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Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed)

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This is an advanced, formal nationally-recognised qualification for health professionals who practise in the field of travel and migrant medicine. Because of the increasing complexity of international travel there is a requirement for a group of health practitioners to obtain special skills in this area.

Graduates of the programme will have specific skills to enable them to advise on, and if appropriate, practise safe, effective, and culturally sensitive travel and migrant medicine. The students may come from differing backgrounds (e.g. medical, nursing, pharmacy).

As a consequence of this multidisciplinary nature of the programme, the graduate will gain an appreciation of the different facets of travel medicine and will learn specific and individual skills with respect to their individual disciplines.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed) is available through Distance Learning.

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Contact Details

Postgraduate Coordinator
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel: 04 918 5626

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Subject Area

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Schedule of Papers (not exclusive)

Core Papers

  • 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)

Elective Papers

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed)

  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 candidate 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 diploma.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall comprise papers to the value of 120 points; three core papers, GENA713, GENA 714 and GENA 719 shall be compulsory. The remaining paper shall be selected from GENA 720, HASC 417, PRHC 702.
    2. With the approval of the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care, a candidate may substitute for up to 30 points an appropriate paper offered by another university or examining body.
    3. With the approval of the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care, a candidate may be exempt from up to 15 points for work previously satisfactorily completed for a relevant course of study.
    4. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine shall be exempted from 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. 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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