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Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGDipRPHP)

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This is an advanced nationally recognised qualification for medical practitioners who staff rural and provincial hospitals. These doctors require broad based specific skills, which may extend beyond that of rural general practice.

Papers in the diploma contribute towards the RNZCGP Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme.

The Diploma is not only aimed at registrars in this programme but is open to all generalist doctors working in rural and provincial hospitals, whether or not they are vocationally registered in rural hospital medicine.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGDipRPHP) is also available through Distance Learning.

Core Papers

Schedule of Papers (not exclusive)

  • GENA 723 Trauma and Emergencies in Rural Settings (30 points)
  • GENA 724 The Context of Rural Healthcare (15 points)
  • GENA 725 Reflections in Rural Clinical Practice (15 points)
  • GENA 726 Obstetrics and Paediatrics in Rural Settings (15 points)
  • GENA 727 Surgical Specialities in Rural Settings (15 points)
  • GENA 728 Cardiorespiratory Medicine in Rural Settings (30 points)
  • GENA 729 Medical Specialties in Rural Settings (15 points)

Elective Papers

  • GENA 702 Sexual and Reproductive Health (30 points)
  • GENA 704 Te Tūhauora: Māori Health (30 points)
  • GENA 708 Supervised Research Project (30 points)
  • GENA 713 Travel Medicine 1: Introductory Concepts (30 points)
  • GENA 717 Generalist Medical Echocardiography (30 points)
  • GENA 718 Generalist Medical Ultrasound (30 points)
  • GENA 719 Tropical Infectious Disease (30 points)
  • GENA 720 Refugee and Migrant Health (30 points)
  • GENA 820 Nature of Medical Practice (30 points)
  • GENA 821 Research Methods (30 points)
  • GENA 822 Advanced Nature of General Practice (15 points)
  • GENA 823 Teaching and Learning in Medical Practice (30 points)
  • GENA 824 Ethics in General Practice (15 points)
  • GENA 826 Special Topic (15 points)
  • PRHC 701 New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points)
  • PRHC 702 Wilderness and Expedition Medicine (30 points)
  • PRHC 703 Strategy and Leadership in Primary Health Care (30 points)
  • Papers available for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care, and other Public Health papers.


Leigh-Ann Moir
Rural Postgraduate Programme Administrator
The Dean's Department
Tel +64 3 440 4345
Mob +64 21 279 0038

Mailing address: c/- Dunstan Hospital
PO Box 30
Clyde 9341
New Zealand

Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGDipRPHP)

  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
      1. have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences), and
      2. have commenced vocational training for rural hospital medicine or general practice or have had at least two years of approved experience in rural hospital medicine or general practice.
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught or have an exemption from this requirement from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall comprise papers to the value of at least 120 points; GENA 724 (15 points) and papers worth at least 60 points from the Core Papers in the Schedule, and further approved papers (up to 45 points) normally selected from the Elective Papers in the Schedule.
    2. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice shall be credited with those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The programme may be completed in two years of part-time study and 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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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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