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GENA719 Tropical Infectious Disease

Overview of the key concepts of tropical infectious disease. Students will gain a good general understanding of tropical infectious diseases, their epidemiology, diagnosis and management.

This paper is designed to provide suitably qualified health professionals with theoretical and practical knowledge sufficient to manage the health needs of travellers, migrants and locals in and returning from tropical countries. The paper is of interest to any health professional whose practice brings them into contact with these groups. Topics include relevant tropical diseases (arboviruses, malaria, helminthic infections, tuberculosis, HIV) and their epidemiology, presentation, diagnosis, treatment and management, both in developing countries and in New Zealand.

Paper title Tropical Infectious Disease
Paper code GENA719
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GENX 716
Limited to
PGCertGP, PGCertTravMed, PGDipGP, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, PGDipTravMed
Includes residential period/s.

Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.

Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.


Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Shaun Counsell
Paper Structure

Core paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed).
Elective Paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC).

Material is presented in self-directed learning modules covering the following topics:

  • Global burden of infectious disease
  • Vector-borne diseases
  • Helminthic infections
  • Tropical dermatology
  • Diarrhoeal illnesses and enteric fevers
  • Sexually and parentally transmitted infections, including HIV
  • Tuberculosis
  • Vaccine preventable disease
  • Fever as a presenting symptom
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

The in-person component is a two-day block course held on-campus in Wellington (dates to be confirmed). The block course may be shifted online depending on pandemic restrictions.

Other teaching, including regular evening sessions, is delivered via Blackboard and online via Zoom.

Study Skills, technology support and resources are provided to students via a custom built site accessed through Blackboard.


All resources available either via Blackboard or other online resources.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper should:

  • Be able to critically discuss the worldwide distribution and burden of tropical diseases
  • Have an understanding of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of common and important tropical infectious diseases
  • Be able to critically discuss, in written form, the medical literature around these diseases

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system