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Postgraduate Programmes in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice

Tohu Paerua

Study with us

Are you a health or social care professional interested in further study in Primary Health Care and General Practice? At the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) we have a range of distance taught inter-professional postgraduate papers and qualifications in Primary Health Care, Travel Medicine and General Practice.

Here is an opportunity to be taught evidence based and translational primary health care practice by active practitioners and research academics in an interprofessional Primary Health Care and General Practice Department. Our distance-taught interprofessional postgraduate qualifications 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. Study about important principles of primary health care, models of primary health care delivery and the essentials of leadership, collaborative teamwork and change management.*

“…I can see where PG study (on) generalist PHC suits - to strengthen the workplace with clinician/leaders with critical thinking skills”. (employer)

“ …we need the new generation coming through to really value (critical thinking) and not only clinical skills.” (current student)

“Study does increase my value with employers.” (current student)

*We are currently making changes to the papers and qualifications in response to changes in the sector.

Who are our papers and qualifications for?

Our papers and qualifications are designed for working health and social care professionals in primary health care settings. Typically classes include a range of the following: dietitians, doctors (GPs or other specialties), health promoters, managers, mental health workers, nurses (primary health care or working in integrated care roles), paramedics, pharmacists, physiotherapists and social workers. We adopt an interprofessional approach to teaching and learning to encourage enrolment from a variety of health and social care practitioners interested in learning with, from and about each other.*

*The definition of interprofessional education: CAIPE

Further Information on our Postgraduate Programmes

Papers and Qualifications 

Postgraduate Papers

We run a range of distance taught interprofessional and patient-focused postgraduate papers, supported by blended learning. 

Postgraduate Qualifications

You can study towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master's in Primary Health Care, Travel Medicine or General Practice. 

Information for Current Students 

Student Checklist

Step by step guide for getting started. 

Residential Information

Information on dates, location, accommodation, parking etc 

Contacts and Teaching Team

Contacts in the Department

Postgraduate Teaching Team

Our convenors and teachers come from a range of backgrounds, providing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our Postgraduate Programmes. 

For further information on Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas please contact:

For further information on Masters/ PhD study please contact: