Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine course

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

It's run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to provide affordable, global access to high-quality education in tropical medicine.

Who’s it for? 

The course is open to qualified medical doctors from all countries and at all stages of their training.

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

Course duration

The course runs part-time over 11 months from June to April. The next course year is expected to start in June 2020 until the DTM&H exam in April 2021.

Flexible teaching approach

Teaching centres around weekly lectures every Wednesday 6-8pm BST/GMT. Didactic lectures are complimented with weekly online moderated case discussions and quizzes via an interactive online platform.

Online or classroom?

We offer a number of face to face places for doctors who are in the UK and able to attend weekly lectures in person. Online places are prioritised for applicants from outside of the UK. 

We also offer the GHHM South Asia course entirely online, so if you are based in the South Asia region apply to our GHHM South Asia course.

Time commitment

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 spend four to five hours per week on the online platform for self-learning. There are additional teaching days on weekends in December 2020 and April 2021 near the exam.

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

If you're presently undertaking other professional studies or exams, we strongly encourage you to consider how this will impact on 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.

Course content

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.

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

Course fees

Fees are determined according to where applicants are presently domiciled:

  • UK & European Economic Area (EEA) based students: £2,400
  • Non-UK & non-EEA based students: £650

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

Entry criteria

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

Numbers for face to face students and online students are limited. Places will be prioritised for students:

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

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

For oversees students, time zone differences could be an issue as lectures are held from 6pm - 8pm BST/GMT. 

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

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

While MSF runs this course, it's not a requirement that you have or want to work with MSF. If you are presently working with MSF, please ensure you discuss an application with Head of Mission or Medical Coordinator.

2021/22 GHHM Course

Applications for the 2021/22 GHHM Course will open early Spring 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon.

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