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Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (PGCertTravMed)

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (PGCertTravMed) is a basic nationally recognised multidisciplinary qualification for health professionals who practise in the field of travel medicine. Because of the increasing complexity of international travel there is a requirement for a group of health practitioners to obtain special skills in this area.

Graduates of the programme will have specific skills to enable them to advise on, and if appropriate, practise safe, effective, and culturally sensitive travel and migrant medicine. The students may come from differing backgrounds (e.g. medical, nursing, pharmacy).

As a consequence of this multidisciplinary nature of the course, the graduate will gain an appreciation of the different facets of travel medicine and will learn specific and individual skills with respect to their individual disciplines.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (PGCertTravMed) 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 04 918 5626

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (PGCertTravMed)


The programme of study shall consist of two compulsory papers:

  • GENA 713  Travel Medicine 1: Introductory Concepts
  • GENA 714  Travel Medicine 2: Applied Concepts

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine (PGCertTravMed)

  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 Otago Medical School, 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 Otago Medical School, or
      3. have been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the certificate.
  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme of study shall comprise two compulsory papers:
       GENA 713 Travel Medicine 1: Introductory Concepts (30 points), and
       GENA 714 Travel Medicine 2: Applied Concepts (30 points).

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall be one semester 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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