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Postgraduate Certificate in Tropical Medicine and International Health

This one-year course helps junior healthcare professionals gain broad and interdisciplinary knowledge on the complex interplay between social systems and health in low-resource settings.


30 ECTS Credits


About the course


NOTE: The course structure and content are being reviewed and may be adapted.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Tropical Medicine and International Health (TMIH) provides health professionals with a broad and interdisciplinary training. It combines clinical, epidemiological and biomedical knowledge and skills with a systemic approach to health care organization and disease control. Additionally, the broad perspective of international health policies and inputs from social sciences will help students grasp the complex picture of health and health care in low-resource settings. The integration of these different disciplines is a key feature of the programme.


This programme targets (junior) health professionals with a concrete interest and/or career perspective in international health. Professionals with significant experience in low- and middle-income countries are advised to explore courses which go beyond the introductory level (e.g. master degrees or more specialized short courses).


The Postgraduate Certificate programme consists of two modules (short courses):

- Introduction to International Health (IIH)

- Tropical Medicine and Clinical Decision-making (TMCDM)


Here students can register for the whole postgraduate certificate programme. To register for one of the two modules (IIH or TMCDM) please go to the specific course description on the courses overview page.

Learning objectives

Learning objectives of module 1: Introduction to International Health (IIH)
  • discuss determinants of health in general and of health care seeking behaviour in particular
  • analyse the main biomedical, clinical and epidemiological aspects of the major health problems in low- and middle-income countries in order to contribute to their prevention and control at population and individual level
  • discuss the major issues in international health policy and development cooperation
  • contribute to the organisation of  primary health care services taking into account local priorities and resource availability as well as the perspective of communities and patients
  • critically analyse disease control programmes, applying scientific tools and methods
  • analyse the main epidemiological, programmatic and health system aspects of reproductive health, child health and healthcare in emergency situations
  • organize field laboratories and review their performance
  • manage communication and teamwork in a multi-disciplinary setting
Learning objectives of module 2: Tropical Medicine and Clinical Decision Making (TMCDM)
  • Assess statements about epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management (including preventive measures and  community interventions) of clinical cases presenting with symptoms of tropical diseases
  • Assess statements about clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of clinical cases with an HIV-infection, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases in low resource settings
  • Assess statements about clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of common paediatric, dermatological and gynaecological conditions in a tropical setting
  • Discuss the performances and pitfalls of laboratory tests in a tropical district hospital and interpret their results within a given clinical context
  • Integrate all domain-specific knowledge (epidemiology, clinical, laboratory) to elaborate a sound differential diagnosis and propose adequate clinical management for clinical cases in a hospital with scarce resources in a tropical setting

Programme coordinator(s)

  • Deogratias Katsuva
  • Vera K├╝hne

Programme administrator(s)

  • Sanae El Harrak

Programme director(s)

  • Ludwig Apers