Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine

Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine

This course has been designed in line with the Faculty of Travel Medicine’s publications 'Good Practice Guidance for Providing a Travel Health Service' and 'Recommendations for the Practice of Travel Medicine'.

Course Information

The aim of this course is to develop and support healthcare professionals in their role as travel medicine practitioners. It offers an academic base that assists individuals to become autonomous and reflective practitioners in the delivery of travel medicine services.

The content and level of this course facilitates growth of higher audit processes in developing cognitive, leadership and practical skills. This will enhance travel medicine practitioners’ practice, by enabling them to make sound judgements and apply best clinical practice or evidence-based theory to support their decision making. This will ultimately support client care, in situations prone to rapid change and subsequently, improve travellers’ health.

Course duration and intakes

This course consists of 8 postgraduate modules delivered over a period of 18 months. The course will be delivered by specialists in the travel medicine field using a blended model of two residential elements and online interactive learning. Students will be expected to attend and contribute to online educational and peer support platforms. Cohort one will begin on 18 October 2021 and due to COVID restrictions, the first residential in October 2021 will be remotely delivered.

The second residential will take place from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July 2022 and will be face-to-face in the UK (Glasgow) unless restrictions indicate that this cannot go ahead. The residential will take place remotely if UK conditions prevent in-person delivery. At present, we are not offering a hybrid option and delegates should expect to attend in person for this residential. We are however alert to the possibility of international travel restrictions and hybrid will be considered based on the pandemic situation nearer the time. If you are concerned about your ability to travel in 2022, you may choose to apply for a later cohort.

Fees

The course fee for the Diploma is £4,395 and this will include Affiliate Membership of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, and access to TRAVAX for the duration of the course.

Full payment of the course fee is required on acceptance of application. However, in some cases, an alternative payment plan may be agreed, with a deposit on acceptance of application and the remaining balance within 8 weeks of the confirmed start date of that cohort.

Entry and Language Requirements

Academic Requirements

You are required to hold a UK Bachelor’s Degree/Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) or Postgraduate Qualification in an appropriate health related subject or hold an equivalent international qualification from a recognised Higher Educational Institute.

Each application is assessed on an individual basis and consideration will also be given to other academic and vocational qualifications. However, non-graduate applicants may be required to undertake a set course of study to demonstrate academic ability at postgraduate level.

Professional Requirements

All applicants must hold Professional Registration (e.g with the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council) and evidence sufficient professional or practice based travel medicine experience as a Travel Health professional.

Applicants with English as a second language will be assessed for suitability during the application process. Further information including the scores required in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), TEOFL or an equivalent English Language qualification can be found in the course brochure.

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible for admission to Membership of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (MFTM). Those who are non-members will be offered complimentary Affiliate Membership for one year and access to TRAVAX for the duration of the course.


Module Overview

Module 1

Epidemiology, Immunology and Travel Risk Assessment

Epidemiology, Immunology and Travel Risk Assessment

By the end of this module you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Aspects of epidemiology in relation to the subject of travel medicine
  • Principles of immunology in relation to travel medicine
  • Critical evaluation of the principles underpinning a risk assessment
  • Current key principles of behaviour and the human factors that lead individuals to make decisions which impact their health when abroad

Module 2

Vector Borne Infections

Vector Borne Infections

By the end of this module you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The various disease vectors and how they transmit infection
  • Epidemiology and health implications of vector-borne infections with particular emphasis on malaria and current control approaches to prevent these infections
  • Insect borne infection advice including bite prevention, vaccination where appropriate and in relation to malaria, chemoprophylaxis available and the factors affecting compliance with these measures
  • The principles of diagnosing and treating malaria and other vector borne illnesses and resources that support accurate clinical decision making in relation to prevention and treatment of malaria in travellers

Module 3

Non Vector Borne Infections

Non Vector Borne Infections

By the end of this module you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and impact of non vector borne infections
  • Effective strategies for prevention of non vector borne infections, including immunisations to maximise protection of at-risk populations
  • The relationship between travellers, host populations and non-vector borne infections and potential implications for travellers in the context of emerging infections
  • Communication of risk assessment and behaviour modification strategies in the preparation of overseas travel, in relation to non vector borne infections

Module 4

Environmental Factors and Travel

Environmental Factors and Travel

By the end of this module you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles of environmental conditions in the context of traveller’s health
  • The environmental impact overseas travel has on host communities alongside the travel industry economy
  • Human pathophysiology and physiological effects of flying and the interventions that help prevent illness
  • Risk of trauma to travellers and strategies for prevention
  • Travel insurance and access to medical care overseas

Module 5

Research Methods

Research Methods

By the end of this module you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Research philosophy
  • Types of research and research approaches
  • The research process, including literature searches, research design and methodology
  • Data management and analyses

Module 6

The Complex Traveller - Pre and Post Travel

The Complex Traveller - Pre and Post Travel

By the end of this module you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Categories of travellers and the complex nature of their special travel requirements
  • Risk factors associated with different categories of travellers and strategies and mechanisms for advising them for overseas travel
  • Management of travellers returning with commonly presented infectious diseases

Module 7

Medical Conditions and Travel

Medical Conditions and Travel

By the end of this module you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Medical conditions and the potential impact they could have on a traveller’s health
  • Complexities and implications relating to travellers with medical conditions, and current strategies used to prepare them for overseas travel

Module 8

Governance, Legal and Ethical Considerations

Governance, Legal and Ethical Considerations

By the end of this module you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The legal implications and ethical aspects that may affect some travellers
  • Differences in legal structures, clinical governance and practice in relation to the delivery a travel medicine services

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