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Travel Medicine

We are no longer accepting applications for the course starting on 9 November 2015.

Dates for 2015: 9 - 13 November 2015


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is an internationally renowned research-led postgraduate medical school which provides a national and international focus for collaboration in teaching and research where clinical, population, laboratory and social sciences are integrated to address the broad issues of health. The strength of these disciplines, combined in a single institution and tightly linked by a common mission, creates a unique multidisciplinary environment for teaching, training and research.Keppel Street building South Courtyard

Studying at the School gives students access to a wealth of knowledge, to the expertise of the staff and to unparalleled benefits gained from contact with people from very diverse backgrounds and nations. The diversity of the School's students and staff is exceptional; 2,300 Masters and Research students come from 122 countries and staff from 40 countries. Teaching and training are carried out by dedicated staff who are leaders in their fields and have considerable links with key universities and research institutions around the world, together with extensive academic, practical and international experience.

  • The School was one of the very first institutions to undergo an institutional audit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). This method examines management of the quality of educational programmes and the standards of the degrees awarded, in the institution as a whole and in selected subject areas. LSHTM was awarded the highest grade, expressed as a level of confidence, in all these aspects.
  • The excellence of the School's research has been confirmed as it has been ranked one of the top 3 research institutions in the country in the Times Higher Education's 'table of excellence', which is based on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The RAE is a peer review exercise to grade all research activities at academic institutions.
  • The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine won the 2009 Gates Award for Global Health established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has received $1 million in prize money. The award is in recognition of a major and lasting contribution to the field of global health.

Course Outline

The School is partnered by the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in providing education in Travel medicine. The short course has been run for 14 years and over 1000 students from around the world have benefited from the course. 

John Snow lecture theatreThe course will run for five consecutive days (Monday to Friday). Teaching will be by staff from the Department of Infectious & Tropical Diseases at the School, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases  (HTD), and invited external speakers eminent in the field of travel medicine and infectious diseases.

This course is designed for physicians and nurses who provide a pre-travel health service. It aims to provide general practitioners, practice nurses and other health professionals with an opportunity to develop and update their knowledge and skills in travel medicine.

The main objectives are to make practitioners aware of:

  • The role of practitioners in protecting the health of the traveller;
  • Major risks associated with travel;
  • Appropriate methods for reducing and managing travel associated illness and hazards;
  • Training in risk assessment and communicating risks to travellers;
  • Communication skills to enhance their abilities as health educators;
  • The role of information technology in travel medicine.

Teaching will be through lectures, discussions, role-play, problem solving workshops and the use of technology to access current health information. 

The course will cover a range of topics pertinent to the everyday practice of travel medicine, including:

  • Principles of travel medicine;
  • Accessing travel health information;
  • Consultation and communication skills;
  • Vulnerable travellers;
  • Accidents and repatriation;
  • Vaccines in practice;
  • Fitness to travel;
  • Medico-legal issues;
  • Preparing the long term traveller;
  • Issues in malaria prophylaxis;
  • Vector-borne disease;
  • Deep vein thrombosis in travel, and
  • Food & waterborne disease.

Course Showcase


The November 2015 course has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 30 category 1 (external) CPD credits. 

Methods of assessment

There will be no formal examination or assessment, but a Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those completing the course.

Who should apply for the course?

The course is open to registered medical practitioners, registered nurses and other health care professionals with an interest in Travel Medicine.

Course Timetable

The 2015 course timetable will be uploaded here once finalised - this will not be until closer to the start of the course.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting applications for the course starting on 9 November 2015.

IAMAT Stella & George Bryant Travel Medicine Scholarship

One scholarship has been made available by IAMAT for a doctor or nurse from South America, Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, or Southeast Asia. Preference will be given to practitioners with knowledge or experience in travel medicine.  Please visit the IAMAT web-page for application details



The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to improving global health through its programme of short and full-time postgraduate study.

Please note:

  • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and without having obtained the correct visa.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students. To view this information please click here.
  • The School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.
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