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AFRO-NETS> Postgraduate Diploma in Health Technology Management
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Postgraduate Diploma in Health Technology Management
- From: Mladen Poluta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 12:05:24 -0500 (EST)
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Technology Management
University of Cape Town
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Participating Centre in MRC/WHO Collaborating Centre for Essential
Technologies in Health
The Diploma forms part of a new programme in Health Technology Man-
agement for Developing Countries. This programme has been designed to
promote and support appropriate, affordable and sustainable health
technology management interventions which address the needs of devel-
oping countries, and the Sub-Saharan region in particular.
The programme is being offered in partnership with international mul-
tilateral and bilateral organisations and other regional stake-
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN HEALTH TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
The Diploma is targeted at health technology planners and policy-
makers, healthcare technical service managers and practitioners (both
public and private sector) and health service organisation managers.
The Diploma contains a mix of on-site and distance learning (a full
distance-learning option may also be offered). The Diploma is largely
modular in order to cater for needs of individual students. This is
in line with the trend towards open learning and continuing education
centred on the needs of the individual.
Students may register for individual courses, and may thereby accumu-
late credits towards the full Diploma, i.e. there are multiple entry
and exit points to and from the Diploma. Diploma requirements include
a project which would be completed within a "real-world" environment.
Students who successfully complete the Diploma may wish to continue
in the research area towards the MPhil or PhD qualifications (both by
Courses will be run by international and regional experts with exten-
sive experience in the area of health technology management for de-
The Diploma will be launched in 1998. The medium of instruction is
The Curriculum consists of a mix of core and optional courses. The
optional courses taken will be determined in consultation with the
- Health Technology Assessment
- Health Technology Selection and Procurement
- Health Technology Management and Maintenance
- Project Management
- Overview Course (including topics such as health systems research;
health economics; medical terminology; technology innovation; qual-
ity assurance/accreditation; health information systems; health es-
tate management; regulation and safety of medical devices; human
- Clinical Engineering Practice (including internship)
- Health Facilities & Services Management
- Human Resource Management and Development
- Health Informatics & Health Information Systems
- Medical Instrumentation
- Introduction to Healthcare (including human physiology & pathology
and clinical practice)
- Introduction to Computing Hardware and Software.
The Diploma is complemented by research activities which will focus
on health technology management in developing countries, and particu-
larly the Sub-Saharan Region. Current research activities include:
- Development of Essential Equipment Lists
- Capacity development strategies for health technology management in
- Quality assurance in health technology management and maintenance
at different levels of the health system.
Collaborative research in these and other areas will also be promoted
actively, both within the region and in other developing regions.
For more information please contact:
Mladen Poluta (Programme Co-ordinator)
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
UCT Medical School
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