The East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is a postgraduate certificate awarded by LSHTM. It is a three month, full time short course taught by School staff and colleagues in Tanzania and Uganda. It is designed for doctors planning to work in Africa.
LSHTM has been providing advanced training in global health policy and practice for over a century. The School’s alumni work in more than 160 countries and many hold prominent positions in health ministries, universities and international organisations. The current London-based DTM&H is highly respected and heavily oversubscribed.
The East African DTM&H takes the essence of the London course and translates it in to an African context. It emphasises experiential learning by immersing students in the clinical and public health issues facing African doctors today. Small group sessions are led by experienced physicians and at least a quarter of the course material is directly related to clinical practice.
A proportion of the fees paid by international students will be used to fund low cost scholarships for East African physicians. We will reserve at least a third of the places for local doctors as part of our commitment to building capacity for postgraduate medicine in the region. We think this residential course will be enriched by the academic and social mixing between overseas and African doctors.
On completing the course we hope you will have gained an insight in to the practical realities of healthcare in East Africa. You should be able to evaluate the evidence for various health interventions, both public and individual, and make a safe and competent assessment of sick patients. In essence we intend the course to prepare you for a broad range of health work in Africa.
The East African DTM&H has been approved by LSHTM Senate as a postgraduate certificate qualification. It will be awarded by LSHTM following satisfactory assessment of course work and successful completion of an end of course examination. We have applied to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to accredit the course for the Certificate of Knowledge Examination. A DTM&H qualification is required by UK physicians intending to complete clinical training in Tropical Medicine.
The examination consists of a multiple-choice question paper, a data interpretation paper, an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and a viva voce. In addition a substantial proportion of the final marks will come from project work assessed during the course. All borderline and distinction candidates will be discussed by the examination board.
Around two thirds of the course will focus on tropical infectious diseases, including TB, HIV and malaria. Students will also spend a week in the laboratory learning how to identify parasitic infections. The practical work will be accompanied by clinical case-based discussions. The remaining third of the course will be spent examining contemporary issues in East African healthcare, including the clinical assessment of infants and children, maternal health in resource-limited settings and an introduction to clinical epidemiology.
The curriculum is divided in to core and optional units. The three options weeks include a rural healthcare project in Tanzania and two student-selected units (SSU) in Uganda, one of which takes students outside Kampala. SSUs provide groups of 8 – 10 students with an opportunity to explore an area of policy or practice in more depth. There are ten SSUs ranging from neglected tropical diseases, such as trypanosomiasis control programmes, to refugee health and cancer & palliative care.
One of the major benefits of holding the DTM&H in Africa is access to patients. Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Mulago Hospital in Kampala both have important teaching functions as regional referral hospitals and centres for medical education. Students will spend part of each day on the wards reviewing patients and joining in the local teaching programmes. We will provide specific training in teaching skills and support students to develop their own teaching portfolios.
The East African DTM&H is a formal collaboration between LSHTM, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, Makerere University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington. The teaching faculty comes predominantly from these five partner institutions. Most academic staff have lived and worked in Africa and many are world leaders in their field.
The East African DTM&H is open to doctors who hold a medical qualification from a recognised medical school in any country and who are registered for medical practice in that country. In exceptional circumstances, and after discussion by the examination board, specialist nurses and assistant medical officers with equivalent experience may be admitted.
One third of places will be awarded to East African physicians. Scholarships will be awarded competitively by direct application to our partner institutions: in Tanzania this is Professor Ben Hamel, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, Moshi; and in Uganda this is Professor Moses Joloba, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Makerere University.
NB: only apply through LSHTM if you are able to pay international fees. Applications for African scholarships should go through KCMC or Makerere University.
Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English and of English comprehension. LSHTM may ask applicants to provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of English; a list of approved tests is available on request.
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