Tropical Dermatology


The School is partnered with the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in providing education in Tropical Dermatology. This course provides up to date teaching on the diagnosis and management of skin disorders affecting individuals living in or travelling to tropical settings.

Overview - Tropical Dermatology

The course will run for three consecutive days (Wednesday to Friday). Teaching will be by staff from the Department of Infectious & Tropical Diseases at the School, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and invited external speakers eminent in the field of dermatology and infectious diseases, all of whom have experience of working in the tropical and resource limited settings.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who are involved in the management of skin disorders. It aims to provide health care professionals with an opportunity to develop and update their knowledge and skills in tropical dermatology. The course is open to registered medical practitioners, registered nurses and other health care professionals with an interest in skin health.


This course has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK for 18 Category 1 (external) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits in previous years and we expect the same approval will be granted for the 2020-intake.

Methods of assessment

There will be no formal examination or assessment, but a Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those completing the course.

Teaching methods

Teaching will be through lectures, discussions, problem solving workshops and the use of technology to access current health information.

Course objectives
Course objectives - Tropical Dermatology

The main objectives are to understanding of:

  • The impact of tropical and other skin disorders affecting people in the tropics
  • The diagnosis and management of tropical skin disorders

The course will cover a range of topics relevant to tropical dermatology:

  • The burden of skin disease in tropical and resource limited settings
  • Ectodermal parasitic skin disease
  • Fungal infections of the skin
  • Filariasis, lymphoedema and podoconiosis
  • Helminths and the skin
  • HIV and associated opportunistic infections of the skin
  • Leprosy
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Other mycobacterial skin infections
  • Public health interventions
  • Pyoderma
  • Teledermatology
  • Travel-related skin problems
  • Yaws and other treponematoses
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Non-communicable skin disease in tropical settings
  • Wound management
How to apply
How to apply - Tropical Dermatology

Applying for this course

Applications are closed. Please register interest for 2021.

Please read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

Short courses - visas, accommodation, disclaimer


The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team can provide supporting documentation if requested.


A list of hotels located in the vicinity of LSHTM, along with further resources for short term accommodation, can be found on our accommodation pages

Important information

Please note:

  • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and without having obtained the correct visa if required.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
  • LSHTM may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • LSHTM cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.