Introduction to Travel Medicine


Learning outcomes of the curricular unit
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.ª Doutora Ana Glória Fonseca


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





WHO International Travel and Health 2012 e Updates
CDC Yellow Book 2020 - Health Information for International Travel. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Teaching method

Theoretical and practical classes, discussion of clinical cases, individual and group work. The evaluation consists of an individual work: review paper on a travel medicine topic.

Evaluation method


Subject matter

Globalization, international travel, health and safety
Prepare the traveller: understand and communicate the risk
Travel medicine and zoonosis - "one world, one health"
Genetics and Communicable Diseases
Other vector and non 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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