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The Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed) builds on the PGCertTravMed. It adds to the foundations of travel medicine by exploring tropical infectious diseases in greater depth. Elective papers cover wilderness and expedition medicine and migrant and refugee health. As such, the diploma is an advanced nationally-recognised qualification for health professionals who practise in the field of travel medicine.
Graduates of the programme will have in-depth knowledge of the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of tropical infectious diseases. Depending on elective paper choice they will have skills in advising travellers planning extreme travel to resource poor and/or wilderness environments. The health needs of refugees and migrants and their management within the New Zealand context is covered in another elective paper.
Students come from differing professional backgrounds (including medical, nursing and pharmacy), as a consequence of this interprofessional nature of the course, the graduate will learn skills with respect to their individual disciplines
The Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed) is available through Distance Learning.
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington
Schedule of papers (not exclusive)
- GENA 713 Travel Medicine 1: Introductory Concepts (30 points)
- GENA 714 Travel Medicine 2: Applied Concepts (30 points)
- GENA 719 Tropical Infectious Disease (30 points)
- GENA 720 Refugee and Migrant Health (30 points)
- HASC 417 Health Sciences Research Methods (30 points)
- PRHC 702 Wilderness and Expedition Medicine (30 points)
- Appropriate Primary Health Care, Aviation Medicine and Public Health papers (subject to individual application to the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care).
Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
- Every candidate shall be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years’ full-time tertiary study.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme of study shall comprise papers to the value of 120 points; three core papers, GENA713, GENA 714 and GENA 719 are compulsory. The remaining paper shall be selected from GENA 720, HASC 417, PRHC 702.
- A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine shall be credited with those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.
Note: Students should normally enrol initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.
Duration of the Programme
The duration of the programme shall be one year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. The programme must be completed within five years of admission.
Level of Award of the Diploma
The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.