Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene(DTM&H)

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Course overview
The Nagasaki Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) is an 11 week, full time taught course in Japan. The course was established in 2019 and is taught by lecturers from Japan, the UK, the Philippines and many other countries. We welcome applications from doctors who are planning to work with international health missions, work in travel clinics, or from those with a general interest in the field.
The course is approved by the 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.

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 academic modules linked with the Master of Tropical Medicine (MTM).  Total learning time is approximately 300 hours including, lectures, group discussion, self-study and laboratory work.

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 and we can arrange an informal interview/discussion.

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

Course dates:
2023: April 3 to June 16
2024: April 1-June 14 (tentative)
2025: April 1-June 13 (tentative)

Tentative schedule for 2023
April 3-7: HIV, malaria, various topics
April 10-14: TB, various topics
April 17-21: Leishmaniasis, humanitarian emergencies, various topics
April 24-28: various topics
May 1-5: Golden week, course break
May 8-12: Maternal & child health, non-communicable diseases
May 15-19: Labs practicals, lectures, various topics
May 22-26: Labs practicals, lectures, various topics
May 29-June 2: Labs practicals, lectures, clinical cases
June 5-9: Clinical cases, revision
June 12-16: Revision, exams, closing

An ‘Introduction to Tropical Medicine’ module will be made available online learning system to review, one month in advance of the course.

Intake Quota:
28 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
450,000 JPY
(350,000 JPY for students who completed the Certificate in Tropical Medicine [CTM] course)

Overseas students should ask 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
The application period is in October-November.
The application period for the 2023 course is from October 7th to November 7th 2022 . Please apply here.

Register interest in future Nagasaki University tropical medicine courses here

Students 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.

Linked courses
Philippines Tropical Medicine Course
A 2-week practical clinical and public health tropical medicine course in San Lazaro Hospital, Manila (1 week) and Leyte (1 week) comprising bedside teaching, lectures/discussion and fieldwork in the communities. Intake quota is limited to 24 students and priority will be given to current DTM&H students and DTM&H graduates.
Certificate in Tropical Medicine (CTM)
A 6-month part-time online course to teach doctors key concepts of diseases that are especially prevalent in tropical and developing countries where resources may be limited. Students can attend live lectures during April-June and access lecture recordings and other materials in their own time through the online learning system according to their preference. The course includes most of the didactic sessions from the DTM&H course but does not include laboratory practicals or interactive clinical case discussions. Assessment is with an online Multiple Choice exam.

Key differences of tropical medicine courses

Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H)Certificate in Tropical Medicine (CTM)Philippines Tropical Medicine Course
IntensityFull timePart timeFull time
Duration11-weeks6 months2 weeks
CertificateProfessional DiplomaCertificateCertificate


TMGH academic administrative office:
Chris Smith (course director):

Please note that in addition to the course team’s personal email addresses, the following email address is also used for course communications:

Photos from previous courses

Student Testimonials

“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. They have become precious experiences to me. THANK YOU!”

“There are three good things about this course: first, my English has improved dramatically; second, my knowledge of infectious diseases has deepened; and third, I have made friends from all over the world with different backgrounds”

“Many of the lecturers were at the top of their fields and had a sense of mission, and they spoke to us with a passion far beyond their own”

“It was diverse and very informative. Hybrid teaching, video recordings, supportive organizers make this course unique. Lab practicals were great”

“The course went very good, even better than I expected. Study materials, handouts and recorded videos all are very good”