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International Travel Preparation, Safety, & Wellness

3rd term
International Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Anna Kalbarczyk

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Whether you've traveled before or not, living and working in unfamiliar settings can be challenging. This is further compounded by growing recognition that traditional practices in international training have substantive colonial roots. Self-reflect on your intentions, raise your awareness about the role of identity(ies) in international work, learn how best to prepare and make the most of your time.

Prepares students who aim to work and live overseas. Explores the epidemiology of common morbidity and mortality among travelers. Examines key prevention, safety, and travel medicine principles and services to contextualize risks and maintain wellness. Reviews applicable interventions, appropriate vaccines, and personal protection methods to prepare students to respond to expected and unexpected situations. Assists students with personal preparations for travel through country-specific assignments. Challenges students to examine travel health and safety priorities through case studies and discussions.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Determine what resources and services (visas, consular services, insurance, travel assistance etc.) are required for international travel and work and understand when to engage them
  2. Locate and evaluate resources for identifying region-specific health concerns, required immunizations, and travel medicine services
  3. Practice safe travel protocols, including registering with your embassy, understanding different organizations' evacuation plans, and traveling in groups
  4. Create a travel plan using knowledge of risks, preventive measures, and interventions as applied to a country
  5. Examine ethical dilemmas in global health field experiences
  6. Define cultural competence and consider the impact of cultural differences on overseas experiences
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Quizzes
  • 20% Discussion Board
  • 40% Reflection
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required