Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine Course

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The Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine (GHHM) course is a part-time, online and classroom-based course. It’s run by Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to provide affordable, global access to high-quality education in tropical medicine. 

We’ve developed the course with international academics, MSF staff, clinicians and medical experts to provide outstanding teaching.

Who’s it for? 

The course is designed to equip doctors with the basic knowledge needed to work in tropical medicine. The course prepares you to sit the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H) exam offered by the Royal College of Physicians UK (or other exams of similar quality). 

Course duration

The course will run from June 2019 until the DTM&H exam in April 2020. 

Flexible teaching approach 

We teach the course using: 
  • Weekly lectures from 1600 to 1800 hours IST at our collaborating sites in India. The lectures can be attended in person or remotely via webinar
  • Online moderated case discussions
  • An online platform of audio-visual and written resources.

Time commitment

The course, while part-time, is equivalent to a three-month full-time study commitment. In addition to the two-hour weekly lectures, you’ll be expected to spend four to five hours per week on the online platform, self-learning. 

There’ll be additional face-to-face teaching days including 16 hours of Laboratory-based training sessions held in our collaborating academic site.

Course content

The GHHM course is loosely based on the content of the Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine and covers much of the syllabus required by the DTM&H exam. 

It also has a strong focus on the practical and public health aspects of working with humanitarian organisations such as MSF.

Our success rates

In the pilot year 2017-2018 of the course in India, the students achieved outstanding results in the DTM&H exam, with a pass rate of 75%. The 2018-19 cohort will write the exam on 18th April 2019. 

Entry criteria

  • Minimum qualification: MBBS
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience post internship
  • Full Medical Council registration
  • Places will be prioritised for students :
  • with more than two years’ experience as a doctor
  • who work in or intend to work in tropical or international contexts
  • Places are not allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • For overseas students, time zone differences could be an issue as lectures are held from 16:00 – 18:00 Hours IST.
  • This is an English language course and a good standard of English comprehension is required.
  • Please note that while MSF runs this course, it’s not a requirement that you have or wants to work with MSF. We consider everyone equally who works with (or is intending to work with) government, non-governmental voluntary organisations or in or in low and middle-income settings.

Commitment to the course

If you’re undertaking other professional studies or exams at the same time, we strongly encourage you to consider how this will impact on your ability to commit to the GHHM course. Inability to participate adequately during the course will result in not being certified to sit the DTM&H exam and failure in GHHM course completion. 

Criteria for GHHM course completion

  • Attendance in the weekly real-time webinars. At the end of the course, a student will have to have 70% or more attendance in the real-time webinars.
  • There are online activities, which run on the GHHM platform, and the students are required to contribute to those activities/cases/discussions. At the end of the course, it is mandatory to have a minimum of 70% participation in online activities.
  • Participation in the 16 hours of basic microscopy and parasitology laboratory training in one of the collaborating sites in India.

How to apply

The applications for the GHHM 2019-20 cohort are closed. The applications for the new cohort open in spring of 2020.​

If you have any questions please contact us on

Please note that this application is for students wanting to join the GHHM Course at the India site only.

For those wishing to apply for the GHHM course at the UK site, please contact

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