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Course in Tropical Medicine

Do you want to learn more about tropical diseases and health conditions in the tropics? Now you have the opportunity to learn about this in the tropics, where both diseases and patients are located. Our course in tropical medicine consists of both online learning and a practical, compulsory field study in Tanga, Tanzania and is approved by Medicins sans Frontiers (MSF).

ONH Education, a sub-unit of Oslo New University College, organizes the course in tropical medicine in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and Tanga International Competence Centre (TICC). The course has a special focus on malaria, HIV and TB and introduction to Public Health (including Reproductive Health Care (RHC)/Maternal/Child Health). Please note that places are limited.

Who is this Course for?

If you would like to work in the tropics, e.g. in non-profit organizations such as Medicins sans Frontiers and the Red Cross, or if you are already working in the health care system, this course is perfect for you. More and more people travel to the tropics and will both needing advice and vaccinations before traveling, and medical knowledge about diseases they might get during the trip. You must be a medical doctor or nurse by profession, or hold a professional health background.

Practical Information

  • The practical part of the course in Tanzania consists of approximately 120 hours over 3 weeks.
  • The teaching language is mainly English.
  • In Tanzania the teaching takes place mainly in Tanga International Competence Centre.
  • You will have weekends off.
  • In addition to the practical part, there will be online learning before travelling to Tanzania.
  • There will be an online exam after the Tanzania trip is completed.
  • There is rolling admission but a limited number of places.

The 2020 price for the online course and the 3-week practical stay in Tanzania is NOK 46 000. This includes full board and accommodation in twin rooms in Tanzania. Beverages, Internet and travel expenses are additional costs. Oslo New University College reserves the right of sufficient number of participants.

Apply Now?

If you wish to participate in 2024, you should apply as soon as the dates are published as there are limited spaces/waiting lists. We will send more information about the course program once this is finalized. Your registration is not binding until you receive a possible offer with a courses contract. To accept, you will be asked to return your contract and pay the deposit of NOK 3 000 within the deadline in the offer letter. The rest of the course fee is payable in two installments before departure to Tanzania.

Your application should include your CV and documentation of your degree.

For more information or assistance before applying, please contact hei@oslonh.no.

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  1. HIV, TB and chronic Infections
  2. New-born diseases
  3. Intestinal Infections
  4. Child and Public Health
  5. Nutrition includingsuch diagnosis and managing of acute Malnutrition
  6. Travel medicine

The online part of the course was first introduced in 2014, and is the result of the Medicines sans Frontiers (MSF) wanting to increase the academic learning outcomes of the stay in Tanzania by introducing key issues in advance of the practicals. The online course must be completed before arriving in Tanzania to provide an equal, academic level amongst the participants, and to give everyone a good start t in Tanga. Information about the online course and log in-information to access our e-learning platform, Qybele, will be sent out in good time before departure. Oslo Nye University College has extensive experience with online teaching.

In this part of the course you will receive a comprehensive introduction to tropical medicine, with emphasis on theoretical aspects. The course has articles, exercises, references and films covering all central themes. It also provides the theoretical background for the practical course which will be held in Tanzania, to ensure you will take full advantage of the field trips. The online part of the course will be available for those who have been placed and accepted the tropical medicine course in good time before leaving for Tanzania.

Upon your return from Tanzania, there will be an online exam.

The final schedule will be handed out at the start of the course in Tanga. Please note that some changes to the scheduled course plan may occur. Dr. Thomas Schwartz (OUS) and Dr Per Gerlyng (LDS) are responsible course leaders from Norway and in Tanga, we collaborate with the National Institute for Medical research (NIMR), Tanga. The practical course includes classroom instruction as well as visits to villages, Health Centers and regional hospitals.

Tanga Medical Research Centre's website

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