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Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (DPH)

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Applications for the 2015 Public Health Postgraduate Programmes will open on 1 September 2014.

Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (DPH) is designed to develop public health skills at the postgraduate level. Candidates are required to hold a degree or to have appropriate professional qualifications and experience.

The programme is taught as an internal (on campus) programme in the University’s three medical schools. It consists of four papers, two of which as compulsory. Two others may be selected from six options, including a special topic.

The structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is changing. Please visit the DPH blog page to see how this affects you.

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Information for New Applicants

The course is open to those with a wide variety of backgrounds and qualifications. Overseas perspectives are a rich component of the course and we welcome applications from international students. Selection may have to be made from qualified applicants if demand exceeds the available places and resources for the course.

As a guide, a general requirement for entry into postgraduate public health courses is a good undergraduate degree, diploma, or professional qualification, which would normally equate to a B average overall.

Note: In the admission process priority consideration will be given to applications for first enrolment received by 15 November in the year preceding entry. After this date please make inquiries with the relevant Department.

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Contact Details

Rebekah Higgs
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Department of Public Health and General Practice
University of Otago, Christchurch
Email: rebekah.higgs@otago.ac.nz

Debbie Payne
Administrative Assistant
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Dunedin School of Medicine
Email postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz

Kate Geany
Postgraduate Administrator
Department of Public Health
University of Otago, Wellington
Email: secph.wsmhs@otago.ac.nz

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Subject Area

Schedule of Endorsed Options

Unendorsed OptionPUBH 711, PUBH 712, PUBH 713, PUBH 714 and four further PUBH papers to the value of 60 points.
Endorsed Options
EpidemiologyPUBH 711, PUBH 712, PUBH 713, PUBH 714; three of PUBH 721, PUBH 725, PUBH 726, PUBH 732, and one further PUBH paper to the value of 15 points.
Health PromotionPUBH 711, PUBH 712, PUBH 713, PUBH 714, PUBH 741, PUBH 744, and two further PUBH papers to the value of 30 points.
Social Research MethodsPUBH 711, PUBH 712, PUBH 713, PUBH 714, PUBH 723, PUBH 724; one of PUBH 725, PUBH 736, PUBH 743 and one further PUBH paper to the value of 15 points.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (DPH)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. 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.
    2. Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:
      1. have been admitted to a degree or diploma of a university in New Zealand;
      2. hold an appropriate professional qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine;
      3. have been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the diploma.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of two approved papers from the Schedule for either the unendorsed or an endoresed option worth a total of 120 points, including the four compulsory papers (PUBH 711, PUBH 712, PUBH 713 and PUBH 714, each worth 15 points). A candidate shall not be awarded the diploma unless a pass has been gained in each of the selected papers including the compulsory papers.
    2. If the diploma is to be endorsed in an area of specialisation, the papers must be as specified in the schedule.
    3. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences), a candidate may substitute for one of the prescribed papers an appropriate paper at an equivalent level offered by another university or examining body.
    4. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health shall be exempted from those papers for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall be one academic year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

  4. Examination

    Every candidate must gain terms before being admitted to examinations.

  5. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  6. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: In the admission process priority consideration will be given to applications for first enrolment received by 15 November in the year preceding entry.

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