08/04/2006

WVU’s Tropical Medicine Course Concludes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Health care professionals from across the U.S, Canada, and a physician from Nigeria traveled to the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center to take part in a diploma course in clinical tropical medicine and parasitology.

The eight-week course, which began June 13, concluded today, August 4.

Sponsored by the West Virginia University International Health Program, the Office of Continuing Education and the department of microbiology, the course provides training in clinical tropical medicine and related public health issues through a multidisciplinary approach to disease.

The 45 participants covered topics presented in separate modules – international public health, clinical practice in the tropics and travel medicine, medical parasitology and entomology, and infectious diseases.

“The course provides education for health care professionals, increasing their knowledge in tropical medicine to improve the health of people all over the globe,” said Melanie Fisher, M.D., director of the International health program at WVU. “It is an important way for WVU to impact global health and serve people everywhere.” 

WVU’s course, in its 11th year, is one of only nine Tropical Medicine courses offered in the U.S. that is accredited by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Participants included physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical students, and public health master’s students.  Five medical students at WVU participated in the course as part of the newly approved International Health Track offered at the WVU School of Medicine.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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