foundations of Tropical & Global Health (12.5 points) - Students will become proficient in using terminology, concepts and data relating to tropical disease and global health, as well as essentials of epidemiology and biostatistics of importance to practitioners of tropical health. You will have the opportunity to enhance critical appraisal skills, and your overall health literacy, in relation to tropical health publications and information.
  2. Global Health (12.5 points) - Content you will cover includes determinants of tropical disease such as gender, equity and nutrition, conceptual framework for disease prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary), one health, impacts of global warming, health and complex humanitarian emergencies, structure and roles of international organisation, non-governmental organisations and international development health, primary health care and Alma Ata, health systems policy and health financing, and issues of non-communicable disease.
  3. Management of Tropical Disease (25 points) - Students will engage in in-depth exploration of the, prevention, diagnosis and management of tropical disease, vector-borne diseases, food and water borne disease, parasitic disease, dysentery and protozoal disease. These include malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, filiariasis, schistosomiasis, tetanus, tuberculosis, acute respiratory disease and sexually transmitted infections/HIV. In addition, you will gain practical understanding of:, parasitology, entomology and helminthology; pretravel consultation and post-travel triage, determination of fitness to travel, vaccination, prophylactic medication and other strategies of disease prevention such as employing travellers' information and databases; and accidents and emergency repatriation, high altitude sickness, and pregnancy (and other pre-existing health conditions) and travel. Please note, this subject is also offered as the 'Specialist Certificate in Travel Medicine& amp; amp; #39;.
  4. Health in Resource-Constrained Settings (12.5 points) - Students will learn how to do disease surveillance, prevention and control, outbreak investigation and response, measure health status of communities, and help health workers learn. You will also become familiar with district health systems and district services management, management of small health facilities, management of vaccine programmes, issues of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), maternal and newborn care (MNCH), and management of under nutrition.
  5. 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, with Mahidol University's Faculty of Tropical Medicine. Three field trips will be held in various locations in Thailand on different aspects of tropical health. In the field you will: meet patients of diverse backgrounds in clinic and hospital settings, practise diagnosis of common and rare tropical diseases and create effective treatment and management plans; explore effective health systems such as primary health care, the work of rural health volunteers, and the impact 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. Please note, this subject is also offered as the 'Specialist Certificate in Practi ce of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene'.
  6. Professional Practice in Tropical Health (12.5 points) - Students will undertake a supervised professional work placement in a setting and/or with an organisation appropriate to tropical health, in Australia or overseas. Each practicum experience will be individually tailored to your needs in collaboration with the Subject Coordinator and the host organisation. You will apply your academic knowledge and new skills to real-world tropical health challenges, further developing your specialist and professional skill set by contributing to the needs of an agency, institution, organisation or setting pertaining to tropical health. You will spend at least 30 hours in the selected workplace either as a block during one semester or distributed across one or two semesters.
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 Advanced standing of 25 points will be granted to students who have previously completed the Specialist Certificate in Travel Medicine within three years prior to commencement of the DTM&H. All students accepted on this course will be required to provide copies of their medical insurance and medical clearance to travel. Graduates of the Melbourne DTM&H are eligible to undertake Mahidol University's 'Master of Clinical Tropical Medicine' over a six-month period, by arrangement with its Faculty of Tropical Medicine. Further information: Nossal Institute for Global Health,  Mahidol University, Burnet Institute
Academic and Teaching Team The course is delivered through a partnership of the Nossal Institute for Global Health (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne), the Burnet Institute and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University (Thailand). The academic team is led by Dr Timothy Moore at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, with key members of the academic team drawn from the partner organisations including:
  • Assoc Prof Jim Black (Nossal Institute for Global Health)
  • Dr Chris Morgan (Nossal Institute for Global Health)
  • Prof Michael Toole (Burnet Institute)
  • Dean Yaowalark Sukthana and Prof Sasithon Pukrittayakamee (Mahidol University)
Entry Requirements
  • Medical Degree, e.g. MB,BS or MD (verified by endorsed academic transcript), or
  • Nursing Degree (verified by endorsed academic transcript) and at least 5 years relevant experience in clinical tropical health (supported by written professional reference)
  • Meet the 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 in the Supporting Documentation section of your online application.
Other Information Please note this course will run subject to minimum enrolment numbers
Course Fees

2017 Fees $20,170

2018 Fees TBC

The course contains a four-week compulsory overseas component. Students must be able to attend this component and cover the additional costs relating to travel and accommodation.

Fee Inclusions The course fee covers tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources and basic refreshments during intensive delivery of subjects. Also included are some costs of domestic travel and accommodation specific to field trips in Thailand. The fee does not include other costs relating to the international travel, accommodation and daily expenses required for some subjects. 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 Specialist Certificate in Travel Medicine
The Specialist Certificate in Practice of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Enquiries Program Coordinator - Kathy Griffiths
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Phone - (03) 8344 2601