Postgraduate course

Tropical infectious diseases

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeELMED320
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

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.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student:

  • 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

General competence

The student:

  • 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
Minimum: 10

Maksimum: 25
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

Grading Scale


Reading List

The reading list will be made available by 1 January on Mitt UiB

Course Evaluation

Electronic course evaluation by each student at the end of the course

Course Coordinator

Kristine Mørch (Kristine.moerch@helse-bergen.no) and Bjørn Blomberg (bjorn.blomberg@uib.no)

Course Administrator

K2 at The Faculty of Medicine