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Study Travel Medicine at Otago

Are you looking to build your knowledge and skills in travel medicine?

Our distance-taught qualifications will help you take your career further, with up-to-date information and education designed specifically for working health care professionals.

  • Gain a nationally-recognised qualification
  • Bring modern, interprofessional thinking to travel medicine care
  • Learn from an outstanding teaching team
  • Receive unparalleled support
  • Study when and where it suits you

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Travel Medicine at Otago

Who are our qualifications for?

Our papers and qualifications are designed for working health care professionals in primary health care settings.

Students come from a range of disciplines, including:

  • Doctors (GP Registrars, GPs)
  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmacists

If you are an employer, having your staff undertake our postgraduate studies in travel medicine will enhance the services you can offer patients. In addition to providing the skills necessary to deliver comprehensive pre-travel health care, our Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine fulfills one of the requirements of yellow fever authorisation.

Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (PGCertTravMed)

This programme lays the foundation for excellent travel medicine practice, enabling graduates to appropriately advise and manage travellers pre-travel and post-travel. Study full-time or part-time over 1–3 years. Two core papers totalling 60 points.

Requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (PGCertTravMed)

Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed)

Build on your certificate and extend your learning to your area of interest. Study full-time or part-time over 2–5 years. Three core papers totalling 120 points plus one elective paper.

Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed)

Master of Travel Medicine (MTravMed)

Build on your diploma and research with leaders in your field; answer your burning questions. Study full-time or part-time over 2–4 years. Choose a portfolio of research or an in-depth thesis.

The MTravMed comprises 120 points plus completion of the diploma, totalling 240 points.

Requirements for the Master of Travel Medicine (MTravMed)

What do our recent students say?

“After working for a travel medicine doctor for seven years I decided I needed to learn more about this specialty area, so I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine and have started studying for the postgraduate diploma.

In addition to being able to give vaccines, as prescribed, I can now also educate travellers about how to keep safe while overseas. This is helpful to the doctor as they have limited time to do their travel medicine consult.

I have found distance learning a lot easier than I thought it would be. The tutors use a variety of online tools to teach the course, and it is easy to interact with them and the other students on the course through Zoom conferences and discussion boards. The lecturers and support staff go out of their way to ensure students are supported to get through the course and pass. They respond to questions very quickly and nothing appears to be a problem. All of the staff are passionate about what they do.

The residentials are awesome. I have learned so much from them and they are also a good opportunity to meet fellow students that we have interacted with through the discussion boards.

I would definitely recommend distance study. It may seem daunting to start with, especially if you have not done it before or it has been a long time since last studying, but it does become easier once you get started and there is plenty of technical support if you need it.”

— Claire Bedford
Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine
Registered Nurse, Hawkes Bay


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Postgraduate Co-ordinator
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel +64 4 918 5626


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