East African Clinical Tropical Medicine Course

Join the Faculty of the Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University, and the University of Minnesota as they co-host the inaugural East African Clinical Tropical Medicine Course in Kampala, Uganda.

Health care professionals with experience and/or a special interest in clinical tropical medicine or infectious diseases are invited to attend.

This course fulfills the hands-on/laboratory requirement to be eligible to sit for the ASTMH CTropMed® exam.

Course Dates

January 6 - 17, 2020


Applications are now closed, and decisions have been sent out. Please email us at globalhealth@umn.edu if you would like to be notified when our next course is accepting applications.

Cost and Payment

The cost of the course in Uganda will be $2,995.00, and does not include travel or housing. 50% of the fee is due upon acceptance and the final payment is due on December 1, 2019. In the event of cancellation ½ of the fee is refundable before January 1, 2020.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to course participants from East Africa. Please indicate your interest in being considered for a scholarship on the application. 

Course Size

The course is limited to 20 participants to maximize the small-group learning environment. There will be 10 slots for outside participants (the other 10 slots will be reserved for participants from local organizations/universities and participants from the International Organization for Migration). Early applications are encouraged due to high demand.


Health care providers with experience or special interest in clinical tropical medicine or infectious diseases are preferred. Those with special interests in clinical tropical medicine but without experience or training will be considered on an individual basis. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and levels of training will be encouraged.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit

While open to outside participants, the 2020 course will not carry CME credits.


The East African Clinical Tropical Medicine Course will apply the essence of the University of Minnesota live Global Health Course and translate it into an East African context. Participation in the EACTM course will fulfill the hands-on requirements to sit for the biennial American Society of Travel Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) examination leading to a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health (CTropMed).

The course will emphasize experiential learning by immersing students in the clinical and public health issues facing providers in an East African setting, with a focus on emerging infectious diseases and refugee health. Group sessions will be led by experienced faculty and the course material will be related to clinical practice. Participants will gain insight into the practical realities of healthcare in East Africa. We intend the course to prepare participants for a broad range of health work in tropical, resource-limited settings.

The course will consist of a combination of didactic lectures, laboratory demonstrations, skills workshops, and case presentations during hospital rounds. Lectures, skills workshops, and demonstrations will involve the entire group. Clinical rounds will take place daily in small groups in a variety of settings that include both adult and pediatric patients.


The Ebola situation is being monitored. If the course will need to be cancelled because of outside forces, the course fees will be refunded in full.