The Department of Tropical and Infectious Diseases is a new medical speciality established by the Myanmar Ministry of Health in January 2016 in Universities of Medicine number 1 and 2 in Yangon, and in Mandalay.

In the past, Tropical Medicine was a separate clinical speciality discipline and the Tropical Medicine Unit was established at the Rangoon General Hospital since 1964. A post graduate programme of a Diploma in Preventive and Tropical Medicine (DP&TM) was offered in 1965 as a ten-month course. In 1982, the Tropical Medicine Unit was absorbed into a general medical ward, and the diploma programme replaced by a one-year Master of Medical Science (Public Health) course till 1988. Then in 1989, a two-year programme of M.Med.Sc. (Preventive and Tropical Medicine) replaced the previous programme. Tropical medicine was reintroduced in the course since then but only as a portion and general medical departments had to cover for the teaching of it.

Lead Faculty Member

Professor Moe Moe San

Senior Faculty

Dr. Aye Aye Win (Lecturer)

Prof. David Warrell (Honorary Professor)

Departmental Objectives

  • To provide quality care for patients with tropical and infectious diseases
  • To establish and maintain high academic standards in the field of tropical and infectious diseases
  • To generate competent, knowledgeable, ethical and highly motivated tropical and infectious diseases specialists with strong foundations of knowledge and skills in related specialities, as well as experience in research, quality assurance and management


Tropical and Infectious Diseases Department has launched a doctorate programme in the specialty, Doctor of Medical Science (Tropical and Infectious Diseases), Dr.Med.Sc. (Tropical & Infectious Diseases) as a three-year full-time course. Those who have an M.Med.Sc. (Int.Med.) degree may sit for an entry examination conducted by the University of Medicine – 1, Yangon.

Selected candidates have to serve full-time at the Department for three years. Assessment examinations are conducted at the end of each year and final exam will be conducted at the end of the programme. The candidate is required to do research work and write a thesis that has to be submitted as a prerequisite for sitting for the final exam, and for the fulfilment of the requirements needed in obtaining the degree.

Prescribed Text Books

  • Manson’s Tropical Diseases, 23rd Edition, Jeremy Farmer, Peter J. Hotez, Thomas Junghanss, Gagandeep Kang, David Lalloo, and Nicholas J. White, Elsevier Saunders, 2014
  • Mandell, Douglas and Bennett’s, Principle and Practice of Infectious Diseases , 8th edition.


  • Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine, 4th Edition, Robert Davison, Andrew Brent, and Anna Seale, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014

Departmental Research Themes

  • Antibiotics resistance: its patterns and strategies to control and manage the issue
  • Patterns of neglected tropical diseases
  • Identifying causal organism, and managing pneumonias and lower respiratory tract infections
  • Predictive factors in assessment of severity in Adult Dengue.
  • Pattern of drug resistance in Diabetes and association of drug resistance TB and Diabetes.

Department of Tropical and Infectious Diseases- Telephone No. and Email

No Name Phone Number Email
1. Prof. Moe Moe San +95-95-19-91-95
2. Dr. Aye Aye Win +95-95-08-61-01

Programme Offered:

Dr.Med.Sc. (Tropical & Infectious Diseases)

This is a three-year full time programme. Those with an M.Med.Sc. (Int.Med) degree can sit for the entry examination conducted by the University of Medicine – 1, Yangon. Successful and selected candidates will have to work for a full-time service and learn on-job at the Department of Tropical and Infectious Diseases. During the course of three years, the candidates should complete nine modules: three modules of generic skills; and six modules of theoretical knowledge of infectious and tropical diseases including related specialities. Assessment examinations will be conducted at the end of each year and a final examination at the end of the course will be used as an overall assessment. In the examinations, both the theory test and viva voce will be included.

The candidates have to conduct research work and write up a thesis which will then be submitted as a requirement for sitting in the final examination. The thesis will also be examined by the board of the examiner.

Learning from an overseas training programme in an international tropical and infectious diseases related department of unit to get a more comprehensive experience and skills with the cutting edge technology in the field can be sandwiched as an option resources and receiving institution permitting.