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Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC)

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC) is an interprofessional distance-taught programme available for health, social care and management professionals  engaged in the delivery of primary health care (e.g. medicine, nursing, paramedicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, primary health care management). It provides a formal nationally recognised primary health care qualification.

The programme is designed to provide a deeper understanding of evidence based and translational primary health care practice taught by active practitioners and research academics in an interprofessional Primary Health Care and General Practice Department. Interprofessional teaching and learning will equip you to understand the key principles and major primary care issues facing you and your workplace or community today: you will cover the policy context of primary care today within the Health and Disability sector, population health, equity and ethics, collaborative care and leadership, quality and safety. You will take way with you the following skills: oral and written presentation, critical thinking, communication, applying evidence, information and research literacy and principles for team working.

Students are encouraged to seek course programme advice from the postgraduate coordinator or director at an early stage. The PGCertPHC is constantly updated to keep pace with an ever-changing health care landscape to be sure to meet the needs of the current and future workforce: busy professionals who combine work with personal life. The qualification is set to be refreshed in 2020 and translational changes are underway.

At the completion of this qualification, graduates are able to continue to the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC), and then become eligible to apply to continue to the Master of Primary Health Care (MPHC).


Postgraduate Co-ordinator
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington


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).
    2. Every applicant shall be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme of study shall comprise PRHC 701 (30 points) and PRHC 703 (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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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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