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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Biomedical Sciences : Emerging and Neglected Infectious Diseases

Postgraduate Course: Travel medicine and infectious diseases (EMND11008)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryTravel and tourism undoubtedly remains one of the most popular past-times for people the world over, with millions of people travelling to their chosen destinations every year, these short-term, long distance movements, are also seen as a reflection of increase globalisation.

This course aims to introduce the challenges of travel medicine, considering the recreational short-term traveller, as well as long term population movement; with emphasis placed upon the influence of infectious diseases.
Course description During the five week delivery of this course, we will:

1. Consider the epidemiology and surveillance of travel related disease.
2. Consider common travel related health complaints, and the prevention of these conditions through prophylaxis, vaccination and behavioural modification.
3. Review the management of the returning traveller.
4. Reflect upon the lessons that can be learnt from mass gatherings, as well as the challenges that these pose to the visiting and local populations.
5. Draw upon a range of contemporary issues related to the subject of travel medicine and infectious disease.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities will constitute 40% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Feedback Summative assessment consists of a written element, worth 60% of the total mark, and an online element worth 40%. In both cases, comprehensive written feedback is provided individually with 15 working days of the assessment deadline. Students are expected to reflect on their feedback, to seek additional clarification if appropriate, and to use this to improve on future assignments of a similar nature.

Formative assessment consists of discussion around what is expected of each piece of assessed work for the course. This is conducted in an open discussion forum for all students to contribute to and provides an opportunity to clearly understand the key requirements for each assignment before submission.

Any student can post questions about the assignment and a response will be posted on the discussion board by the course tutor within 3 working days.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate original and creative responses to subject specific issues relating to travel medicine and infectious diseases.
  2. Apply critical evaluation and make informed judgements relating to health challenges experiences by the overseas traveller, often in the absence of complete or consistent data.
  3. Communicate within a peer relationship, drawing from their critical awareness of current issues associated with health and the perception of risk outside the home environment.
  4. Identify and conceptualise the challenges to health of the visiting and local populations when hosting mass gathering events.
Reading List
Resources will be provided throughout the course these should be viewed as starting point from which the student should then apply their own self-directed research.

Core reading includes the CDC Yellow Book, which is available as open access at the following URL:
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will provide opportunities for students to improve and develop their skills in critical analysis.

Communication skills will be developed through discussion boards and by communication of research in a written assignment.

Students are encouraged to use their personal and intellectual autonomy to evaluate ideas, evidence and experience from an open minded and reasoned perspective.
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment of Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by a secure username and password. These access details are made available to registered users only.

Additional Class Delivery Information This course will be delivered online through Learn.
KeywordsTravel Medicine,Infectious Disease,Global health,Infectious diseases
Course organiserDr Kim Picozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 6257
Course secretaryMrs Dan Yan
Tel: (131 6)515470
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