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    The foundations of the multidisciplinary study of sports medicine to include core anatomy, physiology, nutrition and human movement.

    This is the compulsory introductory paper for the PGDipSEM. This paper provides an overview of sport and exercise medicine to highlight its multidisciplinary nature. It focuses on some of the major contemporary issues and deals with each in a practical manner highlighted by recent publications.

    The Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine is 100% completely online via the distance learning network. For 2023 there will be a compulsory Zoom weekend late February to early March, date to be advised. The Saturday will be an all day workshop and there will also be a few hours on the Sunday morning. The weekend is essentially a workshop covering key learning material - introductory learning skills and educational content best delivered via this mode. Workshops on motivational interviewing and bioethics lay a key foundation for students from all disciplines to further build fundamentally sound practice in the workplace. Students get to meet other health professionals from diverse backgrounds and start to build the team approach that is so important in sport and exercise medicine.

    About this paper

    Paper title Issues in Sports Medicine
    Subject Sports Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SPMX 701
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty

    Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma is by application (i.e. not open), and you must apply online with supporting documentation through eVision.

    Criteria are:

    • Applicant has a bachelor's degree - preferably in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy or Sciences
    • Applicant is, or has been, working in a related field
    • Applicant has the ability to study at postgraduate level

    International students must meet the University of Otago's admissions criteria.


    Academic Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne

    Postgraduate Administrator:

    Teaching staff

    The Academic Co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM) and Paper Co-ordinator for SPME701 is Dr Hamish Osborne.

    Additional academics from outside the Department of Medicine - including the School of Physiotherapy, School of Physical Education and the Department of Human Nutrition - have been chosen for their specialist expertise to support the delivery of this multidisciplinary paper. They have contributed to the written material and will provide input to the webinars.

    Specifically, the paper is supported by assistant and clinical lecturers Dr Peter Burt, Dr Katherine Black (Department of Human Nutrition), and Dr Gisela Sole (School of Physiotherapy).

    Paper Structure

    The programme of study consists of Sport and Exercise Medicine papers to the value of 120 points. SPME 701 is compulsory and normally completed first. It starts with an online weekend webinar series at the start of Semester one which you must attend.

    SPME 711 also has a one-day webinar component online at the start of Semester 2.

    PHTY 542 has a residential component in Dunedin. Only physiotherapists can study this paper.

    These are the only residential components. Most students complete the Diploma part-time within two to three years, although it is possible to complete it sooner.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    This distance learning programme is delivered by web conference in the evenings so that students can work and still study.

    Learning materials will be shared on Moodle.

    Readings will be indicated on Moodle.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    The aim of this paper is to address current issues in sport and exercise medicine for graduate students from a range of health science disciplines.Specifically, this paper has the following objectives:

    • To provide students with a basic understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of sport and exercise medicine.
    • To promote the collaborative link between clinicians and sport scientists.
    • To expose students to sources of contemporary opinion in aspects of sports medicine practice.
    • To encourage lifelong learning in sports medicine topics.
    • To foster meaningful research and inquiry.
    • To develop the skills of academic review, and the ability to critique scientific literature.
    • To improve the clinical skills and scientific expertise of students, thereby enhancing the provision of services to patients and clients.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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