The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership

The rationale of the SAFRI Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership is to develop suitably qualified leaders in Health Professions Education (HPE) to meet the increasing complexity of HPE in a fast and continuously changing educational landscape. This qualification responds to the increasing demand for individuals with specialized knowledge and leadership skills to best educate the 21st century health professionals and to ensure the delivery of quality of health care in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Who should do this diploma?

This qualification is aimed at health professions educators and practitioners who wish to further develop their leadership, management and pedagogical knowledge and skills in a global and inter-professional context. The programme is intended to catalyse the emergence of HPE leaders; introduce the graduates to a community of practice and build their capacity in educational research.

Who can enroll?

SAFRI is planning this online qualification as both an extension of the SAFRI fellowship (for those interested) and for open enrollment. SAFRI fellows will be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and be accredited for up to 50% of the programme’s credits.

What is this diploma?

SAFRI’s Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership is a 120 credits modular online programme registered at the South African NQF level 8. There are four compulsory modules and one elective module. Each module has a number of units.

Module 1: Leadership and Mentoring in HPE

Unit 1: Understanding, developing and managing self and others

Unit 2: Mentorship

Unit 3: Leadership approaches and strategies

Unit 4: Managing and leading change

Unit 5: Resilience and self-care

Module 2: Instructional Design in HPE

Unit 1: Teaching & Learning

Unit 2: Assessment

Unit 3: Curriculum Development

Module 3: Project management and evaluation

Unit 1: Theories and models of project management and evaluation

Unit 2: Process of project planning and evaluation

Unit 3: Tools and resources for managing and evaluating projects

Module 4: Innovation Research Project

Electives (students must pick one of the two):

Option 1: Scientific Peer Review

Unit 1: Critically read with understanding

Unit 2: Provide the author with guidance

Unit 3: Advise the editors

Option 2: Faculty Development for Health Professionals

Unit 1: Core Concepts of Faculty Development (FD), principles, theories models and current best practice

Unit 2: Integrating leadership, teaching and research as FD initiatives

Unit 3: Conceptualize, design and implement an online FD Activity

When will this diploma start?

This diploma is open for registrations and SAFRI Fellows who completed the Fellowship may apply for credit accumulation and transfer for:

  • Innovative Research Project (50 credits) and
  • The elective Faculty Development for Health Professionals (10 credits).

These Fellows will also receive a 50% reduction on the course fees.

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