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What is the ISTM(International Society of Travel Medicine)Certificate of Knowledge Program™ Exam?

The ISTM Certificate of Knowledge Program™ was created to:

  • Establish an international standard for travel medicine practitioners

  • Encourage individual and global professional development in the area of travel medicine

  • Formally recognize individuals who pass the Certificate of Knowledge™ Examination

  • Serve the public by promoting quality travel medicine services

  • Demonstrate the global validity of epidemiological data and of preventive strategies

As with most healthcare disciplines, the practice of travel medicine is a changing and evolving field. In recognition of the critical need for travel medicine practitioners to maintain and increase their skills and knowledge, the ISTM has developed a continuing professional development program for travel medicine practitioners. The program is structured around a 10-year cycle of professional education, study and involvement in the field of travel medicine.

Activities which comprise this program include, but are not limited to: passing an examination, educational programs and products, writing, editing and reviewing publications, teaching, research, clinical work and other professional development in which travel medicine practitioners participate.

The ISTM welcomes applications from all qualified professionals who provide travel medicine-related services on a full- or part-time basis. The exam is open to all licensed travel medicine professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and others. Both ISTM members and non-members are eligible to participate.

Become a  Travel Health Expert 

Follow these steps

Register for the ISTM Certificate of Knowledge™ Exam

First, register for the online exam through the ISTM below. Deadline is January 16 for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 30 January 2024, 10:00 EST 

  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 4:00 EST 

  • Thursday, 1 February 2024, 22:00 EST 


Get the Comprehensive Travel Health Examination Study Companion

Next, purchase your Comprehensive Travel Health Examination Study Companion. This course provides a comprehensive summary for the basic knowledge points that any travel medicine practitioner would be expected to know. The seven units are based directly on the International Society of Travel Medicine (or “ISTM”) Body of Knowledge for the Practice of Travel Medicine. 


Sign up for the ISTM Certificate of Knowledge™ Study Session with Suzanne Garrett

Book two study sessions with Suzanne Garrett in real time. She will be holding two hour-long study sessions to field any questions you may have before you write your exam. The sessions will be held on:

  • Saturday, 20 January 2023 , 16:00 EST 

  • Sunday, 21 January 2023, 18:00 EST

 REMEMBER TO REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS. The study companion must be purchased before registering for these tutorials. 

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