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Introduction to Tropical Medicine

Deadline: 15 July 2023

Short Courses

  • Blended

5 ECTS Credits



About the course



This short course offers essential clinical and biomedical knowledge on diseases and health problems that occur in (sub)tropical settings and in vulnerable life stages (for example childhood or pregnancy), or other vulnerable settings (for example epidemics or migration). This course is an introduction for health professionals who lack exposure to these conditions or lack prior training. 

Public health knowledge and skills to deal with these health problems in an international context are part of the course “Challenges in International Health” (CIH). 


Are you a nurse/midwife, or another health professional? Do you want to gain or refresh your knowledge on diseases and health problems specific to tropical regions and contexts of vulnerability? Then this course is for you.  


This course brings together ITM's expertise from different countries affected by tropical diseases and health problems. The content is based on scientific studies and enriched by in-house experiences and innovations. 

The course is offered in a “blended” format, with interactive online self-paced study material, and real time seminars (preferably face-to-face but online attendance is possible, once a week on Friday morning). It can suit you as a working student, on the condition that you are free one morning per week, for real-time seminars. 

INTROMED can be taken as a stand-alone course or can be part of the Postgraduate Certificate - Introduction to Tropical Medicine and Challenges in International Health (ITMCIH).  

INTROMED is organised in English in September and in French in March-April. 

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to: 

Specific skills 

  • Describe the essential biomedical and clinical aspects of the major tropical, infectious and non-communicable diseases in terms of care, prevention and control  
  • Determine the conditions of safe blood transfusion in adults and children and understand the importance of a safe blood bank 
  • Describe the quality of antenatal care, postnatal care, basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care and comprehensive emergency obstetric care 
  • Explain specific health problems in pregnant women, neonates and children 
  • Discuss the integrated management of children and neonates with particular health problems, including undernourishment 
  • Identify specific challenges of laboratory diagnosis in low-resource settings 

Generic skills  

  • Work independently 
  • Search information in reliable sources  
  • Show evidence of a critical and value-based attitude  
  • Communicate and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting  
  • Develop life-long learning skills 

Tuition fee

€ 730 EEA / 1900 non-EEA

Course Leader(s)

  • Ludwig Apers

Course Coordinator(s)

  • Deogratias Katsuva

Course Administrator(s)

  • Anne Thoelen
  • Gerlinde Segers
  • Cathy Liu