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Postgraduate Diploma in Community and General Paediatrics

This is a two year postgraduate programme designed to equip child health clinicians (doctors and allied healthcare therapists) to function more effectively at the intersection between child health and clinical care. It is particularly relevant to doctors working with children in districts, especially members of District Clinical Specialist Teams (DCSTs), general paediatricians and career medical officers in regional hospitals, and paediatricians contemplating the new sub-specialty in Community Paediatrics and Child Health. 

Students enrolled in the programme engage critically and reflectively with concepts and principles pertinent to children’s rights, basic epidemiology & research appraisal, health management and leadership, child health policies and programmes, health information systems and the management of long-term health conditions. The programme aims to enhance students’ skills in verbal and written communication and in adult education. Through the experiential learning component, students gain an opportunity to ground their learning in a contextually relevant manner as they constantly integrate learning into their practice which in turn informs learning.

To be considered for admission to this programme, candidates shall have 

  • An undergraduate medical degree in medicine or a degree in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology or Dietetics;
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Plans to pursue a career in community and general paediatrics; and 
  • Computer access and internet connectivity.

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements above, preference will be given to

  • Registered paediatric specialists who work at a secondary healthcare level;
  • Registered medical officers who have at least two years’ experience in the field of paediatrics and child health at a regional level;
  • Doctors and allied healthcare therapists who work at secondary or a regional level of care; and 
  • Doctors who are members of health district clinical specialist teams.

Below are a few quotes from past students who have taken the programme:

"Every module of the course has equipped me in my work and has changed the way I do things especially pertaining to service delivery." District Paediatrician

“It gave me a child public health mind set; it was practical and I could implement what I learnt. It is a very valuable course and I have more insight into what District Clinical Specialist Teams (DCSTs) should do.” District Paediatrician

For more information on the courses offered and the admission requirements, please click here to access the programme brochure and here for Handbook of the Faculty of Health Sciences (Pages 40-41).

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2019

If you have further queries, please contact
Professor Michael Hendricks: Michael.Hendricks@uct.ac.za or 
Professor Anthony Westwood: Anthony.Westwood@uct.ac.za

You can also contact: 
Ms. Debbie Moodie 
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Institute of Child Health, UCT
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
Rondebosch 7700
Tel +27 21 6585316
Email: Debbie.Moodie@uct.ac.za