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Title: Parasitology in International Health (PIH)
Keywords: Tropical medicine
Medical & Clinical sciences
Communicable diseases
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of International Health, Berlin
Course coordinator: Hanspeter Marti
Date start: 2023-02-06
Date end: 2023-02-10
About duration and dates: 1 week
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health,
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany
ECTS credit points: 1.5 ECTS credits
45 hours SIT
● Contact: 30 hours (included 3 hours of exam and feedback)
● Self-directed learning: 15 hours
Language: English
By the end of the CMTD course, students should be able to:
● Analyse the value of diagnostic parasitology and entomology in theory and practice (microscopy)
● Perform parasitological and entomological diagnostics
● Assess past and present efforts for control or eradication of parasitic diseases, including vector control
Assessment Procedures:
A 1-hour written closed-book exam with multiple choice/short answer questions (60% of total grade), and a 1-hour microscopy examination (40% of total grade).
The student passes if in both exams ≥ 60% of the questions are answered correctly. If the student fails s/he can re-sit on a date agreed on with the module coordinator. A second re-sit is allowed but may be linked to conditions set by the Committee of Admissions and Degrees, such as re-doing the course in the following year or using a different type of assessment.
This module builds on teaching of tropical medicine in the core course and covers the following aspects:
● Microscopic diagnostic of helminthic diseases, malaria, and other protozoal diseases
● Serology in parasitology
● Medical entomology
● Control and eradication of parasitic diseases: e.g. soil transmitted helminths, malaria, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, dracunculiasis
The course uses participatory learning, based on interactive lectures (15 hrs), microscopy exercises (9 hrs), laboratory practical/demonstration (3 hrs), as well as self-directed learning (15 hrs). (Exam & feedback 3 hrs)
Basic parasitological and entomological knowledge (e.g. as acquired in the MScIH core course, or clinicians with experience in microbiology, tropical medicine etc.).
If not a native speaker: Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate equivalent to a TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0.
Max. number of students: 25
Students have to attend 85% of the face-to-face sessions.
Candidates for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Public Health (DTMPH), who apply in time, i.e. before the application deadline (see above) expires, have priority over MScIH/tropEd students, alumni, and guest students. However, 10 places are reserved for tropEd students. Otherwise, places are allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
412.50 € for tropEd/MScIH students and alumni
515.63 € for DTMPH participants and guest students
Scholarships: Not available
Major changes since initial accreditation:
● 2015: Adaptation of learning objectives and content: Students in 2013 and 2014 expressed their priority to learn and practice parasitological diagnostics and found the group work on outlining a disease control programs less useful
● 2018: Dr Ard Nijhof (FU Berlin) has taken over the entomology part from Prof Günter Schaub (Ruhr-University, Bochum)
Student evaluation:
● In earlier years students criticized an excess of overlap between core course and advanced module content. This has been corrected since 2015
● Students particularly value the practical microscopy exercises
Lessons learned:
Instead of making an assumption about students’ priorities (here: that they would value the opportunity of outlining a disease control program) it is advisable to conduct a consultation among students and alumni before developing a module.
tropEd accreditation:
● Accredited in January 2013 (Brescia) - valid until January 2018
● Re-accredited in February 2015 (London) - valid until February 2020
● Re-accredited in February 2021 (Online) - valid until February 2026
We recommend the following textbooks:
● Beeching N, Gill V. Lecture Notes Tropical Medicine. Blackwell Publishing/John Wiley & Sons, 7th edn., 2014, 411 pp.
● Davidson Rm Brent A, Seale A. Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine. Oxford University Press, 4th edn., 2014, 1010 pp.
● WHO. Bench Aids for the diagnosis of intestinal parasites, 2020
● WHO. Bench Aids for the diagnosis of filarial infections, 1997
● WHO. Bench Aids for the diagnosis of malaria infections, 2000
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Date Of Record Creation: 2013-02-25 03:14:46 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2013-02-25 03:26:00 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-27 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-01-11 13:21:53 (W3C-DTF)

Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany