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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 Register


You can access selected lessons free of charge if you register, or simply by logging in if you have already registered. This enables us to store your course progress and report card, should you wish to sign up to the full course in future, with your course progress saved. To access the full set of courses, you will need to pay the course fee. The course fee includes a personalised certificate of completion when you have completed all ten minicourses. To see the details and to pay, please first register or login.


Course students are eligible for free access to the excellent and constantly updated travel medicine information resource 'Travax' supplied by the NHS through Health Protection Scotland. How to gain access is explained under 'How it works' which you can access after registering

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We wish to acknowledge receipt of an Independent Educational Grant from GlaxoSmithKline, enabling the investment in the detailed consultation process necessary for the development of the tailor-made software which now exactly fits the needs of our educational process as currently understood and has allowed us to both develop and deliver these courses. This was a completely unconditional educational grant and no influence of any kind was or is exerted over any of the content whatsoever and without exception. We are very grateful to GSK since without their assitance, the course simply would not exist due to absence of financial resource.