6 - 8 Months (Self Paced)
Maximum Allowed Duration: 24 Months
Expected Effort: 10-15 hours/week
This program provides you with a strong knowledge base of tropical medicine, public health surveillance and immunization research. This is a program for you if you desire to develop or enhance your career as front line healthcare provider.
TOTAL CREDITS: 32
Next Start Date
Why study this program?
Tropical Medicine is a branch of medical science concerned primarily with the healthcare delivery in tropics and subtropics and also includes the multiple facets of travelers’ medicine, international medicine and global health.
Tropical Medicine has an illustrious historical background closely linked to the footprints of medieval travel, imperial expansion and associated socioeconomic evolution. Taking its birth in the colonial era this specialty of medicine is far more relevant now-a-days due to the increasing amount of global travel, information sharing and data analytics which makes the prevention of tropical infections a global endeavour with inter-geographic advantages.
Tropical medicine has traditionally been closely related with professionals working in infectious diseases. However, over time the discipline has evolved to include interdisciplinary activities related to creation and implementation of evidence based recommendations for infectious and non-infectious conditions which may be directly or indirectly concerned with the tropics. Apart from the basic tenets of infectious disease medicine, tropical medicine practice also necessitates a thorough understanding of ‘public health surveillance and informatics’ and immunization research.
A concrete knowledge base in Tropical Medicine, Public Health Surveillance and Immunization Research’ is a great credential for physicians, public health and allied healthcare professionals who desire to develop or enhance their career as front line healthcare providers as well as develop and implement preventive and therapeutic programs related to the tropical health.
The Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance and Immunization (APGDTMSI) is aimed towards healthcare professionals and students pursuing related studies who would like to practice or do research in tropical medicine. This program also serves as an educational resource for healthcare professionals already practicing in developing countries who require an update on infectious, parasitic and other tropical health problems. Additionally the program also includes an in-depth study of public health surveillance including the role of informatics in transforming healthcare.
What will be taught?
MODULE 01: SKILLS FOR TROPICAL MEDICINE
MODULE 02: OVERVIEW OF MAJOR SYSTEMS (EPIDEMIOLOGY & EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE)
MODULE 03: TROPICAL LABORATORY MEDICINE
MODULE 04: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
MODULE 05: NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS AND DEFICIENCY DISEASES
MODULE 06: TROPICAL PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY
PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEILLANCE
MODULE 07: INTRODUCTION TO SURVEILLANCE
MODULE 08: DATA AND COMMUNICATION
MODULE 09: EVALUATION AND REGULATIONS
MODULE 10: PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND POPULATION HEALTH
MODULE 11: RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION
IMMUNOLOGY AND EPIDEMIOLOGY OF VACCINES
MODULE 12: GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNIZATION
MODULE 13: SAFE IMMUNIZATION
MODULE 14: IMMUNIZATION OF SPECIAL GROUPS
MODULE 15: MAJOR VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES
TOTAL CREDITS: 32
MODE OF STUDY: ONLINE
OPTIONAL UPGRADE TO MASTER'S LEVEL: James Lind Institute in collaboration with the International Telematic University, UNINETTUNO, Rome, Italy conducts a Master of Science in Health Management. Students who complete the Advanced PG Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance & Immunization and who meet the eligibility criteria for master's can opt for an upgrade to this program by submitting the difference in total fee plus a nominal university transfer fee (USD 250/-). Students who opt for this option will directly join the Stage 2 of the master's program. More information about the master's program is available here: M.Sc in Health Management
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on an ongoing basis by the faculty based on the following criteria:
One is the completion of the online multiple choice question tests that follow each lesson; and second is the timely submission of assignments for each study module within the JLI e-Campus.
Your academic performance in the program will be assessed on a 4 point GPA scale. More details about our evaluation system is available in the following link: Evaluation System
Am I eligible?
The minimum eligibility criteria for Advanced PG Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance and Immunization (APGDTMSI) would include either of the following:
- Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc
- Degree in Medicine
- Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Any degree in Chemistry / Biostatistics / Bioinformatics
- Any degree in Nursing / Allied Health.
- Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses are also eligible to apply.
If you lack the above mentioned educational prerequisite you may still be eligible to apply if you have some prior work experience in public health / health management / allied areas. Please contact our admission representatives / counsellor to discuss your case.
What support will I receive?
As a student you can interact online with the faculty members and fellow students to network and to discuss important topics via your e-Campus. The faculty promptly answers all questions related to the study in the Online Campus Tutoring Center (OCTC).
Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance if required and career development support via the “Student Success Team”.
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People with training in tropical medicine, public health surveillance and immunization can explore career opportunities with multiple healthcare organizations and contribute to the well being of the society. Career opportunities can be explored with hospitals, NGO's, healthcare clinics, research centers, and other government agencies involved in providing healthcare etc.
Tropical Medicine also known as International Medicine is becoming more complex with the growing global threats of many infectious and non-communicable illnesses, existing inequalities in health and quality of health care, growing number of global health initiatives, sub-standard public health care systems, overlooked health issues and vast translation gaps from research to policy and practice.