Introduction to Travel Medicine


To understand the concept of travel medicine and the global and individual implications of the international traveller health

To understand the role of health professionals in the traveller’s protection

To identify potential risks associated with international travel

To recognize the aspects of prevention as a way of reducing risks to the health of the traveller

To learn how to individualize the recommendations according to the trip and the traveller

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor João Luis Baptista


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





WHO International Travel and Health 2012 e 2015 Updates

CDC Health Information for International Travel 2016 -

Vídeos da OMS desenvolvidos em algumas temáticas das aulas e a introduzir de modo específico.

Teaching method

Theoretical and practical classes, discussion of clinical cases, individual and group work.

Evaluation method

The evaluation consists of an individual work: review paper on a travel medicine topic according to the publication guidelines for revision articles of Acta Médica Portuguesa.

Subject matter

  • Globalization, international travel, health and safety
  • Prepare the traveller: understand and communicate the risk
  • Travel medicine and zoonosis - "one world, one health"
  • Malaria
  • Genetics and Communicable Diseases
  • Other vector-borne diseases
  • Risks associated with the environment and their prevention
  • Vaccines and vaccination in the international traveller
  • Special travellers (children, the elderly and pregnant women)
  • Other special travellers
  • Emerging and re-emerging diseases and travel medicine
  • The traveller health kit
  • Post travel assessment
  • Available tools and resources in travel medicine


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