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The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health (DCH) comprises two papers, CHHX 701 and CHHX 702. Although the two papers can be taken concurrently, it is recommended that students enrol for CHHX 701 immediately before or after completing CHHX 702.
CHHX 701 is also available, on its own, to a wider range of postgraduate students from medical training programmes (e.g. the Family Medicine Training Programme, or the Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) degree), as well as non-medical postgraduate students from health professions such as nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
CHHX 702 can also be taken as a stand-alone paper for a Certificate of Proficiency (COP), an attractive option for medical staff going into fields such as emergency medicine and anaesthesia.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health (DCH) is also available through Distance Learning.
For information on DCH examinations, see the Distance Learning Examination Timetable elsewhere on this website.
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Dunedin School of Medicine
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Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
The programme shall consist of two papers normally to be taken concurrently or in consecutive semesters:
Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
- Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine.
- Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme of study for the diploma shall consist of two papers, CHHX 701 (see Note) and CHHX 702, which are normally to be taken concurrently or in consecutive semesters.
- In order to complete the requirements for CHHX 702, the candidate will normally hold, for a minimum of 26 weeks, a hospital position in Paediatrics approved for this purpose.
Duration of the Programme
The programme requirements shall normally be completed within two years of admission to the programme.
Candidates shall be assessed by written and clinical examinations. An oral examination may also be required.
Level of Award of the Diploma
The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.
Note: Paper CHHX 701 is taught through the Distance Learning Programme. As well as being a compulsory paper for DCH, it may be taken by other approved health professionals; it is not restricted to medical graduates.