Advanced PG Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance and Immunization

Key Facts

Duration
6-8 Months
Max. Duration
24 Months
Mode
Online
CREDITS
32 ECTS

Overview

Tropical Medicine is a branch of medicine primarily related to healthcare delivery in tropical and subtropical regions and also includes multiple aspects of travelers’ medicine, international medicine, geographic medicine and global health.
The history behind emergence of tropical medicine is closely related to the impact created in the medieval era due to extensive imperial expansion creating compulsions for travel to the tropics.
Even after the cessation of colonial expeditions tropical medicine gained impetus and now-a-days is even more relevant due to the opportunities for travel created by socioeconomic interactions globally. Further, the global sharing of information and data analytics has created opportunities for researchers in tropical medicine to better understand infectious disease epidemiology and design novel ways to either prevent or cure the conditions.

In the past tropical medicine has been primarily thought of as a specialty of professionals working in infectious diseases. However, tropical medicine has evolved over time to include the various multi-disciplinary activities related to generation and practicing evidence based recommendations for most of the healthcare delivery aspects primarily concerned with the tropics.
Tropical Medicine practice requires a robust understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and also necessitates a good knowledge about public health surveillance, public health informatics, immunization practices and research.

Physicians, public health and allied healthcare professionals with an added knowledge about Tropical Medicine, Public Health Surveillance and Immunization research are at an advantage to develop an illustrious career in the industry, academia or public sector agencies related to developing and implementing evidence based healthcare delivery systems in the tropics and subtropics.

The Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance and Immunization (APGDTMSI) is focused towards healthcare professionals and students of allied specialties who would like to work or conduct research related to tropical medicine and public health surveillance and immunization. This program would also be beneficial for healthcare professionals already practicing tropical medicine in developing countries and would like to update their knowledge base related to infectious, parasitic and other tropical health problems. In addition, this program also includes a detailed study of public health surveillance including the revolutionary role of informatics in transforming healthcare in the tropics.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The program is comprised of 15 modules that can be completed in about 6 to 8 months. For a detailed list of modules covered in this program, please refer to the curriculum.

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Curriculum

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
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
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

What is a credit?

A credit represents the amount of effort that is required to complete the program. Each module credit is equal to approximately 20 hours of study including lecture, tutorial, projects, assignment, field work etc. as may be applicable.

The curriculum for the course – Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance and Immunization (APGD-TMSI) is comprehensive and has been developed and evaluated by experienced professionals making it suitable for new graduates who want to make a career in this field as well as professionals already working in this or related areas.

How You Will Study

This program is conducted fully online.

Once you are enrolled you will be provided a username and password to login to our e-Campus. All the courses that you are supposed to study will be available in your account. You can log in and complete your courses at any time of your convenience. Study materials are provided in the form of lectures, reading materials, additional videos, research papers, and so on. The faculty can be contacted for any assistance when required. All tests and assignment submissions also take place via the e-Campus. For more information please refer to the online learning section of the website.

Important Dates

Next Start Date: 15 Aug 2022
Application Deadline: 12 Aug 2022

Assessments

  • Multiple Choice Questions

    Each lesson that you study online will be followed by a multiple choice question test. These usually comprise of 15 to 20 questions and can be attempted multiple times if needed. Pass percentage is 60%. The next unit in the sequence only unlocks once you have passed the test.

  • Project Work

    Each module is followed by a project or an assignment. This is like writing an essay in 1000 to 1500 words. The project topic and the guidelines to be followed will be available in your account.

Academic Support

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 can be contacted via personal messaging, emails, or phone, if required.

Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance via our “Student Success Team”.

In addition, soon after enrolment, each participant registered in this course is provided with a mentor who is an experienced professional from the clinical research industry. The mentor can be contacted at any time via email for career guidance.

Eligibility Requirements

The minimum eligibility criteria for this program would include either of the following:

– Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc
– Any degree in Medicine such as MBBS, BDS, BPT, etc
– 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 upon recommendation of your supervisor if you have some prior work experience in this field. Please contact our admission representatives / counsellor to discuss your case.

Document Requirements
  • A passport size photo (head and shoulders only)
  • Copy of identity proof e.g. a copy of passport or any other government-issued identity card
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree or equivalent (degree/higher national diploma etc.)
  • Copy of academic transcripts/marks sheets from the bachelor’s degree
Language Requirements

This program is taught in English. Therefore, you should be comfortable in using English as a language of communication (reading, writing and speaking).

No proof is required.

 

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Career Opportunities

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.

Program FAQ's

This program can be completed in about 12 months. It is fully self-paced, so you can increase your pace or go slow based on your time availability.

The primary mode of learning is via pre-recorded lectures, videos, reading materials etc. A few live guest lectures are scheduled during the program however they are optional to attend. Whenever such sessions are scheduled they are planned in a way that is convenient for most of our students. If you are unable to attend, a reccorded version will be provided.

You will be able to interact with the faculty via the personal messaging facility available in your study account, discussion forum, or via emails. A short phone call can also be scheduled if necessary.

A discussion group is available for the program. You can post your questions in the group and other students may respond.

Generally, you do not need to purchase any books. All the resources that you need will be made available by the faculty in your account. If you do wish to have text books, then the faculty can recommend to you some, and you may purchase them on your own,

Each unit within each course will be followed by a short multiple-choice question test. Once you pass, the next unit will activate for you to study. You can take these tests as many times as you need to.

In addition, you will be required to submit assignments for each course. Assignments are like essay or paper writing, usually of 1000 – 1500 words. Guidelines on how to write them will be available in your account.

You can save the pdf study notes that will be provided for each unit. Videos and other multimedia content cannot be downloaded.

No, our degree does not mention that the program was conducted online.

At this time any graduation ceremony is not conducted for short duration programs like this one. Completion documents are sent to you by post or courier.

We recommend that you invest 10 to 15 hours per week in order to be able to complete within the prescribed program duration.

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