6 - 8 Months (Self Paced)
Maximum Allowed Duration: 24 Months
Expected Effort: 10-15 hours/week
This program provides you with a strong knowledge base of tropical medicine, public health surveillance and immunization research. This is a program for you if you desire to develop or enhance your career as front line healthcare provider.
TOTAL CREDITS: 32
Next Commencement Date
Why study this program?
Tropical Medicine is a branch of medicine primarily related to healthcare delivery in tropical and subtropical regions and also includes multiple aspects of travelers’ medicine, international medicine, geographic medicine and global health.
The history behind emergence of tropical medicine is closely related to the impact created in the medieval era due to extensive imperial expansion creating compulsions for travel to the tropics.
Even after the cessation of colonial expeditions tropical medicine gained impetus and now-a-days is even more relevant due to the opportunities for travel created by socioeconomic interactions globally. Further, the global sharing of information and data analytics has created opportunities for researchers in tropical medicine to better understand infectious disease epidemiology and design novel ways to either prevent or cure the conditions.
In the past tropical medicine has been primarily thought of as a specialty of professionals working in infectious diseases. However, tropical medicine has evolved over time to include the various multi-disciplinary activities related to generation and practicing evidence based recommendations for most of the healthcare delivery aspects primarily concerned with the tropics.
Tropical Medicine practice requires a robust understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and also necessitates a good knowledge about public health surveillance, public health informatics, immunization practices and research.
Physicians, public health and allied healthcare professionals with an added knowledge about Tropical Medicine, Public Health Surveillance and Immunization research are at an advantage to develop an illustrious career in the industry, academia or public sector agencies related to developing and implementing evidence based healthcare delivery systems in the tropics and subtropics.
The Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance and Immunization (APGDTMSI) is focused towards healthcare professionals and students of allied specialties who would like to work or conduct research related to tropical medicine and public health surveillance and immunization. This program would also be beneficial for healthcare professionals already practicing tropical medicine in developing countries and would like to update their knowledge base related to infectious, parasitic and other tropical health problems. In addition, this program also includes a detailed study of public health surveillance including the revolutionary role of informatics in transforming healthcare in the tropics.
What will be taught?
MODULE 01: SKILLS FOR TROPICAL MEDICINE
MODULE 02: OVERVIEW OF MAJOR SYSTEMS (EPIDEMIOLOGY & EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE)
MODULE 03: TROPICAL LABORATORY MEDICINE
MODULE 04: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
MODULE 05: NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS AND DEFICIENCY DISEASES
MODULE 06: TROPICAL PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY
PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEILLANCE
MODULE 07: INTRODUCTION TO SURVEILLANCE
MODULE 08: DATA AND COMMUNICATION
MODULE 09: EVALUATION AND REGULATIONS
MODULE 10: PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND POPULATION HEALTH
MODULE 11: RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION
IMMUNOLOGY AND EPIDEMIOLOGY OF VACCINES
MODULE 12: GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNIZATION
MODULE 13: SAFE IMMUNIZATION
MODULE 14: IMMUNIZATION OF SPECIAL GROUPS
MODULE 15: MAJOR VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES
TOTAL CREDITS: 32
MODE OF STUDY: ONLINE
OPTIONAL UPGRADE TO MASTER'S LEVEL: James Lind Institute in collaboration with the International Telematic University, UNINETTUNO, Rome, Italy conducts a Master of Science in Health Management. Students who complete the Advanced PG Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance & Immunization and who meet the eligibility criteria for master's can opt for an upgrade to this program by submitting the difference in total fee plus a nominal university transfer fee (USD 250/-). Students who opt for this option will directly join the Stage 2 of the master's program. More information about the master's program is available here: M.Sc in Health Management
How will I be assessed?
Course assessment involves online multiple choice questions for each lecture, followed by assignments for each study module.
Am I eligible?
The minimum eligibility criteria for Advanced PG Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance and Immunization (APGDTMSI) would include either of the following:
- Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc
- Degree in Medicine
- Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Any degree in Chemistry / Biostatistics / Bioinformatics
- Any degree in Nursing / Allied Health.
- Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses are also eligible to apply.
If you lack the above mentioned educational prerequisite you may still be eligible to apply if you have some prior work experience in public health / health management / allied areas. Please contact our admission representatives / counsellor to discuss your case.
What support will I receive?
Throughout the course, the students can interact with the faculty and other students via the e-Campus to discuss any coursework related issues.
Each student enrolled in the Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance & Immunization Course (APGDTMSI) is also assigned a mentor throughout the course who will be a senior professional from the industry. Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance if required and career development support via the “Student Success Team”.
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People with training in tropical medicine, public health surveillance and immunization can explore career opportunities with multiple healthcare organizations and contribute to the well being of the society. Career opportunities can be explored with hospitals, NGO's, healthcare clinics, research centers, and other government agencies involved in providing healthcare etc.
Tropical Medicine also known as International Medicine is becoming more complex with the growing global threats of many infectious and non-communicable illnesses, existing inequalities in health and quality of health care, growing number of global health initiatives, sub-standard public health care systems, overlooked health issues and vast translation gaps from research to policy and practice.