- Recognise and manage a range of tropical diseases
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of prevention and diagnostic methods and appropriate treatment and care relevant to tropical health and/or travel health
- Work effectively as practitioners of health in tropical and resource-constrained settings and/or engage in clinical practice relevant to disease prevention and treatment for travellers going to and coming from tropical settings
- Apply understanding of the determinants of global health to health practice as well as tropical health policy and program development
- Conduct field surveys on tropical disease
Tropical regions 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 and nurses generally receive little training to effectively respond to tropical disease or to provide quality care for people, including travellers, exposed to and affected by these disease wherever the need may be.
The Melbourne Diploma in tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) brings together the tradition of the DTM&H and the 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, schistosomiasis and leptospirosis, in addition to other emerging viruses such as Ebola and Hendra.
Course participants engage in a foundational online subject, and 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. Special attention is given to health in resource-constrained settings. In addition, students spend four weeks in Thailand gaining vital hands-on laboratory, clinical and field experience. The final capstone subject ensures students consolidate their new knowledge and skills in a real tropical disease workplace.
The School of Population and Global Health’s DTM&H is delivered by means of the complementary strengths of the Nossal Institute for Global Health (University of Melbourne), the Burnet Institute, and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University (Thailand).
The 100-point Postgraduate DTM&H will be led academically by the Nossal Institute, at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH), and taught through the complementary strengths of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Burnet Institute, and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University (Thailand), all highly acclaimed for postgraduate global health education.
The course contact hours are structured to allow 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.