The Department of General Practice and Rural Health offers postgraduate teaching and study in national and international practice-based research.
Our staff run postgraduate courses in general practice, and work with other departments and the Dunedin School of Medicine in their teaching programmes. Our staff help to stimulate and supervise research in the department.
We offer the following postgraduate programmes:
- Master of General Practice (MGP)
- Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice (PGDipGP)
- Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP)
- Postgraduate distance learning
We have PhD, Master's, and Honours postgraduate research opportunities in:
and other areas.
- enrolment in any postgraduate programme
- Master's or PhD study in the department
should be directed to the Convenor of Postgraduate Programmes, Dr Katherine Hall.
If you are an international student who has not previously been enrolled at Otago University, please contact the International Office.
Read about our current and past postgraduate students' research:
Postgraduate papers in General Practice in 2017
Not all papers are offered every year, and papers are usually rotated every two or three years.
GENA 821 Research Methods (Full year)
The principles of critical appraisal of health literature and an introduction to research methodology, research design methods, data collection, research reporting, and research ethics.
This paper introduces the basic principles and methods of critical appraisal and research design. It provides the participant with the skills to undertake and contribute to medical research through detailed coverage of research methods and design, data collection and analysis, and research reporting, and research ethics.
This paper is a prerequisite for proceeding to a Master of General Practice degree.
GENA 823 Teaching and Learning in Medical Practice (Full year)
Examines learning theory, provides opportunities for experiential and group learning, and explores the nature of reflective teaching practice. Areas considered include the process of change, course design and evaluation, teaching methods, and the assessment of learning. Learning contexts include medical education, medical practice, and continuing professional development. A balance is provided between core material and the opportunity to develop individual areas of interest and application.
This paper is based on key aspects of educational theory and provides practical outcomes for doctors wishing for better educational relationships with undergraduate students, registrars, other doctors, and patients.
GENA 825 Culture, Health and Society
The cultural context of medicine and other healing modalities and the meanings that illness experiences have for people in those contexts.
This paper develops an understanding of the cultural and societal contexts within which medicine is practised. It is specifically designed to be useful for health professionals working in clinical settings. Medicine and other healing modalities are explored, with attention to their cultural contexts and the meanings that illness experiences have for those within these cultural contexts.
- Dr Warren Nicholl