East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Certificate

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 90 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)


Aims & objectives

The aim of the intensive professional development programme is to build capacity for postgraduate training and clinical research in Africa, including for doctors from outside the Region who intend to work locally. It is designed to introduce physicians to the knowledge and skills needed to practise medicine and promote health effectively, and to inspire them to develop their own careers in the field.

The programme covers common infectious diseases including TB, HIV and malaria, along with neglected tropical and non-communicable diseases. There are modules on the clinical assessment of infants and children, maternal health in resource-limited settings and an introduction to clinical epidemiology. Students are encouraged to evaluate the evidence from contemporary clinical research to support their learning.

By the end of the programme, students will have gained an insight in to the practical realities of health care in East Africa and will be able to:

  • compare and contrast the management of infectious diseases in different contexts
  • critically evaluate the evidence for health interventions in resource-limited settings
  • make a safe and competent assessment of sick patients in an African setting

The programme will also encourage participants to develop their own clinical research projects, whether as part of a formal programme of study, such as an MMed dissertation or other Masters, or as an independent piece of work in the field following the DTM&H: East African Partnership programme. This will not be included in the formal examination of the programme.


Examination and accreditation

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date 24th August 2015 - 20th November 2015
  • Full-time duration 90 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Learning, teaching & assessment methods The intensive DTM&H: East African Partnership programme uses a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group seminars, laboratory practicals, bedside clinical discussions, field projects, group work with peers and personal study. It emphasises experiential learning by immersing students in the clinical and public health issues facing East Africa today. 

Experienced physicians lead small group sessions and a substantial proportion of the programme is directly related to clinical practice. The programme is paperless with lecture notes and references supplied electronically on a memory stick as the course goes along. Students should therefore bring a laptop computer. A general textbook and laboratory practical book are supplied by the course and included in the fees. A wider reading list is provided. Each module has specific learning objectives with content designed to help students achieve these outcomes. Students are expected to learn through both directed and self-directed study. 

The programme is assessed using a variety of methods, which reflect its emphasis on practical skills alongside standard knowledge-based outcomes. In-course assignments or assessments will contribute towards 40% of the final grade, and end-of-course final examinations towards 60% (further details are given below). These tasks are designed to assess whether intended learning outcomes have been met. 

All assessments will be double-marked. Students are given regular informal feedback during practical sessions. To guide their personal study and revision, students receive in-course assessment marks, individually and prior to the final examinations.


  • Dr Philip Gothard 
  • Dr Amaya Bustinduy (Deputy) 

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

The DTM&H: East African Partnership programme is open to doctors who hold a medical qualification from a recognised medical school in any country and are registered to practice medicine by their national regulatory authority.  Preference will normally be given to doctors who have several years’ experience in clinical practice with an aptitude for clinical research who can demonstrate intent to work in Africa. 

Nurses, clinical officers and other medical professionals without a medical degree cannot be admitted since the programme is open to fully qualified physicians. There are two types of applicants: full fees and scholarship. Scholarship places are only open to doctors from low- and middle-income countries.  Scholarships will be awarded competitively. All students will be required to show an original or notarised copy of their primary medical qualification to a representative of LSHTM Registry at registration. 

A copy of this will be kept on record. Comprehensive travel health insurance is mandatory and will be checked in advance. Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English and of English comprehension.  The School may ask applicants to provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of English; a list of approved tests is available on request.  

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 7500 International
  • GBP 7500 EU/EEA


Full scholarships are competitively awarded to postgraduate doctors from low- and middle-income countries. There is an administrative fee.

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