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Diploma in Tropical Medicine

Learning Objectives or Outcomes

Upon completion of the Diploma in Tropical Medicine course, students will be able to:

1. Perform basic diagnostic procedures and identify the organisms that cause illness.

2. Describe critical basic concepts of epidemiology, biostatistics, ethics, health economics and policy and other public health topics as they relate to global health, and apply the type of statistics to analyze data.

3. Recognize and describe treatment of diseases (e.g., HTLV-1, yellow fever, Lyme disease, diphtheria, etc.), describe the vector biology involved in the transmission of certain pathogens and the public health methods of controlling or preventing these diseases.

4. Recognize and describe treatment of diseases (e.g., rickettsiae, ehrlichiosis, anaplasma, leptospirosis, etc.), describe the vector biology involved in the transmission of certain pathogens and the public health methods of controlling or preventing these diseases.

5. Describe the principles and management of childhood illness, reproductive healthcare, and current approaches to address health needs of women and children, apply diverse clinical sub-specialties focus on the tropics, and discuss the differential diagnosis for returning travelers with fever and/or eosinophilia.

Student Achievements

Two indicators of student achievements:

1. Course completion (percentage of students who pass the final exams of the modules on first attempt). Target is 95% course completion.

The diploma course was offered for the first time in summer 2012. As of summer 2014, the total number of students who took the final exams was 69; 3 students did not pass one or more modules on the first attempt resulting in a course completion rate of 96%.

2. CTropMed®-Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health Passing Rate. Target is 80% passing rate.

The CTropMed® is given in even years. No information is available at this time.