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Swedish title Tropisk medicin och infektioner
English title Tropical medicine and infections
Course number 2930
Credits 3.0
Responsible KI department Institutionen för global folkhälsa
Specific entry requirements
Grading Passed /Not passed
Established by The Board of Doctoral Education
Established 2017-03-21
Purpose of the course To enable doctoral students in the field of global health and/or infectious diseases or with a genuine interest in these areas to acquire good knowledge about:
- risk factors for Tropical diseases including living conditions, environment, food, latrines, water, vectors as mosquitoes, domesticated animals.
- epidemiology and disease pattern including incidence/prevalence as well as prevention including vaccination and vector control
- case management including symptoms, diagnostics, diagnosis and treatments for tropical diseases including Dengue, Malaria, Scrub typhus, Leptospirosis, Rickettsia, Japanese Encephalitis, Cryptosporidiosis/ Cryptosporidium/Crypto, Rabies, Streptococcus suis, tetanus, Melioidosis, Hand foot mouth disease, Parasitic infections, as well as HIV including opportunistic infections and TB, HBV, HCV, nosocomial infections and antibiotic resistance.
Intended learning outcomes At the end of the module students will be able to:
- understand the living conditions, food habits, and the environment and how that effect the disease pattern in a tropical lower-middle income country.
- understand poverty related conditions as malnutrition, kwashiorkor and marasmus, rheumatic fever and stunting.
- understand the health seeking pattern and health system as well as the impacts of health seeking behavior in a tropical lower-middle income country.
- discuss current issues in tropical medicine and infection research, prevention and control in low and middle income countries
- analyse broader context of prevention and control interventions
- explain the importance of the pathogenesis and understand the case management of a great variety of infectious diseases
Contents of the course Tropical medicine and infection epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical aspects, diagnostic methods. Principles for therapy. Immunology and vaccines. Public health and socio-economic aspects. New control policies and research strategies.
Teaching and learning activities There will be one introduction lecture at Karolinska Institutet prior to departure.

The two weeks of the course consist of structured teaching including lectures, seminars, bedside teaching and study visits.
- Lectures (might be spread out during the course) a total of two days focusing on the learning outcomes.
- Two days in a provincial setting to understand the living conditions and risk factors including environment, food, latrines, water, domesticated animals and vectors. A homestay in a rural family will be arranged.
- Bed-side teaching including both adult and pediatric patients at major referral hospitals in big cities.
- Group work, e.g family visit and patient cases that are presented and discussed.
Compulsory elements All the course activities. Absence might be compensated for through assignments in agreement with the course leader.
Examination Formative assessment during group work presentations and discussion.
Summative written examination at Karolinska Institutet.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature: Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine
Relevant research articles about Tropical Medicine and Infections will be distributed latest at the time of the introductory lecture.
Course responsible Mattias Larsson
Institutionen för global folkhälsa

Contact person Sven Britton
Institutionen för medicin, Solna