MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

Course overview

This programme aims to develop the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and low- and middle-income countries. It aims to enhance evidence-based decision making in tropical medicine, international health, and the underpinning disciplines through a wide choice of modules including small group clinically focused teaching.

Objectives

By the end of this programme students will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of the major parasitic, bacterial, and viral, and noncommunicable diseases affecting tropical and developing countries
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the evidence base of tropical medicine and disease control in developing countries and of its application in the practice of evidence-based tropical medicine and disease control
  • demonstrate understanding and skills in diagnostic parasitology microbiology and entomology through the selection of appropriate testing methods and the preparation and examination of biological specimens for identification of common parasitic and bacterial pathogens and associated vectors
  • demonstrate understanding of the application of basic epidemiological principles, including selecting an appropriate study design to address a given clinical or public health problem
  • demonstrate understanding of the selection application and interpretation statistical methods in the analysis of quantitative data
  • demonstrate ability to analyse and synthesise research findings for clinical and disease control decision making (in areas including assessment diagnosis, test selection treatment, prognosis and control) and to critically evaluate their effects
  • demonstrate understanding of the key contribution of clinical trials to the evidence base of tropical medicine and international health, and of how such trials are designed, conducted, analyzed and reported
  • demonstrate ability to synthesise and communicate relevant medical knowledge and principles at an appropriate level to patients, health care professionals, colleagues and other groups
  • demonstrate understanding of the role of basic and applied research underpinning clinical and international public health practice, at an appropriate level depending on the individual student's choice of modules

Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

All students on the MSc will take the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H). Students with a prior DTM&H, or holding 60 master's level credits from the DTM&H (East African Partnership) may apply for exemption from Term 1 via recognition of prior learning.

Duration

One year full-time or split-study over two years. 

Structure

View full programme structure and module choice

Project report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project in a subject of their choice, for submission by early September. Projects may involve writing up and analysing work carried out before coming to LSHTM, a literature review, or a research study proposal. Some students gather data overseas or in the UK for analysis within the project. Such projects require early planning. Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved. The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from LSHTM's trust funds set up for this purpose.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health, an applicant must have a degree in medicine and be a registered medical practitioner. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least two years of experience working in clinical medicine (in any country) with recent professional experience in a relevant discipline.