Tropical Medicine

Elective course (Wahlpflichtfach) that is offered ONLY during the summer semester.

Brief description 

In this course we will illuminate the classical “tropical medicine” or “medicine in the tropics” from as many sides as possible as well as its embedding in the concept of “Global Health”.  Although the main focus is on infectious diseases, we will also deal with geographical, climatic and cultural aspects that doctors in the tropics encounter and which play an important role in anamnesis, examination, conversation, diagnostics and therapy. As a team with broad diagnostic, clinical, infectiological and scientific experience, we have compiled an extensive portfolio of topics. These range from the special demands on surgery in low-middle income countries (LMIC), the presentation of a project to promote cooperation between traditional healers and Western medicine, to central infectious disease topics such as HIV, malaria and some neglected tropical diseases (NTD), to the increasingly important so-called non-communicable diseases (NCD). The course concludes with a teaching unit in which you will be instructed to carry out independent blood and stool diagnostics in a “mini-laboratory” customary in the tropics. During the course we also demonstrate live disease transmitting vectors such as Anopheles and Tsetse flies, a chance not to be missed!

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Every Friday during the summer semester from 11-13h in the „Kurssaal“ of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene, located on the ground floor at Trogerstrasse 30.
It is absolutely necessary to attend the first session of this elective module, as further participation is otherwise not possible!

Absence times: One missed date

Grade Determination: The elective participation is graded.

Depending on the number of participants, at the end of the semester the students present a subject of their choice in a short presentation or a short certificate is issued during the last lesson. Further information will follow during the course.

In principle, this elective is open to all interested students, although it is advisable to have at least some clinical experience and some basic knowledge about the development of clinical pictures, as the course is intended to prepare for upcoming clinical traineeships/PJ Tertiale in the subtropics / tropics. In any case, the course offers plenty of room for interaction in order to deepen the topics and their understanding. From the summer semester 2019 onwards, the course will be held in English in line with the internationalisation efforts of the TUM (exception: last teaching unit).

Responsible for the course: Prof. Dr. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa

Global Health Summer School

The Trilateral Summer School can look back on many years of cooperation between the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, the Medical University of Silesia, Katowice and the Technical University of Munich, which was established in 2008 on the initiative of former State Minister Dr Goppel. In the so-called “Weimar Triangle” France – Poland – Germany, a fruitful cooperation emerged, the main idea of which is the promotion of medical, professional and human-cultural exchange as well as the development of a European sense of belonging among the students. A total of thirty students, ten per country or university, learn and work together during these summer schools and have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills through an intensive exchange and learning programme.

Since 2017 and initiated by the TUM School of Medicine, the summer school devotes itself to the topic of global health. Every year, the overarching theme changes. So far infectious diseases, obesity and diabetes have been covered. In 2019, the theme will be climate and environmental health.  

Global Health Winter School

Brief description

The aim of the Global Health Winter School is to bring the field of Global Health in research and political relevance closer to the students.

In terms of content, the course would cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Global Health – Overview of key terms, definitions, stakeholders and terminologies
  • Sustainable Development Goals / Agenda 2030 – Relevance for Medicine
  • Major infectious diseases (e.g. AMR, influenza, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, NTDs) and chronic diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes) can be used to bring together cross-cutting issues of global importance – successful and unsuccessful strategies to tackle epidemics;
  • Topics such as trade; climate change; migration; global health security; cultural differences; will be presented and discussed.
  • Prioritisation and budgeting in health systems
  • Conducting a needs analysis; innovation and technology

Dates: TBA

Schedule: A 4-day seminar, Tuesday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Structure: A mix of classical lectures, seminars and group discussions with the aim to introduce the students to common global health problems and how to approach them. Active student participation is highly incouraged.

Global Health Epidemiology

Brief description

Global Health Epidemiology is an elective course at the postgraduate level held in the summer semester, comprising of weekly lectures and seminars. The course is offered as part of the M.Sc. Health Science program by the Chair of Epidemiology (Prof. Dr. Stefanie J. Klug, MPH) at the Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Technical University of Munich.

The major goal of Global Health Epidemiology is to introduce students to infectious or communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases as well as topics relating to governance and ethics under the umbrella of global health and epidemiology, as well as one health. Participants of this course will be comprehensively guided through issues, challenges and examples of success/fail stories.

This course covers a wide range of topics including emerging, re-emerging and neglected infectious diseases, economic burden of disease, HIV/AIDS, global cancer, global neurology, malnutrition, global surgery, geography as well as impact of climate change, bioethics, health inequalities and health governance. Each year, guest experts working in various global health areas are invited to present their research and initiate discussion on the present situation and future of global health.

Where:                 Georg-Brauchle-Ring, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Technical University of Munich

ECTS Credits:     6

Semester:          Summer semester (lecture period (April – August))

Dates:                  2019: Mondays and Thursdays 12:15-13:45; TBA for 2020

Language of instruction: English

Delivery:              This module will consist of a weekly lecture and seminar where active discussions will be undertaken. Group case studies and practical exercises will also be included in some seminar sessions.

Examination:     Oral presentation and literature review on topic of interest

Registration:      Within TUM enrolment system, normally takes place in February

Basic knowledge of epidemiological concepts, background in health-related field e.g. medicine, psychology, health sciences, social sciences, public health.

Head:                   Prof. Dr. Stefanie J. Klug, MPH, Chair of Epidemiology

Contact person and coordinator:  Linda Liang, M.Sc.


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