Foundation in Travel Medicine

The Foundation Course in Travel Medicine is awarded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The next course is due to commence 13 and 14 November 2017.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to provide suitably qualified and motivated health professionals with theoretical and practical knowledge so that they can begin to advise intending travellers on travel hazards that may directly or indirectly affect their health and to increase the student′s awareness the effects of travel on the host countries.


This multidisciplinary course is available to any health professional working in a relevant field. For nurses, a first degree is not a requirement. All applicants must submit proof of their professional qualifications in the form of original certificates or certified copies when they apply for the course. Incomplete applications will be returned.

Because of the demand for places applications from suitably qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come first served basis if the course becomes oversubscribed.

Candidates from overseas who may require a visa should enquire about the conditions they will have to meet to obtain a visa. If a candidate is accepted on the course and is then refused a visa no refund will be made unless proof is submitted that a visa has been refused.

Non-native English speakers should be aware they are required to be fluent in both written and spoken English to undertake the course.

Course Structure

This is a blended e-learning course and takes six months to complete. The course commences with a two day compulsory residential component on the 13 and 14 November 2017. The course includes completion of four distance learning units of core material with written assignments including:

  • Pre-travel Risk Assessment and Infections I
    • Diseases spread by food, water and soil
    • Diseases spread by insects and animals
    • Travellers' diarrhoea
  • Infections II
    • Diseases transmitted through the respiratory tract and skin to skin contact
    • Sexually transmitted infections and travel
  • Immunisation theory, practice and available vaccines
  • Malaria
    • The parasite, the disease and management
    • Prevention for travellers
    • Future prospects


All students are allocated a personal advisor. In addition, library support and access to TRAVAX (the NHS travel health website) are provided. Application for the course is by completing an application pack and sending back to us with a photocopy of your qualifications.


The course fee for the 2017 Foundation course is £999. An instalment option is available to self-funding students. Please contact the course administrator for details.

Hardware Specifications and Support

Students require a basic knowledge of using a PC, Microsoft Word and email. You will be given a tutorial at the residential week, and there is also an on line tutorial on how to navigate around the e-Learning website. Phone/email assistance is available Monday to Friday (9 - 5pm) for students and coursework enquiries are addressed to your personal advisor in the first instance, or course manager, each advisor is a travel health specialist. This course can be used as a progression route to the Diploma in Travel Medicine.

How to apply

For an application pack for the course or to further discuss the Foundation in Travel Medicine course please contact Lesley Haldane.

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