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Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine course

The Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine (GHHM) course is a part-time, online and/or 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).

We welcome applications from qualified doctors from all countries and at all stages of their training.

Course duration

The course will run from June 2018 until the DTM&H exam in April 2019.

Flexible teaching approach

We teach the course using:

  • weekly lectures every Wednesday at MSF UK in central London. You can attend in person or remotely via webinar
  • online moderated case discussions
  • an online platform of audio-visual and written resources. 

Online or classroom?

If you are based in the UK, we expect you to join our classroom lectures every Wednesday evening. If you are overseas, we welcome you to join our online students.

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 on weekends in December 2018 and April 2019 near the exam.

You must attend one of the two-day laboratory-based training sessions held in London, Johannesburg and Amsterdam. 

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

While this is a new course, our students in the first and second pilot years achieved outstanding results in the DTM&H exam, with a pass rate of 85% in 2016/17. 

Entry criteria

The GHHM is open to doctors who hold a medical qualification from a recognised medical school in any country.

Numbers for face to face students and online students are limited to 50 each.

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 oversees students, time zone differences could be an issue as lectures are held from 6pm - 8pm GMT. 

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) the following organisations:

  • government
  • non-governmental
  • voluntary
  • or in low and middle-income settings.

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.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2018/19 GHHM UK course.

For those interested in appylying for the GHHM India course please contact

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