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Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC)

Wellington campus


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

Students will gain an appreciation of team dynamics, interdisciplinary collaboration and cultural and ethical issues, oriented towards clinical practice, health delivery management, basic primary health care research or a combination of these.

The programme comprises a core paper (PRHC 701) plus further approved paper(s) to the value of 30 points which can be selected from a wide range of topics relevant to primary health care. At the completion of this qualification, graduates are able to continue to the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDipPHC), and then become eligible to apply to continue to the Master of Primary Health Care (MPHC).

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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

Papers 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.

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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 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

    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 Board of Studies in Primary Health Care, 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 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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