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 2020 until the DTM&H exam in April 2021. 

Flexible teaching approach

We teach the course using: 

  • Weekly lectures from 1600 to 1800 hours IST at our collaborating sites in South Asia. 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.

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 want 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. 

Course Fees

Fees are determined according to where applicants are presently domiciled:

  • UK & European Economic Area (EEA) based students: £2,400
  • Non-UK & non-EEA based students: £650

The course fee includes the cost of the parasitology training required of all students. The fee does not include travel & accommodation costs or the DTM&H exam fee. 

Region applying from

This application is for GHHM South Asia course only. If you’ re not based in any of the below listed regions apply for the GHHM UK COURSE.

  • Central Asia
  • South Asia
  • East Asia China
  • Middle East-South West Asia
  • Southeast Asia

Before you apply

Please ensure that you have:

  • read all the relevant information about the course
  • meet the course requirements.

The applications for 2020-21 cohort are closed now

If you have any questions please contact us on ghhm.southasia@new-delhi.msf.org

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

For those wishing to apply for the GHHM course at the UK website, please contact ghhm@london.msf.org.

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