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MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health (pre-course info)

General welcome

We congratulate you on having chosen this MSc, which is targeted at practising physicians and offers the broadest choice of study modules of any at LSHTM. We hope you will enjoy your time in London, that you will benefit from the unique atmosphere of LSHTM, and that you will acquire knowledge and skills that will enhance your effectiveness in meeting the challenges of Tropical Medicine & International Health in the 21st century. We can promise you that you will make friends from all over the world and have an interesting time.

Term 1

The MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health will deliver key parts of the Term 1 Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H) module face-to-face, to include laboratory parasitology practical training, small group clinical case discussions and other sessions - for example - in paediatric resuscitation and ultrasound. These will require you to be available on campus in London for at least 5 weeks from Monday 2 November to Friday 4 December 2020.

The remainder of Term 1 will take place online, and the dominant method for teaching will be live broadcast lectures with Q&A and discussion in real time, and thus for maximum access and benefit it will be advisable to plan to be in or near the UK time zone.

Term 2

In Term 2, it is planned that modules involving laboratory training will operate face-to-face, so MSc TMIH students are advised to plan to be in London for Term 2 in order to retain these modules as options that can be chosen. However please note that depending on the COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time, lab-based modules may not be available.

We are planning to hold revision sessions for your January term module exams face-to-face in the first week of January and hope that the building will be open for you to access the library and computer facilities. Please be aware that these plans could be revised or overturned by an escalation of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reading list

You do not need to read anything in advance, however the first term covers material for the DTM&H: medical parasitology and entomology; tropical public health,  clinical teaching,  and an introduction to clinical epidemiology, clinical trials  and the medical literature. If you want to prepare yourself gently for these topics, we suggest taking a look at the following:

- A basic tropical medicine textbook e.g. Lecture Notes: Tropical Medicine (G. Gill, N. Beeching)
- A basic book about statistics e.g. Essentials of Medical Statistics (B. Kirkwood, J. Sterne)
- An introduction to critically appraising and reading the literature e.g. How to Read a Paper (Trisha Greenhalgh)
- An introduction to clinical trials e.g. Fundamentals of Clinical Trials (Friedman, Furberg, DeMets)
- A basic epidemiology book e.g. Epidemiology (Gordis) or Epidemiology: a research manual for South Africa (Gina Joubert, Rodney Ehrlich) – this is the one written most from a developing country perspective

As a ‘big’ tropical medicine textbook we recommend Principles of Medicine in Africa for those of you who expect to work in Africa; but we do not recommend you buy this before coming unless you have direct access to the ELBS edition via a developing country address or a stated intention to practice in low-/middle-income countries, as we can get good deals via the editors and publishers.

Programme administrator

George Vrettakos in the Teaching Support Office is the programme administrator for the MSc and the DTM&H short course. George will be happy to advise you about where and when things are happening. After enrolment you will receive a copy of the programme handbook, and we will discuss the programme in more detail in the introductory sessions.

Programme handbook

MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health 2020-21 (pdf)

Page last updated September 2020