Course overview
The Nagasaki Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) is a 10 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 2022:
April 1 to June 10

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 the Golden week holiday. The online learning system will be made available to review course material in advance of the course.

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
*excluding flight fares, accommodation and personal expenses. 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
The application period is in October-November.
The application period for the 2022 course is now closed.

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. Tentative dates for 2022 are June 11-25, subject to the COVID-19 situation. Further details will be announced in due course.
Certificate of Tropical Medicine (CTM)
A 6-month (April to September) 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 during July to September 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 at the end of September. Applications will open in October 2021. The course fee is ¥200,000 JPN.

Key differences of tropical medicine courses

Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) Certificate of Tropical Medicine (CTM) Philippines Tropical Medicine Course
Location Nagasaki Online Philippines
Intensity Full time Part time Full time
Duration 10-weeks 6 months 2 weeks
Certificate Professional Diploma Certificate Certificate


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


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!”