USC International Travel Medicine Review Certificate Course

This ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education program in International Travel Medicine has been designed to assist pharmacists in expanding their knowledge and skills related to improving care provided to patients traveling internationally. The pharmacist is in a unique position to help patients traveling abroad to fully prepare them by recommending appropriate immunizations, medications, and over the counter products, as well as to provide them with travel advice.

Target Audience

Pharmacists with an interest in providing travel health services that have preferably completed an immunization training program

Benefits for Patients and Pharmacists

  • Optimal pre-travel health clinic preparation
  • Preparation to sit for the international certificate examination
  • Compensation for services on a fee-for-service basis


The certificate program consists of:

  • Home Study Program (15 hours, 1.50 CEUs) – Knowledge-Based Activity
    Registrants will be emailed the web addresses and instructions for the required presentations and reading materials, as well as a 68-item pre-test and post-test; the minimum passing score is set at 75% for the post-test.


Earn 15 hours of continuing education credit

Cost of the program


Home Study Pre-recorded Online Modules
(approximately 30-60 minutes each)

  • Module 1 USC International Travel Medicine Review
  • Module 2 Introduction to Epidemiology & Environmental Impact on Microbes
  • Module 3 Immunization Principles Part A – Mode of Immunity, CDC vaccination recommendations, anaphylaxis and use of epinephrine rescue
  • Module 4 Immunization Principles Part B – Documentation, Vaccine Storage
  • Module 5 Food/Water Precautions: Food and Water Borne Illness – Heat, filtration, halogenation
  • Module 6 Travelers Diarrhea – Pathogens, Antimicrobial and other treatments
  • Module 7 Other Diseases Spread by Food and Water – Typhoid, Cholera
  • Module 8 Diseases Spread by Person-to-Person Contact Part A – Flu, Pneumonia
  • Module 9 Diseases Spread by Person-to-Person Contact Part B – MMR, TB, Varicella
  • Module 10 Diseases Spread by Person-to-Person Contact Part C – Diphtheria, Pertussis, Hepatitis B & C, Meningococcal infection, STDs, Ebola
  • Module 11 Vector-borne Diseases Part A – Mosquitos, DEET, Picaridin, Permethrin
  • Module 12 Vector-borne Diseases Part B – Malaria: Prevention and Treatment
  • Module 13 Vector-borne Diseases Part C – Dengue, Chikungunya, Mayaro Virus, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Zika virus, Filariasis
  • Module 14 Vector-borne Diseases Part D – Leishmaniasis, Trypanosomiasis, Onchocerciasis (river blindness), plague
  • Module 15 Environmental Aspects of Travel Medicine Part A – Jet lag, motion sickness
  • Module 16 Environmental Aspects of Travel Medicine Part B – Radiation, Venous thrombosis, aircraft environment
  • Module 17 Environmental Aspects of Travel Medicine Part C – Altitude, sunburn, heat, high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE)
  • Module 18 Disease Spread by Environmental Contact – Schistosomiasis, Leptospirosis, Legionella, Cutaneous Larva Migrans, Tetanus
  • Module 19 Bites, Stings and Envenomations – rabies, jellyfish, sea urchins, biting fish
  • Module 20 Special Populations – children, elderly, pregnancy, medically-ill
  • Module 21 Traveling with Medications and Medical Kits
  • Module 22 Safety, Security, and Medical Care Overseas
  • Module 23 The Pre-Travel Consultation: Travel History Form Review
  • Module 24 The Pre-Travel Consultation: Informatics
  • Module 25 The Pre-Travel Consultation: Risk Communication and Management
  • Module 26 Travel Health Clinic implementation
  • Module 27 Diseases of the Returned Traveler


At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the concept and practice of travel medicine and pre-travel health
  • Recognize factors associated with global climate change that affect travel risks
  • Describe basic principles of epidemiology and interpretation of epidemiologic data
  • Select from various electronic commercial and non-commercial resources that are necessary to evaluate a traveler’s risk of disease
  • Describe the essential elements of the pre-travel consultation
  • Describe elements of effective risk communication
  • Compare the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and methods of prevention of specific vaccine-preventable travel-related illnesses
  • Compare the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and methods of prevention of specific non-vaccine preventable travel-related illnesses
  • Compare the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and methods of prevention of non-infectious travel-related illnesses
  • Discuss the travel health issues specific to special populations
  • Discuss principles of immunization
  • Differentiate between routine, required, and recommended immunizations
  • Apply knowledge of patient-specific variables and travel-related illnesses to appropriately assess risks for travelers
  • Discuss treatment approaches to self-treatable conditions for international travelers
  • Outline essential counseling points for travelers with respect to personal safety, security, injury prevention, and crime avoidance
  • Determine the need for treatment and/or referral for a returned traveler based on travel history, presentation, and disease characteristics
  • Describe collaborative practice regulations regarding travel health services within pharmacist scope of practice in your state
  • Create a plan for implementing a practice in travel medicine including protocol, policy and procedures, and methods of compensation