This full time Short Course provides opportunities to study a broad range of Tropical Medical diseases which is of public health importance both locally and globally. This course will have lectures, laboratory-based, hands-on training including examination of mounted slides with causative parasites (i.e. malaria, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis) and observing procedures, clinical ward rounds with bedside teaching and case-based discussions.


Tropical Medical Parasitology

  • Malaria
  • Filariasis
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Trypanosomiasis
  • Helminth infections
  • An introduction to control of vector-borne diseases and integrated vector control measures

Tropical Medical Microbiology

  • Tuberculosis
  • Dengue
  • Chikungunya
  • Zika
  • Viral Encephalitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Leprosy
  • Melioidosis
  • Cholera and other bacterial diarrhoeal diseases
  • Rickettsial diseases

Other Important Topics in Tropics

  • Snake bites and toxins
  • Tropical paediatrics

The Registration Fee (Non Refundable)

US$ 50 for undergraduate students (Non-refundable)

US$ 100 for medically qualified doctors (Non-refundable)

Course Fee - 1000 USD (Payments only in USD)

(*Refund Policy as per University Circular: 90% refund will be made only if an applicant has requested within 14 days from the closing date of payment.)

Air fare, meals and accommodation will not be provided.
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Maximum number of participants for the course 10.

Course Start Date

05th August 2024

(Two Weeks)

Apply Online

Application Closing Date

31st March 2024



Prof. Manjula Weerasekera
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Gangodawila, Nugegoda
Sri Lanka

Tel: +94112801028, +94714432870 (mobile)

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to

  1. describe the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features of common Tropical Medical diseases.
  2. arrive at laboratory diagnosis of these diseases learned.
  3. describe management, prevention and control of the learned diseases.
  4. understand important vector bionomics and integrated vector control measures.
  5. diagnose and manage snake bites and toxicological conditions in the tropics.
  6. describe diagnosis and management of selected paediatric tropical diseases.


All teaching activities are conducted in English. History taking from native patients during clinical rounds will be done in the native language but will be translated by a fellow local medical student or by a doctor attending to the patient. 

Target Audience

Undergraduate medical students studying in foreign universities after completing the basic sciences and having a minimum of 6 months of clinical exposure and medically qualified doctors who are interested in learning Tropical Medicine and working in foreign institutions can apply for this course. Ability to understand and communicate in English is a prerequisite. English language tests are not required.

 Week 1- Tropical Medical Parasitology

Week 2- Tropical Medical Microbiology and Clinical Work

Course Certificate and Assessment

There will be no formal assessment but a e-Certificate of Attendance and short transcript will be awarded to those who complete the course with more than 80% attendance.

How to Apply

Documents needed at the application stage

  • A cover letter
  • PDF of the completed online application (check submission confirmation e-mail)
  • A brief curriculum vitae
  • A letter from the Medical School/University confirming your medical studentship and giving permission to follow the course or if it is a doctor, a letter from the employer.

Application stage

You are requested to submit the above mentioned documents at the application stage.
Once you submit your application, selections will be made by a committee on merit and the decision will be sent to you by the 30 April 2024.

Registration stage

Once you get the offer letter, you are requested to register (by paying $50/100) by 15 May 2024 and submit the receipt to  email address on or before 31st  May 2024. Failing to register by the deadline will automatically cancel your offer and will be given to the next short-listed candidate.

Account Details

Account Holder : Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Account Number : 097-4-021-8-0010915
Swift Code : PSBKLKLX 023
Bank and the Branch : People’s Bank, Gangodawila Branch

Final payments should be in US$.

Payment of the Course fee

Course fee

US$ 1000 (For undergraduate students*)
US$ 1000 (For Medically qualified doctors*)

You are expected to complete the payment of the course fee ($ 1000) and submit the receipt at the commencement of the course (1st day: 5 August 2024).
You will not qualify to follow the course until full payment of the course fee is made.
Payments have to be completed online in USDs only. No cash is accepted.
(*Refund Policy as per University Circular: 90% refund will be made only if an applicant has requested within 14 days from payment)
Payment of Course fee (URL for registration & Payments:


Details concerning visa can be obtained from Visa can also be obtained from the Sri Lankan High Commission in your country. The Department of Immigration & Emigration of Sri Lanka operates a service to issue visa online “Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)” link:
If you need a visa support letter please make a request to the Coordinator by email:

Airfare and Accommodation

Airfare or accommodation will not be provided by the University. It is advisable to reside in a place close to the University.


Meals will not be provided by the University.

Internal Travel

Travelling to the CSTH which is situated within 5km distance from the University and will have to be arranged by the participant. Public transport facilities are available. Refer to the travel guide for further information.