Postgraduate Diploma in Community and General Paediatrics

The PG Diploma is designed to equip child health clinicians (doctors, health and rehabilitation professionals, registered nurses and medical social workers) to function more effectively at the intersection between child health and clinical care. Read more here.....

The learning outcomes of the programme are designed to:

  • provide knowledge, approaches and tools in child health to medical officers, family physicians and paediatricians in public health services, especially at district and regional levels.
  • provide knowledge, approaches and tools in child health to health and rehabilitation professionals, registered nurses and medical social workers, especially those working at primary and secondary levels of care.
  • align with the requirements of the District  Clinical  Specialist  Team  (DCST)  posts that  are part of the National Health Insurance-associated Re-engineering of Primary Health Care.
  • align with, provide, the necessary training towards a proposed sub-specialty in community paediatrics and child health. 


The courses include advocacy and children’s rights; basic epidemiology and research appraisal; health management and leadership; child health policies and programmes; optimising care for children with long-term and enabling conditions; health information systems; communication, education and training; and experiential learning.  For 2024 students will have a choice between two elective courses; Mental Health in Children and Adolescents; or Adolescent Health Care.


First year
Course Code Course Description Credits
PED4008F Advocacy and Children's Rights 10
PED4049F Basic Epidemiology and Research Appraisal 15
PED4051T Experiential Learning - Part I 10
PED4005S Child Health Policies and Programmes 15
PED4009S Health Information Systems 10
Second Year
PED4006F Optimising Care for Long-term and Disabling Conditions 10
PED4010F Communication, Education and Training 10
PED4003S Leadership and Management 15
PED4052T Experiential Learning - Part 2 15
Choice between two elective courses for the second year first semester
PED4063F Mental Health in Children and Adolescents 10
PED4062F Adolescent Health Care 10
Total Credit 120


The PG Diploma in Community and General Paediatrics is a two-year part time course. It is a blended programme which will be delivered as synchronous and asynchronous online teaching and learning sessions. The emphasis is on learner centred, context-based and experiential learning. Assessments are assignment-based.


Fee payment structure 2024
Applications for 2024 are due before 29 September 2023

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