Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine course

The Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine (GHHM) course is a part-time, online and/or classroom-based course.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) run this course to ensure affordable, global access to high-quality education in tropical medicine.

The course is open to qualified medical doctors from all countries at different stages of their training. We ask that you have a minimum of two years’ experience post-graduation.

It's designed to equip doctors with the knowledge needed to work in tropical medicine and humanitarian settings. The course will prepare you to sit the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H) exam offered by the Royal College of Physicians UK

The course is also available in South Asia, so if you are based in the South Asia region please apply to our GHHM South Asia course.

Meet our students

GHHM alumni Ihsan, Hitham and Miguel share their experiences of the course.

About the course

The GHHM syllabus also has a strong focus on the practical and public health aspects of working with humanitarian organisations such as MSF.  

The GHHM course is loosely based on the content of the Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine and covers much of the syllabus required by the DTM&H exam.

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Teaching includes:

  • Didactic weekly lectures every Wednesday 18:00 – 20:00 BST/GMT
  • Weekly online moderated case discussions
  • Quizzes via an interactive online platform

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the 2021/22 class will be fully online.

The GHHM is open to doctors who hold a medical qualification from a recognised medical school in any country.

We'll prioritise you if you have:

  • more than two years experience as a doctor
  • worked in or intend to work in tropical or international contexts

Places are not allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Time zones

For overseas students, time zone differences could be an issue as lectures are held from 18:00 – 20:00 BST/GMT. 


This is an English language course and a good standard of English comprehension is required.

Internet connection

A stable internet connection is essential for participating in this course. It is recommended you have a minimum 400 Kbits/sec in internet bandwidth speed.


This is the GHHM UK course only. If you are based in any of the below listed regions you should apply for the GHHM South Asia course

  • Central Asia
  • South Asia
  • East Asia China
  • Middle East-South West Asia
  • Southeast Asia

Do I need to work for MSF?

While MSF runs this course, it's not a requirement that you have worked with or want to work with MSF.

If you are presently working with MSF, please ensure you discuss an application with your Head of Mission or Medical Coordinator.


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The course, while part-time, is equivalent to a three-month full-time study commitment.

In addition to the weekly lectures, you'll be expected to contribute to online moderated classes as part of a group of students from across the globe.  

Each week you will be given an activity to work through and submit.

You should plan to spend around one to two hours on these activities per week. We also advise that you allow for an extra one to two hours of self-directed learning per week. There are additional teaching days on weekends in December 2021 and April 2022 near the exam.

You must also attend one of the laboratory-based training sessions of a minimum of 16 hours. We offer laboratory training at our RCP accredited laboratories in London, Johannesburg and Amsterdam.  

The ability to offer in-person laboratory training will depend on the progress of the current global COVID pandemic, if we are not able to offer in-person training we will run the parasitology training online. 

If you're presently undertaking other professional studies or exams, we strongly encourage you to consider how this will impact your ability to commit to the GHHM course. Inability to participate adequately during the course will result in not being certified to sit the DTM&H exam.

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Fees are determined according to your country of residence.

The below tiers are based on World Bank income classifications

  1. £2,760 for students residing in the European Economic Area or a High Income Country (HIC)
  2. £750 for students residing in Upper Middle Income Countries (UMIC)
  3. £650 for students residing in Lower Middle Income Countries (LMIC)
  4. £550 for students residing in Low Income Countries (LIC)

Check the Tier list to find out which tier you fall into. 

The course fee includes the cost of the parasitology training required of all students. The fee does not include travel and accommodation costs or the DTM&H exam fee.

The 2021 DTM&H examination will be held virtually on 8 June 2021. The same may apply for the 2021-22 cohort in which case travel and accommodation costs may not be necessary.

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MSF-UK collects your personal data on this form for the sole purpose of administering the Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine Course. The data is processed under Article 6(1)(b) (performance of a contract) of the General Data Protection Regulation.

It is shared only with the academic institutions providing the course. If unsuccessful in your application, we will securely retain your data for one calendar year. If successful in your application we will securely retain your data for five years following your completion of the course, and after this will retain only basic contact information in order to maintain records of the course.

You have a right to object to the processing of your data, and to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office should you feel our processing of your personal data is not compliant with the law.

Read our privacy notice for full details of MSF-UK’s Privacy Policy, and how to contact us.

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Watch the Welcome to the GHHM Course Open Day video

2021/22 GHHM Course

Applications for the 2021/22 GHHM Course are now closed.