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Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC)


Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC) through the Wellington campus in 2015

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This is a multidisciplinary qualification available for those engaged in the delivery of primary health care.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC) provides a basic multidisciplinary course for students who complete a core paper in primary health care (PRHC 701) plus further approved paper(s) which can be selected from a wide range of topics relevant to primary health care.

It provides a formal nationally recognised qualification for primary health care workers.

Graduates of the programme will have undertaken an approved course that is specifically focused towards primary health care. As the students come from differing backgrounds (medical, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, management) these skills may be oriented towards management, clinical practice, basic primary care research or a combination of these.

As a consequence of the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, the graduate will gain an appreciation of team dynamics in the primary health care setting. The team approach, now so essential to professional practitioners in primary health care, will be fostered and confirmed.

The graduate will have an understanding of the nature and practice of primary health care, and experience in working with a variety of health professionals involved in primary health care.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC) is available through Distance Learning.

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Contact Details

Postgraduate Coordinator
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel: 04 385 5995

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Programme Requirements

OptionPapers Required
  • PRHC 701  New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points) is compulsory.

  • Remaining paper(s) totalling 30 points, selected from elective papers listed in the Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care and/or from other papers approved by the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care.

Endorsed in Long-Term Condition Management
  • GENA 709  Long-term Condition Management (30 points) and

  • GENA 711  Long-term Condition Management (Advanced) (30 points).

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC)

  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 admitted to a degree or diploma of a university, or
      2. hold an appropriate qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, or
      3. have been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the certificate.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall comprise papers to the value of 60 points as prescribed for the option concerned in the Schedule.
    2. With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a candidate may substitute for up to 15 points an appropriate paper offered by another university or examining body.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall be six months of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. The programme must be completed within three years of admission.

  4. 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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