Master of Science in Tropical Medicine - orientation Biomedical Sciences
Follow tropical diseases from 'lab to bed' with a focus on both pathogens and patients across the globe. The course integrates clinical and biomedical expertise in tropical diseases in resource-constrained settings.
60 ECTS Credits
The Master of Science in Tropical Medicine (MTM) is a 60 credit programme with choice between Biomedical or Clinical Sciences orientation. It builds on the expertise of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM).
The MTM aims to develop research skills on diagnosis and management of the most prevalent and re-emerging tropical diseases in the world; it aims to strengthen training in research techniques and methods in the clinical and biomedical fields, and it aims to contribute to the development of research capacity in resource-constrained settings. Moreover, the MTM puts relevant biomedical and clinical research in a broader public health perspective.
What is particular for this master is that
(a) it covers the tropical diseases chain “from lab to bed”, by focusing on both pathogens and patients,
(b) it integrates clinical and biomedical expertise in tropical diseases in resource constrained settings, but also in other settings where tropical diseases occur and
(c) it focuses on biomedical and clinical/epidemiological research including the development of specific lab competencies for specific settings.
Students can choose between the orientation Clinical Sciences or Biomedical Sciences and can focus their studies on research or professional competencies (see below).
- clinical or biomedical professionals who wish to work in reference labs, research institutions, and in the sector of health actors (NGOs) involved in the Global South and
- clinical or biomedical scientists who want to conduct fundamental, applied or operational research in academic/research institutes or reference laboratories.
The MTM is taught at the ITM, a stimulating international academic environment, with a multidisciplinary perspective and an emphasis on critical reflection. The multifaceted cultural and professional backgrounds of the international student-group stimulates exchange, comparative analysis and confrontation of ideas. ITM's teaching staff is extensively involved in research in low and middle-income countries and has significant "field knowledge".
At graduation, MTM students should be able to:
- Demonstrate at an advanced level specific knowledge and insight in the field of tropical medicine
- Critically analyse the epidemiological, biomedical and clinical features of tropical diseases
- Identify and critically discuss the determinants of health related to tropical diseases
- Contextualize clinical and biomedical expertise in tropical medicine, taking into account the socio-economic and cultural characteristics of low resource settings
- Analyse and interpret the accuracy and pitfalls of laboratory tests for tropical diseases
- Use appropriate research tools and skills for clinical and/or biomedical research on tropical diseases
- Develop and implement properly the consecutive steps of a scientific research project
- Contribute responsibly in a professional and multidisciplinary international team
- Communicate in a written and oral way research results and their relationship to the Sustainable Development Goals to scientific and professional communities.
Students choosing the orientation Clinical Sciences should also be able to:
- Make a sound differential diagnosis and plan adequate clinical management in specific settings
- Formulate evidence-based guidelines to ameliorate clinical care or laboratory practices in resource constrained settings
- Improve clinical decisions based on new scientific elements (literature and own experience) in the field of tropical medicine, taking into account resource constrained settings
- Formulate and justify a research question in the domain of diagnosis and management of tropical diseases, and apply the appropriate research methods.
Students choosing the orientation Biomedical Sciences should also be able to:
- Use independently the appropriate research techniques within biomedical sciences
- Make an informed choice regarding adapted lab techniques in resource constrained settings
- Select appropriate research methods and apply them within the relevant context
- Write a research proposal according to the guidelines of a grant application.