As part of a new eLearning initiative, the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and the University of Cape Town (UCT) are offering their first online postgraduate qualification from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Postgraduate Diploma in TB-HIV Management is a two year, fully accredited course designed to provide healthcare practitioners at primary healthcare facilities with a comprehensive knowledge of TB and HIV to effectively manage the large case-burden attributed to these diseases. The qualification is in line with the latest South African national guidelines and best practices.

By being available online, the healthcare practitioners can work around their busy schedule and access the course material via their internet-connected laptop or mobile phone at a time and place of their convenience. Students will also have access to on-going support from coaches and lecturers, as well as online forums and chat groups where they can communicate with other students.

The programme, which was developed by a team of global infectious disease experts, consists of interactive audio-visual content with built-in activities, such as peer- and self-assessments, which allow students to constantly apply and self-evaluate their knowledge and skills.

The five CPD-accredited courses that make up the qualification are: Clinical Management of HIV in a Primary Care Setting; Clinical Management of TB in a Primary Care Setting; Biostatistics; Clinical Management of TB-HIV Co-infection, and Infection Prevention and Control; and Operational Research.

Each of the above courses can be taken individually as stand-alone courses if students don’t wish to receive the full diploma.

After successful completion of the course, students are eligible to receive a maximum of 30 CPD points and will also receive an academic certificate of completion.

More information about the programme, including fees and the online application form, can be found here.

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