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 travellers, 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).
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.