Certificate Course in Tropical Medicine, organized by the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR), College of Health Sciences, KNUST, Kumasi, and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Hamburg, Germany.

Course date: 21st Nov – 2nd Dec, 2016
Venue: KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana


The Certificate Course in Tropical Medicine (CCTM) is an intensive,
two-week, full-time course in Tropical Medicine for health-related workers.

It combines practical work, a series of lectures and seminars designed to equip potential attendees with the practical and factual knowledge of Tropical Medicine.

Faculty on the course, most of whom have lived and worked in the tropics will come from Ghana and Germany. The KCCR laboratories will provide the setting for hands-on laboratory work as well as cutting edge didactic teaching.

Aims of the Course

The course aims to teach people in the health profession the skills required to understand, diagnose, treat and prevent diseases that are especially prevalent in tropical and developing countries where resources may be limited. The course has a strong epidemiological base but the scientific basis of tropical infectious diseases will also be given priority.

Course outline

Much of the course will be devoted to lectures and seminars, during which a multi-disciplinary team of experts will cover a particular disease or group of diseases in depth. Lectures will cover the causative organisms, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management and prevention of these diseases. Time will be set aside after each lecture for discussion.

Lectures will be followed by practical sessions during which the laboratory diagnosis of the major diseases will be taught. The course is intensive, without much free time during the two weeks and continues until 17.00 hours. However, weekends are free and a field trip has been planned for this year’s course.


The Academic Board of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has approved the curriculum of the CCTM.

Course fee/Scholarships (does not include air fares)

European countries – 1,500 Euros (Course fee, lodging and feeding)

African countries – 800 Euros (Course, lodging and feeding)

Ghanaian residents: 2000 New Ghana cedis (Course and feeding)

Who should apply for the course?

The CCTM course is open to workers in the medical field. This includes students (Post-grads), Epidemiologists, Research Scientists, Post-Docs, Medical Doctors, Clinical students, District health directors, etc.

Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English.


The CCTM will NOT provide residential accommodation, but a wide range of student accommodation is available on Campus. A number of University Halls of Residence provide accommodation. There are private hostels run by other organizations as well as many privately-rented lodgings, flats or houses.

How to apply

Please download the application form online, and send the completed application form, one-page motivation statement of purpose, a CV and two (2) letters of reference to:

The Course Facilitator
(e-mail: info@kccr.de; Tel. no. +233 32 2060351)

Deadline for application is Friday 11th November 2016