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TM5501 - Tropical Medicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Tropical medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with diseases and health problems that occur uniquely, are more widespread, or prove more difficult to control in tropical and subtropical regions. Tropical medicine historically has focused on communicable and infectious diseases, but increasing attention is being given to the burden of non-communicable diseases and health systems in these regions. This subject, TM5501 Tropical Medicine, is primarily concerned with the communicable and infectious diseases that remain major causes of morbidity and mortality in tropical and subtropical regions, with priority being given to diseases of public health significance in the Asia-Pacific region. These diseases include 'the big three' (malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS). Based on important tropical water-, vector- and air-borne diseases you will learn overarching important principles and study public health approaches for disease management in resource limited settings. Additionally students will get an overview of important neglected tropical diseases with an emphasis on skin manifestations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and prioritise the importance of common tropical diseases and problems relevant to Australasia, Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region;
  • Identify the microbiological, entomological and parasitic agents underlying these tropical diseases;
  • Critically examine and evaluate methods of diagnosis, management and prevention of tropical diseases of global importance (i.e. to the World Health Organization).

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Complete and submit all pieces of assessment


External, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours self study - self directed online learning and assessment
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Townsville, Mixed attendance, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Face to face teaching 27-Apr-2020 to 01-May-2020
Workload expectations:
  • 27 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 103 hours self study - self directed online learning and assessment

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.