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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership

30 Ethics Points Only R 19 230.00 (incl VAT) NQF Level 8

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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). An institution with a 10 year track record of developing educational leaders in Africa.

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).

SAFRI fellows qualify for a 50% discount subject to meeting certain requirements, please contact the Office of Registrar for more information.

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: Register a Learner Account

Registration of a no obligation Learner Account on the Medical Practice Consulting site (here you will be asked to provide only basic information), to register a learner account now, click on the following link: https://www.mpconsulting.co.za/register

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: Apply for enrolment

After account registration, you will be required to complete and submit the attached application for enrolment form together with supporting documents via email to education@foundation.co.za

Download Application Form

The following supporting documents need to be submitted:

  • 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

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

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

Step 3: Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning

You may also apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) by completing the attached application for RPL form together with supporting documents via email to education@foundation.co.za

Download RPL Application Form

The following supporting documentation is required to be submitted:

  • Transcript of training from a previous educational institution
  • Testimonials/reference letter from previous or current employers
  • Assessment results or any relevant documentation that supports the credit claim

You will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the outcome of the process.

The maximum RPL allowable is 60 credits. Those who have completed the SAFRI fellowship should apply for recognition of prior learning for Module 4: Innovation Research Project (50 credits).

Step 4: Registration and Payment

Successful applicants will also receive an invoice from FPD for making the payment, as a student you have the option of only paying fees at the start of each quarter alternatively you may also pay for the entire qualification in advance.

Kindly take note that all SAFRI fellows qualify for a 50% discount, therefore please ensure to indicate that you are a SAFRI fellow on your application form.

Once proof of payment received you will then be able to officially register for the qualification, a link will be forwarded to you where you will be required to complete an online registration form, once submitted you will have full access to the qualification.

When Can You Enrol

Delegates can enrol for this course bi-annually:

Intake 1
Applications close 26 April 2019
Intake 2
Applications close 28 July 2019


For more information or to find out if you qualify for RPL, please feel free to contact:

Mrs Ilana van der Merwe
Foundation for Professional Development

Email: education@foundation.co.za
Tel: 012 816 9000

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