Title: Travellers Health
Keywords: Tropical medicine
Disease prevention, control and elimination
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Dr. Andreas Neumayr
Date start: 2024-01-22
Date end: 2024-01-26
About duration and dates: Application dedaline: 10.12.2023
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel
ECTS credit points: 1.5 ECTS credits
28 hours lectures, 2 hours exam, 15 hours self-directed learning; total 45 hours student investment time.
Language: English
At the end of this module participants should be able:
● to critically appraise the essential aspects of advice for travellers going abroad, i.e. general issues (transport-related disorders, climatic and hygiene issues, behavioural matters, insurance and repatriation possibilities), animal hazards, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria and dengue prevention, and vaccinations.
● to provide special advice for particular risk groups, i.e. children, pregnant women, long-term expatriates, immune-compromised and chronically ill travellers, and the elderly.
● to communicate the relevant self-treatment issues during travel with regard to diarrhoeal and respiratory tract disorders, skin problems and fever.
● to triage the most commonly observed disorders among returning travellers, i.e. geographically targeted differential diagnosis of fever, diarrhoeal diseases, skin lesions and peripheral blood
Assessment Procedures:
A multiple choice (MC), open-book examination based on the contents of all interventions will take place on the last day of the course on all topics of the course (2 hours exam). Online students are expected to have their cameras turned on during the exam.

If a student should fail any of the components they are allowed to resit the assessment once within 2-4 weeks.
The minimum pass mark will be 70% for the assignment.
Scores reports will be communicated electronically via email.
Pre-travel advice: goals of travel medicine, risk analysis, vaccinations, vector borne diseases prophylaxis, special risk groups (e.g. pregnant women and children), efforts to harmonize and standardize travel medicine, information tools, communication information.

Health problems abroad: risk factors and common healthproblems during travel and their management
The returning traveller: differential diagnosis of travel-related diseases (fever, diarrhoea, skin disorders, eosinophilia) and their diagnostic and therapeutic approach.
Lectures (23 hrs), discussions (5 hrs) , individual reading (15 hrs).
● Academic training or a professional qualification in a relevant field to the subject (clinical medicine and other healthcare professions (e.g. nurses, pharmacists, etc.)
● Availability of a computer with good internet connection (for own email and web applications).
● English requirements: TOEFL paper 550 / computer 213 / internet 79 – 80 or IELTS 6.0 or native speaker or completed higher education in English (with written proof).
Maximum number of students: 35 (online places limited). Minimum number of students: 12.
First come first serve
CHF 1’100.-. For students registered as a tropEd Master student at any tropEd home institution the fee is CHF 950.-.
Scholarships: None.
Major changes since initial accreditation:
The major change in 2022 was the change from a purely on-site course to a hybrid format with participants and lecturers either taking part online or on site. The main reason for this was to provide access to students not able travel to Switzerland. Additionally, fine-tuning according to the feedback of participants and changes in travellers’ health priorities did take place to make the learnings more applicable, e.g. the inclusion of a group work to practice pre-travel health advice based on questions arising during daily pre-travel health advice.
Student evaluation:

The participants’ evaluation is very positive on content and educational approach. Details about participant satisfaction are available in the course secretariat.
Lessons learned:

Participants expect on the one hand well structured lectures providing up to date information, on the other hand practical examples and skills to be used in in daily work.
tropEd accreditation:

Accredited in Berlin 1998. Re-accredited in March 2005 and October 2011. Half year extension has been accepted in Amsterdam 2016. Re-accredited in June 2017 and Septembre 2022. This accreditation is valid until Septembre 2027.
Email Address: courses@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-12 10:00:54 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-12 16:10:16 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-07-06 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-07-27 10:05:16 (W3C-DTF)