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PostGraduate Diploma

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town offers an accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professional Education. The courses cover current thinking, practice and research in the field of health professional education. Students critically engage with relevant theories related to teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum development and course design in relation to their practice. A strategic goal of the programme is to contextualise health professional education within escalating health disparities and declining resources. We use the Primary Health Care Approach as the policy framework to assist health professionals to participate in the transformation of the health system.

Purpose: This programme will enable you to reflect critically on the theory and practice of teaching, learning, assessment, course design, e-learning, academic literacy and curriculum development in Primary Health Care-led health systems and curricula.

The programme consists of 4 compulsory courses of 30 credits each:

  • Course 1: Teaching and Learning Theories in Health Professional Education
    • To access the content of an older version of Course 1 for free, please access it from the OpenUCT site, click here.
  • Course 2: Learning and Teaching Practice
  • Course 3: Assessment in Health Professional Education
  • Course 4: Curriculum Development and Course Design OR Academic literacy for Heath Professional OR Technology assisted learning & teaching

Duration of the course is one year full time or two years part time.

Delivery mode is blended learning with three, one-week long contact blocks with ongoing technology assisted learning between contact periods.

Admission requirements: • undergraduate health professional degree or similar • registration with a relevant professional body • six months’ teaching experience in a healthcare context • applicants may be considered on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) • fluency in written and spoken English • basic computer literacy • reliable and continuous computer access and internet connectivity.

Purpose of the Qualification: the programme is based on adult learning principles. The educational methodology encourages critical engagement with relevant theories related to teaching, learning and assessment. The courses cover current thinking, practice and research in the field of health professional education. A strategic goal of the programme is to contextualise health professional education within the Primary Health Care Approach to inspire health professionals to participate in the transformation of the health system.

On completion of the programme students will be equipped to:

  • Advocate for service delivery and education that is supported by a Primary Health Care Approach
  • Critique teaching, learning and assessment processes and motivate for research-led or evidence-based change.
  • Exercise leadership through innovation in health professions education, theory and research.
  • Facilitate student learning within all learning contexts, including contexts that are challenging, complex and resource constrained. 
  • Critically reflect on the role and practice of clinical educators in evaluating their own teaching and student learning.
  • Critically appraise theoretical and research literature related to health professions education and make sound judgements based on best practice in selecting teaching and assessment methods.

To apply: E-mail HPedu-pgdip@uct.ac.za or phone (+27) 021 021406 6827

Closing date extended: 31 October 2016

PG Dip on OER

Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education to enable working health professionals to reflect critically on the theory and practice of teaching in the classroom and clinical context and to assist in ensuring that health professionals are competently prepared to meet the health needs of the country.

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