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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership

30 Ethical Points Only R 19 230.00 (incl VAT)

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership aims 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 is in response to the increasing demand for individuals with specialised knowledge and leadership skills in order to best educate 21st century health professionals and ensure the quality of health care in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Partner Organisation

This qualification has been developed in partnership with Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI).

Who Should Enrol

This qualification is aimed at health professions educators and practitioners who wish to further develop their leadership, management and education knowledge and skills in a global and inter-professional context.

Admission Requirements

To enrol for this qualification, potential students must possess:

  • An approved undergraduate degree in health sciences
  • An equivalent qualification, or
  • Be deemed suitably qualified through recognition of prior learning

Course Design

The PG Dip HPEL is a part-time distance (e-learning) qualification consisting of written reflections, written work-based assignments, video material of practice & reports as well as an innovative research project.

Learning Outcomes

On achieving this qualification, a learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in leadership, self-reflection and mentoring
  • Apply leadership, management, pedagogical, project management and evaluation principles in the context of Health Professions Education
  • Create, adapt, implement and evaluate learning activities and materials
  • Understand and apply the principles of instructional design within a Health Professions Education context
  • Conduct, implement and evaluate an education innovation research project

Course Content

Students need to complete 3 compulsory modules, an innovative research project and 1 elective module.

Compulsory Modules:

  • Leadership and Mentoring in Health Professions Education
  • Project Management
  • Instructional Design in Health Professions Education
  • Innovative Research Project

Elective Modules:

(Select one of the following)

  • Scientific Peer Review
  • Faculty Development for Health Professionals


Participants are required to submit all summative and formative assessments and a pass rate of 50% is required.


The minimum period for completion is 12 months and the maximum period is 24 months.


FPD will award successful participants with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership on completion of this formal registered qualification should they successfully complete the assessment process.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Education and Leadership is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

SAQA number 102056, NQF Level 8, 120 Credits

Council on Higher Education accredited

Accredited for 30 Ethical CEU’s on level 2

Course Fee

R 19 230-00 (Inclusive of all VAT and taxes where applicable).

Deposit: R 9 614.00 (Payable upon registration)

Quarter 1: R 2 404.00
Quarter 2: R 2 404.00
Quarter 3: R 2 404.00
Quarter 4: R 2 404.00

Kindly take note that all SAFRI fellows qualify for discount, please contact your FPD Administrative Coordinator to apply

Enrolment Process

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership will follow these easy steps on their path to enrolment:

Step 1: Registration of a no obligation Learner Account (here you will be asked to provide only basic information)

Your user account will grant you access to illustrative examples of course material and allow you to experience our online learning environment.

Please note that account registration does not mean that you have been enrolled for the course. There are no fees associated with account registration and you are not obligated to apply for enrolment.

Step 2: Course Enrolment

After account registration, you will be required to complete an online application form and submit supporting documents. Once you have submitted your online application, along with all supporting documentation, you will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the success of your application.

The following documents needs to be submitted for enrolment:

  • National Senior Certificate for graduating from Grade 12
  • Proof of undergraduate degree in health sciences or equivalent qualification
  • Copy of RSA Identification document or passport

Please note that the course enrolment process is free of charge. No fees are payable unless your application is successful.

Step 3: Application review

Once you have submitted your online application, along with all supporting documentation, you will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the success of your application.

Step 4: Payment of course fees

Successful applicants are only liable to pay course fees at the start of each quarter, unless you choose to pay for the entire course in advance. You will be prompted for payment before completion of each quarter’s modules.

When Can You Enrol

Delegates can enrol for this course bi-annually:

Intake 1: 15 January 2019
Intake 2: 15 July 2019

Kindly take note registrations close 1 month before the start of specified intakes.


Mrs Tshego Molise

Administrative Coordinator
Tel: +27 (0) 12 816 9097
Fax: +27 (0) 86 742 7166
E-mail: tshegom@foundation.co.za

Mrs Tshegofatso Mathabathe

Administrative Coordinator
Tel: +27 (0) 12 816 9000 / 9094
Fax: +27 (0) 86 502 5688
E-mail: tshegofatsom@foundation.co.za

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