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The ABC of Travel Health

An e-learning course on the basic elements for travel health advisors

The course is intended as an introduction or refresher for doctors, nurses and pharmacists who may not wish or be able to take part in other training courses. It can be undertaken in your own time and at your own pace on computer, tablet or smartphone.

It consists of 10 mini-courses which can be undertaken in any order. These cover Information Gathering, Risk Assessment, Prevention of Illness in Travellers including Vaccinations and Malaria Prophylaxis, Travellers with Special Needs, Managing Illness Abroad and on Return, and Setting up and Running a Travel Clinic both in the NHS and privately.

Each mini-course contains self-assessment questions with immediate feedback on the answers.

A certificate is available on completion for annual appraisals and revalidation purposes. The course comes with a recommended number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points as awarded by the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.


How to Access the Course


You can access selected lessons free of charge if you register, or simply by logging in if you have already registered. This includes the associated assessment questions. To access the full set of courses, you will need to pay the course fee. The fee includes a personalised certificate of completion when you have completed all ten courses. To see the details and to pay, please first register or login. For group subscriptions, please send us your enquiry via the contact form which is available at the foot of the front page when you are logged in.


Course students are eligible for free access to the constantly updated travel medicine information resource Travax which is supplied by the NHS through Health Protection Scotland.

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We wish to acknowledge receipt of an Independent Educational Grant from GlaxoSmithKline, which enabled the investment in the detailed consultation process necessary for the development of the software which delivers ABC of Travel Health. This was a wholly unconditional educational grant and no commercial or other influence of any kind was or is exerted over any of the content whatsoever and without exception. We are grateful to GSK, since without their seed funding the ABC would not exist.