East African Clinical Tropical Medicine Course

Join us for the second East African Clinical Tropical Medicine Course in Kampala, Uganda. Offered in collaboration with the Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University, the Mayo Clinic, and the University of Minnesota this course is aimed at health care professionals with experience and/or a special interest in clinical tropical medicine, infectious and emerging diseases and refugee health.  This course fulfills the hands-on/laboratory component requirement for the UMN Global Health Course which qualifies  individuals to sit for the ASTMH CTropMed® exam.  

Course Dates

January 2023 - specific dates TBD


There will be an email announcement when applications are being accepted. Contact Sarah Sponsler at radic011@umn.edu to be notified.

Cost and Payment

Cost TBD; previously the course has cost approximately $3500. 

Course Size

Limited to 23 participants to maximize the small-group learning environment. Early applications are encouraged due to high demand.


Preference is given to health care providers who are, or plan to, enroll in the online UMN Global Health Course and plan to complete the CTropMed training®.  Experience  in clinical tropical medicine, infectious and emerging diseases and refugee health is desired although those with special interests but limited experience 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

This 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 complete the UMN Global Health Course and to qualify to sit for the American Society of Travel Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) CTropMed® examination.

The course will emphasize experiential learning by immersing students in the clinical and public health issues in an East African setting including hands-on experiences in various inpatient and outpatient units,laboratory sessions, bedside ultrasound, and with field trip/s (e.g. to a refugee camp, a working local isolation unit, and the Zika forest).  The content will focus on clinical tropical medicine, infectious and emerging diseases and refugee health. Group sessions will be led by experienced Ugandan and visiting faculty. Participants will gain insight into the practical realities of healthcare, and challenges of public health in East Africa. We intend the course to prepare participants for a broad range of health work in 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.  Required pre-course online modules (~15 hours) will be provided to participants not already enrolled in the full UMN Global Health Course so individuals arrive with a baseline knowledge.