Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine course FAQs

About the course

A degree in Medicine (MBBS or equivalent) and a minimum of two years of work experience post-graduation.

No, the course is open for all medical doctors with an interest and passion for tropical medicine, public health, and humanitarian work.

A panel of academicians, clinicians, and humanitarian aid professionals review each application. The panel takes the final call in the selection of the candidates. The panel uses a scoring system to grade each application. Higher scores will be given to applicants working in or those with experience in the fields of humanitarian/tropical medicine. 

The course is designed only for medical doctors.

No, the course is open for all medical doctors, irrespective of their workplace.

The GHHM course is highly demanding, and you'll need to meet the strict attendance requirement. 

We encourage you to defer your application if you have taken any other full-time courses or have other pressing professional commitments. 


No, there is no payback period associated with this course of any kind.

Yes, once you have received an offer of a place on the GHHM course we will be able to discuss payment options with you. However, in line with MSF finance protocols, payments must be complete by the end of the calendar year. 

Course structure

It is a 10-month course. It runs from June end to mid-April.

This is an online course, which requires you to attend a webinar/lecture on a real-time basis. The classes run from 18:00-22:00 GMT/BST every Wednesday evening.

The lectures can be accessed remotely using Microsoft Teams or Zoom on a computer or a mobile phone.

To be eligible to sit the RCP DTM&H exam you must attend a minimum of 70% of these lectures. 

The course broadly covers the syllabus for the DTM&H examination with an additional focus on working in humanitarian contexts.

This course comprises an array of topics, ranging from:

  • Tropical Diseases and Parasitology
  • Public Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Humanitarian crises / Complex Emergencies
  • Non-Communicable Diseases.

Additionally, there are 16 hours of face-to-face Basic Microscopy and Parasitology Training at one of MSF UK’s collaborating institutes.

However, the requirement of in-person parasitology training is contingent upon the COVID-19 pandemic. We have conducted this training virtually for the last cohort. 

No, all classes will be held online via Zoom this year due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The only face-to-face element of the course is the 16 hours of Basic Microscopy and Parasitology training at the collaborating laboratories.

The laboratory training is organized at a few RCP accredited laboratories around the world. You'll be asked to select a laboratory of your preference, based on its availability.

However, the requirement of in-person parasitology training is contingent upon the Covid-19 pandemic. We have conducted this training virtually for the last cohort.

The weekly lectures run from 18:00 to 22:00 every Wednesday.

You are required to spare approximately two and a half hours every week for the lectures.

In addition, there are weekly quizzes and weekly group activities that you must complete before the given deadlines. This amounts to additional two hours per week.

We recommend that students are willing to commit six to eight hours of self-directed learning per week.

The minimum requirement for the course completion is:

  • 70% attendance in the weekly webinars.
  • Contribution to 70% of the online group activities
  • Participation in the 16 hours of parasitology laboratory training
  • Participation in the mock exam (this takes place just before Christmas)

If you can't meet these criteria, you won't be eligible to sit the RCP DTM&H examination.

Like all part-time courses, enrollment to the GHHM course will require consistent effort and time, along with your other professional and personal commitments.

You are expected to dedicate approximately two and a half hours every week to the weekly lectures. Other than that, you are also required to commit another couple of hours per week for mandatory group activities and quizzes.

For each group activity, there will be a deadline for completion; you will have to complete that activity before the deadline. Your contribution to the group activity is marked as attendance. 

Failure in meeting any of the attendance mentioned above criteria, which also includes contributing to 70% of online group activities, would result in ineligibility to sit the DTM&H. 

You will not be eligible to write the DTM&H examination and your GHHM course remains incomplete.

Examination and course completion

The Royal College of Physicians, UK, conducts the exam.

The examination is structured as follows:

Morning – 100 'best of five' questions, 16 of which are based on clinical images designed to test the candidate's knowledge of tropical medicine and hygiene over a wide area (three hours).

Afternoon – Preventive medicine and Parasitology/Entomology ''short answer'' papers (two-and-a-half hours).

No, it is not.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, India and the UK used to host the exam, and a student could write the exam at either of the two sites. However, the exam has been moved online due to the current pandemic. The guidelines for the 2022 exam have not been released yet. 

A student can attempt the exam up to six times.

Yes, on successful completion of the course, MSF will provide a certificate of completion.

Yes, a student must complete the minimum course requirements.

Yes, as long as you have completed the GHHM course successfully.

Yes, 250 GBP as the DTM&H examination fees to Royal College of Physicians. There is a slight change of about +/-10 GBP in the costs for the examinations every year.

The cost of the Parasitology course is included in the GHHM course fee. Depending on international travel restrictions students may be asked to travel for the Parasitology lab days, the costs of travel and accommodation will be the responsibility of the student. This also applies to the costs of travel and accommodation should the RCP decide to hold the DTM&H exam in person at the host sites in the UK and India.