Do you want to learn more about tropical diseases and health conditions in the tropics? Now you have the opportunity to learn about this in the tropics, where both diseases and patients are located. The course consists of both online learning and a practical, compulsary "field trip" to Tanga, Tanzania and is approved by Medicins sans Frontiers (MSF)

Tropical Medicine

Bjørknes University College organizes the course in tropical medicine in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and Tanga International Competence Centre (TICC). The course has a special focus on malaria, HIV and TB and introduction to Public Health (including Reproductive Health Care (RHC) / Maternal / Child Health). Please note that places are limited.


Dates for 2018 courses:

To be announced


Online course

The online part of the course was first introduced in 2014, and is the result of the Medicines sans Frontiers (MSF) wanting to increase the academic learning outcomes of the stay in Tanzania by introducing key issues in advance of the practicals. The onlie course must be completed before arriving in Tanzania to provide an equal, academic level amongst the participants, and to give everyone a good start t in Tanga. Information about the online course and log in-information to acces our e-learning platform, Qybele, will be sent out in good time before departure. Bjørknes University College has extensive experience with online teaching.
In this part of the course you will receive a comprehensive introduction to tropical medicine, with emphasis on theoretical aspects. The course has articles, exercises, references and films covering all central themes. It also provides the theoretical background for the practical course which will be held in Tanzania, to ensure you will take full advantage of the field trips. The online part of the course will be available for those who have been placed and accepted the tropical medicine course in good time before leaving for Tanzania. Upon your return from Tanzania, there will be an online exam.


Practical part in Tanzania -field study

The final schedule will be handed out at the start of the course in Tanga. Please note that some changes to the scheduled course plan may occur. Dr. Thomas Schwartz (OUS) and Dr Per Gerlyng (LDS) are responsible course leaders from Norway and in Tanga, we collaborate with the National Institute for Medical research (NIMR), Tanga. The practical course includes classroom instruction as well as visits to villages, Health Centers and regional hospitals.


Content of the course in tropical medicine

1) HIV, TB and chronic Infections
2) New-born diseases
3) Intestinal Infections
4) Child and Public Health
5) Nutrition includingsuch diagnosis and managing of acute Malnutrition
6) Travel medicine


Who is this course for?

If you would like to work in the tropics, e.g. in non-profit organiszatons such as Medicins sans Frontiers and the Red Cross, or if you are already working in the health care system, this course is perfect for you. More and more people travel to the tropics and will both needing advice and vaccinations before traveling, and medical knowledge about diseases they might get during the trip. You must be a medical doctor or nurse by profression, or hold a professional health  background


Practical information:

The practical part of the course consists of approximately 120 hours over 3 weeks. In addition to the practical part, there will be online learning before travelling to Tanzania. There will be an online exam after the Tanzania trip is completed.  Weekends are for free use, the teaching language is mainly English. Teaching takes place mainly in Tanga International Competence Centre. There is rolling admission but limited number of places! The 2016 price for online courses as well as 3-week practical stay in Tanzania is NOK 42 000. This includes full board and accommodation in twin rooms in Tanzania. Beverages, Internet and travel expences are additional costs. Bjørknes University College reserves the right of sufficient number of participants.


Apply now?

If you wish to participate in 2018 , you should apply as soon as the dates are published as there are limited spaces/waiting lists. We will send more information about the course program once this is finalized. Your registration is not binding until you receive a possible offer with a courses contract. To accept, please return your contract and pay the deposit of NOK 3000 within the deadline in the offer letter. The rest of the course fee is payable in two installments before departure.
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Viktig å vite om kurset

  • Praksisdelen av kurset består av ca 120 timer over 3 uker, à 5 dager og starter på en mandag.
  • Nettundervisning skjer i forkant av praksisoppholdet i Tanzania
  • Netteksamen avholdes etter hjemkomst til Norge
  • Praksisdelen inkluderer bla. besøk til landsbyer, helsesentre, og regionale sykehus
  • Helgene står til fri disposisjon
  • Undervisningsspråk er i hovedsak engelsk
  • Undervisningen I Tanzania foregår i hovedsak på Tanga International Competence Centre, et konferansesenter der en av hovedeierne er Norsk Sykepleierforbund.
  • Det er rullerende inntak men begrenset antall plasser. Vi setter  opp ventelister hvis det blir fullt.
  • Prisen for nettkurs samt  3 ukers praktisk del  i Tanzania inkluderer kost & losji i tomannsrom i Tanzania. Drikke, internett og reise kommer i tillegg. Prisen finner du her.
  • Det koster ca 5000 kr å reise tur/retur Oslo/Tanzania
  • Kurset er ikke støtteberettiget i Lånekassen
  • Bjørknes Høyskole tar forbehold om nok antall påmeldte