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Tropical Nursing, Professional Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 4 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Online
The Professional Diploma in Tropical Nursing (PDTN) from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has proven an outstanding success in preparing nurses to work in low-income settings and make significant contributions to world health. 
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First established in 1996, the Professional Diploma in Tropical Nursing (PDTN) from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is led by the highly experienced and world-renowned nurse, humanitarian and field worker, Dame Claire Bertschinger, from 1997 and who remains Director of the PDTN today.

The PDTN was the first programme of its kind that was designed with nurses in mind, acknowledging the vital role that they play in medicine and global health, whilst equipping them to work in a range of challenging circumstances with little or no infrastructural support.


The course covers a range of topics such as Public Health, Primary Health Care, Climate Crisis and Health, Medical Anthropology, Sanitation Technology, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Immunology, Parasitology, Conflict and Health, together with wide coverage of neglected, but often common, Tropical Diseases. Lecturers are experts in their fields, with most having had substantial experience working in resource-poor settings. To some degree, the PDTN programme retains some flexibility so as to be able to accommodate current global health concerns.

There is also a highly regarded laboratory element to the course, directed by Principal of Biomedical Sciences, Claire Rogers, Head of Teaching and Diagnostics. During this course students learn to recognise Malaria, TB, Leishmaniasis, Filariasis and other parasitic diseases, from their morphological features. Blood grouping, cross-matching and haemoglobin estimation are also demonstrated.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 4 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      (one day a week for 19 weeks)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate capability to plan, implement and evaluate primary care interventions in tropical and resource poor contexts.
  • Development of a nuanced understanding of the issues involved in caring for people of differing cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds
  • Application and understanding of laboratory methods available at local and district level clinics in resource poor countries, for the diagnosis of infectious diseases and other medical conditions, and for managing patient care based on analysis of the laboratory results
  • Develop effective cross cultural communication skills in challenging situations and around sensitive topics such as mother and child health issues.
  • Management of major tropical diseases and other complex nursing care for example diarrhoea and vomiting outbreaks in a resource poor setting
  • Develop increased resilience and the ability to manage and improvise provision of care in resource poor or complex emergency settings
  • Develop skills and approach to lifelong learning and continuing professional development that is grounded in current research.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • The programme is open to candidates with a degree who are currently registered as nurses or midwives.  It is recommended that they have two years post-registration experience by the start of the course applied for. 

  • Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirements but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. 
  • Candidates must be computer literate and have a good standard of written and spoken English and of English comprehension. LSHTM may ask the applicant to provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of English. LSHTM has approved certain English tests.
  • Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, as the course is heavily oversubscribed.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1800 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1800 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1800 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1800 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
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