Training - Overview
The program runs over 2 years. It includes 17 teaching units (UE) distributed in three main categories: 1) clinics, 2) public health, 3) epidemiology and research. The program includes lectures, seminars, clinical internship in central and district hospitals located in remote areas, and an introduction to research through practice. The last quarter is dedicated to the realization of the thesis project.
- The first quarter focuses on infectious diseases, introduction to public health and social sciences.
- Second and third quarters begin with quantitative and qualitative research courses, as well as epidemiology and statistics. Students must write a common protocol on a given theme that includes a quantitative and a qualitative component. 2 months later, students go all over the country to collect data for the collective project. When their return, they have 2 months to analyze the data and produce a research report.
- The fourth quarter consists of a clinical internship divided in two parts: 5 weeks in a central hospital in the capital and 5 weeks in a district hospital in remote areas
- The fifth quarter is centered on writing the protocol. Students have courses of advanced statistics and demography.
- The 6th quarter is centered on the finalization of the research protocol. Students also have advanced courses in public health and epidemiology. They also have to attend clinical seminars.
- The 7th and 8th quarters are devoted to the realization of the thesis project and the thesis writing.
In addition, there are over the 2 years curriculum, 15 one-week-length thematic seminars in which various topics (as malaria, tuberculosis, maternal-child health, medication, nutrition…) are addressed from different perspectives (physiology and pathophysiology, clinics, public health and social sciences) with an emphasis on practice in tropical zones.