Tropical infectious diseases
Level of Study
Medical students 11. og 12. semester.
Objectives and Content
Objectives: The objective of the course is to provide knowledge and practical skills for managing infectious diseases prevalent in, or specific for, tropical areas. The course will focus on infectious diseases both among travelers or immigrants from tropical countries and among patients living in endemic areas. The course will cover epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnostics, treatment and prevention of the main tropical infectious diseases, and also focus on the impact socioeconomic and climatic factors have on these infections.
Contents: The course will give lectures and case-based learning covering the following infections in a tropical medicine perspective: The main blood-, gut- and tissue protozoans, diarrheal diseases, helminth infections, bacterial infections including antimicrobial resistance, HIV, tuberculosis and viral infections.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- Knows which infections that are specific for the tropics
- Knows which cosmopolitan infections that are more common in the tropics due to socioeconomic or climatic factors
- Understands epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostics, treatment and prevention of the main tropical infectious diseases
The student is able to:
- Suspect a tropical infection in a patient based on history and examination
- Perform and interpret relevant diagnostic investigations in patients with tropical infections guided by an experienced clinician
- Provide medical treatment for specific tropical infections guided by an experienced clinician
- Have developed cultural and ethical awareness that is useful when meeting patients with tropical infections from a different cultural and socioeconomic background
- Can collaborate respectfully and work in team with health workers in low-income countries for mutual exchange of knowledge
Required Previous Knowledge
Medical students have to be in their sixth year.
Proficiency in English at a level corresponding to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or IELTS band 6.0 is expected.
Access to the Course
Students enrolled in the medical study at UiB or other partner universities, students at the master programme in Global Health.
Teaching and learning methods
Total working hours: 80
Face to face lectures: 20 hours
Practical microscopy training: 8 hours
Case based learning: 13 hours
Individual reading of literature: 39 hours
Number of students
Restriction due to microscopy fascilities.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
80% attendance on organized teaching is required
100% attendance on practical microscopy training is required
Forms of Assessment
Evaluation of two-hour multiple choice written exam
The reading list will be made available by 1 January on Mitt UiB
Electronic course evaluation by each student at the end of the course
K2 at The Faculty of Medicine