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!
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
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
Global Health Epidemiology
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.