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.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

Teaching methodologies include 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. If the constraints associated with the SARS Cov2 / COVID 19 pandemic prevail, teaching will be conducted in an e-learning format with synchronous sessions, and if necessary, with asynchronous sessions, to the detriment of the face-to-face format.

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
 Traveling on a humanitarian mission
 The traveller health kit
 Post travel assessment


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