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Master of Travel Medicine (MTravMed)

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Overview

Master of Travel Medicine (MTravMed) graduates will have a thorough and rigorous understanding of the discipline of Travel Medicine, including tropical and migrant medicine, and a broad knowledge of health care systems and the place of Travel Medicine within those systems, particularly in relation to effective delivery in primary health care settings. They will be able to contribute significantly to new interdisciplinary developments in health care delivery, and to an increasing international body of knowledge in Travel Medicine. They will have an understanding of the principles of evidence-based practice, and of research methodology appropriate to the discipline, including both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Intending students should make early contact with the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice (University of Otago, Wellington) regarding study plans.

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Contact Details

Postgraduate Coordinator
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel: 64 4 918 5626
Email: primarycare.distance@otago.ac.nz
Web: http://www.otago.ac.nz/studytravelmedicine

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Schedule of Papers (not exclusive)

Paper Points

GENX 702 Sexual and Reproductive Health

GENX 720 Refugee and Migrant Health

HASX 417 Health Sciences Research Methods

PRHX 702 Wilderness and Expedition Medicine

Appropriate Primary Health Care, Aviation Medicine and Public Health papers (subject to individual application to the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care).

30

30

30

30

30

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Travel Medicine (MTravMed)

  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:
      1. have been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine, or
      2. hold an equivalent qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, and
      3. have successfully completed a paper or papers worth at least 30 points in research methods relevant to Health Sciences, as approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine.
    3. In exceptional circumstances the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine may approve an exemption from the specified prerequisites.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of one of the following:
      1. a thesis on an approved topic (120 points); or
      2. a research portfolio (120 points); or
      3. a research portfolio (90 points) plus approved research methods papers(s) worth 30 points; or
      4. a dissertation (60 points) plus approved papers worth 60 points.
    2. A candidate may not present a thesis, dissertation or research portfolio which has previously been accepted, in whole or in part, for another degree.
    3. The programme of study including as appropriate, the topic of the thesis or research portfolio and the supervisors of the research, or the component papers shall be approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine.
    4. For the thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete wiithin one year of full-time study.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The degree will normally be completed on a part-time basis. The degree shall normally require not less than two years of part-time study (or one year of full-time study) and not more than four years of part-time study (or two years of full-time study). Exceptions shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

  4. Examination of the Thesis or Dissertation

    1. The thesis, dissertation or portfolio shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
    2. The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
    3. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis, dissertation or portfolio and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the work as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options specified in clause (d) below.
    4. The examiners may recommend that a thesis, dissertation or portfolio:
      1. be accepted without amendments;
      2. be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion and to the satisfaction of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine;
      3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
    5. Amendments 4(d)(ii) and revisions 4(d)(iii) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
    6. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis, dissertation or portfolio for examination once only.
    7. If a revised and resubmitted thesis, dissertation or portfolio is finally accepted, the result shall be either Pass or Fail (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
    8. Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine shall report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.
    9. The candidate may be required to take an oral examination in the field of knowledge in which the thesis or portfolio lies.

  5. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree 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.

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