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 the School, 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.

The first week

Since the MSc includes an opportunity to take the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H) there will be a reasonably full week of seminars and lectures for this during the first week. Unlike other MScs therefore, the programme actually starts in orientation week, although the Wednesday is used for School-wide orientation events.

In addition to these DTM&H sessions, and School-wide events for orientation, we shall be meeting as a class twice during the week. These sessions will introduce you to the programme, discuss any questions arising and start on getting to know each other and the reasons why you are all here.  For the same reason, DTM&H sessions continue in ‘reading week’ in Term 1, though you do get reading week in Term 2.

Late arrival

Once it starts, the programme is very intense. We try to discourage late arrivals as they are disruptive of things like group tasks and even after a few days there is a lot of catching up to do. Furthermore, trying to register any later than after the first week of teaching may result in you being unable to join the programme. If for any reason you are unable to arrive on time, please get in touch with us through the Registry, as soon as possible.

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.

Hospital for Tropical Diseases

There will be clinical teaching sessions in small groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health students are welcome to the clinical/departmental meeting at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases at 8am every Thursday in the Duncan Catterall seminar room.

Friday forum

There will be an informal class gathering each Friday lunchtime (or other convenient time) where we will ask you to make a presentation about what you have been doing before coming to London or something that you think is interesting. Please come with something you are prepared to talk about. We have had all kinds of things from videos of weddings to experiences of managing Marburg epidemics, and it is a good way of getting to know your teachers and colleagues.

Programme administrator

Ryan Bradley in room G90B and on extension 8223 on the ground floor of the Keppel Street building is the programme administrator for the MSc and the DTM&H short course. Ryan will be happy to advise you about where and when things are happening. After registration you will receive a copy of the programme handbook, and we will discuss the programme in more detail in the introductory sessions.

Programme handbook

Coming soon

Page last updated April 2020