Specialist Certificate in Travel Medicine

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Specialist Certificate
Course Specialist Certificate in Travel Medicine
Course Code SC-TRAVMED
Partner Faculty The Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Background Health practitioners caring for new arrivals from endemic areas of tropical disease, or for travellers, require deep working knowledge of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious and other disease to which exposure is common in the tropics. Furthermore, travel itself presents specific hazards and considerations for health. Most doctors traditionally receive little training in tropical and travellers’ health. The course is delivered through the Nossal Institute for Global Health (University of Melbourne).
Course Description This 25-point Specialist Certificate is delivered intensively over a 2 week period and encompasses a range of presentations and interactive activities to enable participants to:
  • Express intimate understanding of the pathology of infectious disease important to tropical and travelers’ health
  • Expertly practice prevention, diagnosis and management of key tropical diseases
  • Effectively consult with travelers, and new arrivals from areas of high tropical disease prevalence, to design and implement tailored prevention/management strategies
  • Access current information and databases relevant to tropical and travellers’ health
  • Give consideration to specific non-infectious issues of health pertinent to travel and tropical regions
Delivery Mode and Location The course is delivered face to face at The University of Melbourne.
Who Should Apply Medical graduates or academic Nursing Graduates with extensive experience in clinical tropical health.
Subjects The course requires completion of one 25 point subject: Management of Tropical Disease (25 points) – content includes: the epidemiology of tropical disease; prevention, diagnosis and management of tropical disease, - vector-borne diseases, food and water borne disease, parasitic disease, dysentery an, protozoal disease - for example, malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, filiariasis, schistosomiasis, tetanus, tuberculosis, acute respiratory disease and sexually transmitted infections/HIV;, parasitology, entomology and helminthology; pre travel consultation and post-travel triage, determination of fitness to travel; vaccination, prophylactic medication and other strategies of disease prevention (travellers’ information and databases); accidents and emergency repatriation; and high altitude sickness, pregnancy (and other pre-existing health conditions) and travel.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
Additional Information Nossal Institute for Global Health
Academic and Teaching Team The academic team is led by Dr Timothy Moore (Nossal Institute for Global Health) and Associate Prof Jim Black (Nossal Institute for Global Health).
Entry Requirements
  • Medical Degree, e.g. MB,BS or MD (verified by endorsed academic transcript), or
  • Nursing Degree (verified by endorsed academic transcript) and at least 5 years relevant experience in clinical tropical health (supported by written professional reference)
  • Meet University of Melbourne English language entry requirements
More information on the specific documentation required is available at How to Apply (http://www.commercial.unimelb.edu.au/apply). In addition to the formal entry requirements, a document briefly outlining your interest in undertaking this course should be uploaded with your application.
Course Fees $6,440 for 2017

2018 Fees TBC
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources and limited catering (basic refreshments) during intensive delivery of subjects. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Delivery Dates and Times This course will not run in 2017. Please complete an enquiry form for further information.
Related courses and subjects The Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
The Specialist Certificate in the Practice of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Contact Program Coordinator - Kathy Griffiths
Email - tl-dtmh@unimelb.edu.au
Phone - (03) 8344 2601