This course is intended for nurses and midwives who have travelled or worked in developing countries, or who hope to do so. There are 65 places available.
The course aims to provide nurses and midwives with knowledge of the causes, prevention and treatment of major tropical diseases, through lectures and practical laboratory sessions. Nurses and midwives should also gain an insight into primary health care in developing countries; learn to maximize care with minimum resources, and understand the importance of promoting health through prevention rather than cure.
The course may cover a range of global health topics including: Anaemia and Sickle cell disease; Epidemiology; Immunology; Immunisation; Intestinal infection; Leprosy; Mother & child health; Medical anthropology; Nutrition; Parasitology; Refugees; Training traditional birth attendants; Tropical skin conditions; War wounds, and Water & sanitation.
The Diploma course consists of lectures covering tropical diseases and topics such as nursing in disasters and primary health care. Also there are laboratory sessions on the use of microscopes, how to diagnose malaria and other parasites. Academic lecturers are either employed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, or are external speakers. All of the lecturers are experts in their chosen fields.
Successful candidates will be awarded a 'Diploma in Tropical Nursing', a postgraduate award with 30 credits at level 7 (M level).
You can apply until:
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The course opens a window to topics for study such as Public Health, Primary Health Care, Emergency Relief, Medical Anthropology, Sanitation Technology, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Immunology, Parasitology, Conflict and Health, together with wide coverage of common Tropical Diseases.
The Diploma also incorporates a Laboratory Course, conducted in the Medical Parasitology Laboratory at LSHTM, for two hours every Wednesday afternoon. During this course the students learn to diagnose Malaria, Leprosy, Leishmaniasis, Filariasis and other parasitic diseases. Blood grouping, cross-matching and haemoglobin estimation are also taught.
The Diploma course is available to registered nurses and midwives and it is recommended that they have two years post-registration experience by the start of the course applied for. Candidates must be computer literate.
Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English and of English comprehension. The School may ask the applicant to provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of English. The School has approved certain English tests.
*Payable by: 16 December 2015.
Some previous Diploma in Tropical Nursing students from the UK have obtained funding through application to organisations outside the School.
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