Health Tips


Medical care, including mental health care, emergency medical care and medicine may not be as available and/or of a quality comparable to that available in the United States. Students are strongly encouraged to take ownership for their own health by talking with their family doctor, mental health professionals, and/or Miami University travel nurse prior to departure.  Students should also become informed about their health abroad by consulting the Center for Disease Control (CDC) travel health information for the location(s) they will visit. Verify necessary medical needs can be met in the abroad location, and in your travel.


Refer to the CDC and consult with your medical professionals or Miami University travel clinic to learn more about recommendations for your travel country. Schedule all doctor/dental appointments well in advance. Be sure to schedule all necessary immunizations on time; some immunizations may require multiple visits.

Local Concerns

Exposure to new environments and new countries can cause unique health issues. You may be experience health changes including: altitude sickness, allergies, gastrointestinal distress, local diseases, and more.


Refill prescription medicine and ensure you have enough for the entire program. You cannot fill U.S. prescriptions abroad and mailing medications internationally may be considered illegal. Talk to your insurance provider, International SOS, and your doctor to determine the best course of action for you. Pack all medicines in your carry-on luggage instead of checking it. Keep it in its original packaging to ensure there aren’t issues with entering the country.

Health Products

Health products such as over the counter medications, sunscreen, saline solution, or tampons may be difficult to find in-country, or they may be different than you’re used to. You may need to bring them with you or adapt to the local products.

Sexual Health

Whatever decisions you make about sex abroad, ensure that they are smart and healthy. Know what types of sexual health resources are available in the country you are going to. Protect yourself against STIs and HIV/AIDS and research forms of protection available in your country. The CDC and the World Health Organization provide detailed information concerning the prevalence of sexual health issues in different countries.