Travel Medicine Short Course

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. The 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, 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.


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 courses.

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

IAMAT Stella & George Bryant Travel Medicine Scholarship

One scholarship for a doctor or nurse from a country where travel medicine is an emerging specialty has been made available by IAMAT - International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers. Preference will be given to practitioners with knowledge in travel medicine.

Please visit the IAMAT website for application details.

Course objectives

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;
  • 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.

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.
How to apply

Applying for this course

We are no longer accepting applications for this course.


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.
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