Travel Medicine

Overview - Travel Medicine

This course aims to give participants an overview of all aspects of travel medicine. It provides the knowledge, conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to run an up-to-date, evidence-based travel medicine service and spark an interest in those who are new to the field.

Course dates: 5 - 9 November 2018

Teaching will be by staff from the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at LSHTM, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and the National Travel Health Network & Centre (NaTHNaC); and invited external, national and international speakers eminent in the fields of travel medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology and immunology. 

The course has been running since 2002 and has been attended by more than 1,000 students from many countries around the globe. It is the diversity of the staff and the students that helps to provide such a rich learning environment and leads to many interesting discussions around different practices and policies worldwide.

This course is designed for physicians, nurses and pharmacists who provide a pre-travel health service or, those who are wishing to spark their interest in the field of travel medicine. It aims to provide health care professionals with an opportunity to develop and update their knowledge and skills in travel medicine.


30 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits have been awarded by the Royal College of Physicians for this course previously, and we expect the same approval for the next intake.

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.

Teaching methods

Teaching will be through a variety of lectures, discussions, role-play, problem solving workshops and the use of technology to access current health information. As part of the course you will be expected to partake in a small group project, which may require some additional work outside the usual lecturing hours of 9am-5pm.

Student Testimonials

“A really excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed it, learned  a lot and feel inspired. Thank you!"

“Excellent - comprehensive, up to date.“

“Very useful and well organised, thank you."

Course objectives
Course objectives - Travel Medicine

Aims & Objectives

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 and the skills involved in communicating these risks
  • Appropriate methods for reducing and managing travel associated illness and hazards
  • Communication skills to enhance their abilities as health educators
  • The role of information technology in travel medicine

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; children, immunosuppressed, multiple co-morbidities
  • Accidents and repatriation
  • Vaccines in practice
  • Fitness to travel and repatriation
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Preparing the long term traveller
  • Issues in malaria prophylaxis
  • Vector-borne disease; malaria, dengue, Zika virus, Yellow Fever
  • Rabies
  • Haematological problems and travel
  • Deep vein thrombosis and sickle cell disease
  • Travel-related dermatology
  • Food & waterborne disease
  • Fever in the returning traveller
  • Migrant health and VFR
  • Envenomation and marine poisoning
  • Altitude medicine
  • The epidemiology of travel
How to apply
How to apply - Travel Medicine

Applying for this course

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018.


The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team, in the Registry, can provide supporting documentation if requested.

Accommodation and meals

A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the School can be supplied on request to the Registry. Lunch can be purchased from the School's Refectory in the Keppel Street building or the cafe on the Tavistock Place building. Evening meals are not catered for at the School, but there is a large choice of restaurants, cafes and shops nearby.

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.
  • 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.