Postgraduate Diploma in Management specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health for 2015

Why study Postgraduate Diploma in Management specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health is a Monash South Africa multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma that provides students with the opportunity to acquire managerial skills and advanced knowledge to meet the challenges of managing HIV/AIDS and health organisations. Despite the achievements of the last decade, HIV/AIDS has remained one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. HIV not only affects the health of individuals, but also impacts households, communities as well as the development and economic growth of nations.

With a global estimate of 34 million people infected, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains the epicentre of the epidemic, hosting about 67% of the world’s cases yet only representing 12% of the population. This has further complicated healthcare management in a region that has been faced with the challenges of other infectious diseases, lack of skilled human resources, food insecurity and other developmental problems. There is an urgent need for health professionals trained in the management of HIV/AIDS and other health issues.

Course Outline

The course comprises eight coursework units.

  1. Managing the spread of HIV/AIDS and health problems
    This unit will focus on the burden of major health problems (HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and chronic diseases), the impact of HIV/AIDS, TB and chronic diseases, management of the spread of HIV/AIDS and common health problems as well as the management of HIV/AIDS and other health programmes at various levels.
  2. Policy and legal issues in HIV/AIDS and health
    The focus of this unit is on the laws protecting human health in general and those suffering from HIV/AIDS, a labour relations perspective on HIV/AIDS and health, principles of policy development in the health sector and the process and content of an HIV/AIDS and health policy.
  3. Management strategies for health problems
    The focus of this unit will be on the strategies for prevention and care, therapeutic management of HIV/AIDS and care of people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases.
  4. Managing the psychosocial factors in HIV/AIDS and health
    This unit will focus on social and cultural factors affecting health and HIV/AIDS, migration and its effect on health and HIV/AIDS as well as poverty and its impact on health and HIV/AIDS.
  5. Managing human and financial resources for health
    This unit will focus on the challenges of managing human resources in the health sector and of managing financial resources in an HIV/AIDS or health-related organization.
  6. Managing health and HIV/AIDS research
    This unit will focus on the current research on health and HIV/AIDS issues, translating research evidence into policies and practice and will comprise of a community-based project aimed at translating research evidence into practice.
  7. Corporate Governance
    This unit will focus on corporate and business performance, the business environment, corporate control, business survival and success, sustainability, growing concern, business opportunities as well as entrepreneurship and corporate citizenship. A corporate governance framework will be established incorporating salient principles. Shareholder engagement and activism will be investigated and case studies explored.
  8. Leadership, directors and officers
    This unit will focus on corporate citizenship and leadership, board performance, director’s performance and remuneration, the board chairman, the CEO and the company secretary. Practical examples and case studies will be explored.

Course structure and Unit schedule

Unit Code

Name of Unit

Credits

Semester

 

Managing the spread of HIV/AIDS and health problems

15

1

 

Policy and legal issues in HIV/AIDS and health

15

1

 

Management strategies for health problems

15

1

 

Corporate Governance

15

1

 

Managing the psychosocial factors in HIV/AIDS and health

15

2

 

Managing human and financial resources for health

15

2

 

Managing health and HIV/AIDS research

15

2

 

Leadership, directors & officers

15

2

 

 

120

 

Outcomes

The postgraduate diploma strives to equip students with the skills that will enable them to

  • Understand the risk drivers of HIV/AIDS, TB and other chronic diseases.
  • Understand the legal and policy issues in health care management in SSA
  • Manage HIV/AIDS and other health programmes
  • Integrate psychosocial and sociocultural factors in health care management
  • Manage human and financial resources for health institutions

Credit for prior studies

Credit may be granted for formal learning, such as courses offered by a professional body, enterprise or by any other accredited provider recognised by Monash South Africa.

Recognition of prior learning

Students may be granted credit for a unit/s on the basis of formal work experience of approximately three to five years in a relevant industry. Students should be prepared to successfully complete an assessment task demonstrating their skills levels and capability.

Mode of delivery of the course

The PDM specialising in HIV/AIDS & Health will use teaching methods convenient to students, such as:

  • Compulsory one week face-to-face teaching per semester (Summer and Winter Schools); supplemented by:
  • Online lectures using the Moodle 2 learning system;
  • Case studies and projects; and
  • Interaction with health care experts in various fields during winter and summer classes

Assessments and evaluation

There are no examinations in the course. Assessments will be structured in the form of continuous evaluation through individual assignments and projects in each unit.

Site for course provision

The main site for the course will be the Monash South Africa campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.

Professional accreditation

The PDM specialising in HIV/AIDS & Health has been accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).There is no professional accreditation for this course. However, graduates of the PDM specialising in HIV/AIDS & Health may apply to join a relevant body such as the South African Institute of Management.

Pre-requisites for entry

Learners must have successfully completed a relevant undergraduate degree in health sciences or an equivalent qualification from an accredited university or other tertiary institution. The entry requirements for the postgraduate diploma are:

  • A bachelor’s degree or national higher diploma or equivalent
  • work experience in a health field
  • computer, internet and e-mail skills

International students

Qualifications of international students will be assessed on an individual basis. When applying, students should submit certified copies of one of the above qualifications as well as final grades in the subjects undertaken.

Award

Monash South Africa Postgraduate Diplomas are awarded by Monash South Africa as a registered private higher education institution in South Africa.

How to Apply

Applying couldn’t be easier. You can download and complete the application form. Closing Date is 31 December 2014 for Summer School 2015 and 31 May 2015 for Winter School 2015.

PDM specialising in HIV/AIDS

 

Career Opportunities

Job market growth in the health, local government, and education sectors continues unabated. There is a strong demand for multi-skilled programme managers and for health promotion workers, in particular, to work with vulnerable groups. Governments are looking for skilled personnel with managerial expertise to manage various health institutions. Government and non-governmental organisations are constantly in need of well-trained health managers and HIV/ AIDS specialists.

Duration

1 year

Intakes

First semester February and Second semester intake July of every year.

Contact Sessions

Summer School 2015

Date: 9 - 13 February 2015
Venue: Monash South Africa campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg

Winter School 2015

Date: 6 - 10 July 2015
Venue: Monash South Africa campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg

Fees

Before the commencement of the course South African students are required to pay 25% of the semester’s fees and International students are required to pay minimum 80% of the semester’s fees.

2014 Annual Course Fee: R30,600 2014 Semester Course Fee: R15,300

Students are responsible for the payment of their own transport and accommodation during the summer and winter schools, as well as for textbooks, computers or other devices to use the Internet during the non- contact periods.

Banking Details

Beneficiary:Monash South Africa Limited
Bank:First National Bank (FNB)
Branch:Cresta (254905)
Account number:62062732485
Reference:Student number_ Surname

Payment Methods

The tuition and accommodation fees are payable upfront, per semester via the following payment methods:

  • Direct deposit / Telegraphic transfer
  • Credit / Debit card facilities are available at Monash South Africa, Student services Centre / Bank Draft made out to Monash South Africa (Please write the student number at the back)
  • NO CASH is accepted at Monash South Africa

Please forward all Direct Deposit / Telegraphic transfer (swift message) proof of payment to Student Fees at:
musa-fees@monash.edu or Fax: 086 629 6544

Find out more

Telephone:
+27 11 950 4009
Email:
inquiries@monash.ac.za

Course Coordinator

Professor Peter Nyasulu, Course Director, Public Health programmes.
Acting Head: School of Health Sciences, Monash South Africa
Telephone: +27 11 950 4287 / +27 11 950 4247
Email:
peter.nyasulu@monash.edu

Ms Nancy Yang, PDM Course Coordinator, School of Health Sciences, Monash South Africa
Email:
nancy.ngum@monash.edu