Food and Waterborne Diseases for Health Professionals

Learn how to advise travellers on the relevant diseases transmitted by food and water
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

In this course you’ll learn everything you need to know about the various travel related diseases transmitted by food and water. You will learn about specific diseases, and how they are transmitted, treated and prevented, as well as learning methods for quickly teaching others the important points in a concise manner. 

You’ll be introduced to a unique framework called the 5Ts of tropical disease, which will be use to walk you through diseases such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio, and Traveller’s Diarrhoea. You’ll learn a host of interesting facts about each disease which you can take back to your consultations, and there are load of resources to help you remember all the important points.

This course is particularly suitable for travel health professionals who will be delivering health advice to travellers who are heading to parts of the world with increased health risks. Some of the content is particularly aimed at professionals from the UK, though the vast majority will be beneficial for health professionals or students from any part of the world, who wish to gain a better knowledge of the diseases related to food and water hygiene.

The course is a combination of video presentations, written lectures and maps, and multiple choice exams to test your knowledge. There are a number of PDF resources to download. It should take less than two hours to complete.

What are the requirements?

  • Nothing

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Give the best advice on diseases from Hep A to Cholera

Who is the target audience?

  • The course is designed for health professionals who advise travellers on health risks before travel

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Section 1: Introduction

In this lecture you will learn the basics of food and water hygiene issues in general, with particular emphasis on the increased problems in lower income countries. You will also learn about the most significant diseases affecting travellers to these countries.


In this lecture you will be taken step by step through the 5Ts framework which we will be using to guide us through all of the diseases in this course. You will see how the framework can be used as a guide for learning about or teaching any disease but it also has a special use as a quick way to remember the information, and summarise it when time is short.

Section 2: Hepatitis A

Lets get started with the 5Ts of Hepatitis A.  Learn the significance of the incubation period in relation to the vaccine as well as the surprisingly high rates of asymptomatic Hep A in children.

Hepatits A world distribution map
Hep A - Test yourself
7 questions
Hepatitis A summary and sound bite
Section 3: Typhoid

Learn all about the 5Ts of typhoid including the significance of the incubation period in relation to the vaccine as well as the low rates of protection from vaccination. 

Typhoid world distribution map
Typhoid - Test yourself
6 questions
Typhoid summary and sound bite
Section 4: Poliomyelitis

Learn about the 5Ts of polio within the larger picture of the global attempts to eradicate the disease. See also the PDF showing the current certificate regulations and recommendations. 


Current international regulations and recommendations in light of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Polio world distribution map
Polio- Test yourself
5 questions
Polio summary and soundbite
Section 5: Cholera

This is a self guided section where you will research cholera yourself using the 5Ts framework. But try not to cheat! Don't look at lecture 15 before you have attempted to find the information yourself!

Cholera world distribution map
Cholera - Test yourself
5 questions
Cholera - summary and soundbites
Section 6: Traveller's Diarrhoea

We've kept the biggest subject until last! In this lecture you will get an in depth understanding of how travellers' diarrhoea can be transmitted, treated (or not as the case may be!) and prevented.

Traveller's Diarrhoea world distribution map
Traveller's Diarrhoea- Test yourself
9 questions
Traveller's Diarrhoea summary and soundbites
Section 7: Prevention of F&W borne diseases
F&W borne diseases prevention lecture and PDF

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Instructor Biography

Euan Naismith, Specialist Travel Health Nurse

I have been training, developing, and supporting travel health nurses and pharmacists for a large travel health company for over five years. A large part of my work, and the area about which I am most passionate, is developing travel health training programs which involve both live courses and online learning. Having worked closely with many individual travel health professionals I have gained a good feel for the problems they face in understanding this vast subject, and developed solutions  to facilitate a smoother learning process.

Having always had a passion for travel I have undertaken extended trips to North and South America, Europe and SE Asia. Combining this with a passion for health care I have managed, during my fourteen year nursing career, to work on a number of health projects in developing countries including running a health post in a remote part of Nepal, being an expedition medic in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and running rural clinics in central India.

In addition to my basic nursing qualification and a BSc (Hons) in Emergency Care, I hold the Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Diploma in Travel Medicine from the Royal Collage of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow where I am a Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine.

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