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TM5512 - Travel Medicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Travel medicine seeks to prevent illnesses and injuries occurring to travellers going abroad, develop contingency plans whilst they are abroad, and manage problems arising in travellers coming back or coming from abroad. The main focus is to prevent illnesses and injuries during travel by using different approaches, mainly through the provision of health advice, vaccination, chemoprophylaxis and other preventive measures. You will learn about the different risks for travellers in different regions of the world. You will also apply your knowledge in addressing special groups of travellers.

Learning Outcomes

  • provide pre- and post-travel health advise and health education to the traveller;
  • appraise the main risks of the most common diseases for travellers in specific regions/countries;
  • formulate a vaccination schedule as well as preventive measures tailored to the needs of the individual traveller or group;
  • critically analyse available literature on approaches to prevention of common travel health problems;
  • discuss approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of the most common travel-related health problems/illnesses in traveller seeking clinical care.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Other exams - (60%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (40%).


Townsville, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Face to face teaching 21-Sep-2020 to 25-Sep-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Assoc. Professor Lars Henning, Professor Peter Leggat
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Lars Henning, Dr Diana Rojas Alvarez, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.