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Course overview
The Nagasaki Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) is a three month, full time taught course in Nagasaki and the Philippines. The course is taught by lecturers from Japan, UK,  and other countries who have clinical as well as research experience in tropical diseases. This course is intensive and designed to equip medical doctors with knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in resource limited regions, especially useful to the doctors who are planning to go to work in international health missions and those who would like to work travel clinics.

Aims & objectives
The aim of this course is to educate and train medical doctors 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 not only common infectious diseases that are prevalent in resource limited regions including tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV, but also 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). Lectures, laboratory practicals, and students group works on tropical medicine from various aspects that include microbiological, clinical, and socio-economical / public health aspects are the main modes of education in Nagasaki, whereas in Manila and Leyte, bedside teaching in hospitals, and observation, discussion and epidemiological investigation of diseases in the communities are the main focus.

The course is approved by American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), which means you can sit for the CTropMed exam ( which is an international exam for clinical tropical medicine and traveller’s health.

Medical doctors with 2 years of work experience.
As the course is taught in English, students should have good language ability. If you do not have a certificate of English language test, please contact us. We will evaluate your English language ability by interview and writing assignment.
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 300 hours including 190 hours of lectures and self-study, 30 hours of laboratory 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, Nagasaki University dormitories are available. However, you need to apply a few months ahead (generally in January for April intake); for further information, see:

Course dates 2020:
April 1 to June 26

Tuition fees
Will be announced shortly
Fee deadline:
The course fee should be paid in full as indicated in the acceptance letter for admission.

How to apply
Will be announced shortly

If required, the student is requested to apply for a visa to Japan as soon as possible once admitted to the course.

TMGH academic administration
Phone: +81-(0)95-819-2295

Course director
Chris Smith

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!”
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