Course overview
The Nagasaki Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) is a three month, full time taught course in Japan and the Philippines. The course was established in 2019 and is taught by lecturers from Japan, UK, the Philippines and other countries. We welcome applications from doctors who are planning to work with international health missions, work in travel clinics, undertaking infectious diseases training, or from those with a general interest in the field.

Aims & objectives
The aim of this course is to equip medical doctors with the knowledge and skills to practice medicine and promote public health in resource limited regions. It also aims to spark research interest in global health and encourage students to go for higher degrees such as Masters and PhDs in related fields.

The course covers important infectious diseases that are prevalent in resource limited regions including tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV, as well as neglected tropical and non-communicable diseases. The course contains eight academic modules linked with the Master of Tropical Medicine (MTM) course that are taught and assessed in Nagasaki in first 10 weeks of the course, followed by 2 weeks of clinical and public health teaching in San Lazaro Hospital, Manila (1 week) and Leyte (1 week) (subject to travel restrictions). In Nagasaki, the main modes of education are lectures, group discussion and lab practicals. In the Phillippines, bedside teaching,  lectures/discussion and fieldwork in the communities are the main focus.

The course is approved by American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), which means graduates can apply to sit the CTropMed exam  or the Royal College of Physicians UK DTM&H exam.

Medical doctors with 2 years of work experience.

As the course is taught in English, students should have good language ability, but it does not have to be perfect. The course provides a good opportunity to improve your medical English and catch-up sessions for non-native speakers will be provided. If you do not have a certificate of English language test, please contact us. We will evaluate your English language ability with a short writing assignment or interview.

Teaching & credit
The course is delivered in module format with contents mainly from microbiology, clinical tropical medicine and integrated public health. Total learning time is approximately 320 hours including 240 hours of lectures and self-study andlaboratory work and 80 hours of field trip.

DTM&H course is run in Nagasaki which is one of the historic cities as well as the capital city of Nagasaki Prefecture located in Kyushu island in Japan. Students need to manage their accommodation by themselves. For international students, further information on accommodation options can be provided

Course dates 2021:
April 1 to June 25 [to be confirmed]

Hybrid option: first half of the course online and second half face-to-face. This is an option for busy doctors who are unable to take time off to attend the whole course. Students can join lectures remotely during April and then join the course after Golden week. The online learning system will be made available from January to allow time to review course material in advance.

Intake Quota:
24 students
*If the DTM&H course is oversubscribed, have you considered the Master of Tropical Medicine (MTM) course?
This is a one-year course that starts in October each year and includes the DTM&H.
The application period is generally in January and the application process and forms are available on the TMGH website here.

Tuition fees
JPY 400,000 [to be confirmed]
*excluding flight fares, accommodation and personal expenses (tentatively budget at least 400,000 JPY for Japan and Philippines costs). We encourage enquiries and applications from students from low-income countries.

Overseas students should ask their local British Council Office or their own government education department or organisation for details of scholarships and grants available. It should be noted that most of the candidates attending this course will be self-funded.

Fee deadline:
The course fee should be paid in full as indicated in the acceptance letter for admission.

How to apply
Application period closed

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Student are responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible. The course administration can provide supporting documentation if requested.

TMGH academic administrative office

Course director
Chris Smith

Photos from previous courses

Student Testimonials
“長崎大学熱帯医学・グローバルヘルス研究科(TMGH)にてDiploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygieneを取得しました!
期間は4-6月の3ヶ月、講義は全て英語です。LSHTMから素晴らしい講師陣による実臨床に基づいた熱帯医学の講義があり、実習ではマラリア検体を実際に染色したり、寄生虫の虫卵を観察しました。またフィリピンでの2週間の病院実習ではbed side teachingがあり、狂犬病、デング熱や結核、麻疹患者などの診察を行いました。

“Finally, I got a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H) in Nagasaki! DTM&H started from 1899 in London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), then this was a first-trial DTM&H in Nagasaki. There were great lectures from LSHTM professors and wonderful lab practices. We went to the Philippines for 2 weeks for field works. I saw Rabies, Dengue, Tuberculosis, Measles cases, etc. They have become precious experiences to me. THANK YOU!”