Why study a Postgraduate Diploma in Management specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health
The Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDip (Management)) specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health is a Monash South Africa (MSA) 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. HIV/AIDS remains one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges; not only affecting the health of individuals, but also impacting households, communities as well as the development and economic growth of nations. Therefore there is an urgent need for health professionals trained in the management of HIV/AIDS and other health issues.
The course comprises eight (8) core units and no elective units. Students will complete eight (8) units per year if planning to study full-time or four (4) units if studying part-time.
Unit 1: Managing the spread of HIV/AIDS and health problems
The focus of this unit is on the burden and impact of major health problems (HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria 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.
Unit 2: Corporate governance
The focus of this unit is 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.
Unit 3: 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.
Unit 4: Management strategies for health problems
The focus of this unit is on strategies for prevention and care and therapeutic management of HIV/AIDS and care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases.
Unit 5: Leadership, directors and officers
The focus of this unit is 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.
Unit 6: Managing the psychosocial factors in HIV/AIDS and health
The focus of this unit is on social and cultural factors affecting health and HIV/AIDS, migration and its effect on health and HIV/AIDS as well as poverty and the impact on health and HIV/AIDS.
Unit 7: Managing human and financial resources for health
The focus of this unit is on the challenges of managing human resources in the health sector and managing financial resources in an HIV/AIDS or health-related organisation.
Unit 8: Managing health and HIV/AIDS research
The focus of this unit is 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.
The programme has four intakes in 2016. The programme will start on the following dates:
- Intake 1: 6 February 2016
- Intake 2: 12 March 2016
- Intake 3: 16 July 2016
- Intake 4: 20 August 2016
Each unit runs for five (5) weeks and begins with a scheduled contact session on campus followed by further continuous study and assignment submissions via the Learning Management System (LMS). Contact sessions will occur on Saturdays from 9h00 to 13h00.
Unit Schedule & Contact Sessions
Unit 1 - Managing the spread of HIV/AIDS and health problems (6 Feb-11 Mar 2016)
Contact Sessions: 6th February, 20th February & 5th March
Unit 2 - Corporate Governance (12 Mar-15 Apr 2016)
Contact Sessions: 12th March, 19th March & 9th April
Unit 3 - Policy and legal issues in HIV/AIDS and health (23 Apr-27 May 2016)
Contact Sessions: 23rd April, 7th May & 21st May
Unit 4 - Management strategies for health problems (28 May-1 July 2016)
Contact Sessions: 28th May, 11th June & 25th June
Unit 5 - Leadership, directors and officers (16 July-19 Aug 2016)
Contact Sessions: 16th July, 30th July & 13th August
Unit 6 - Managing the psychosocial factors in HIV/AIDS and health (20 Aug-23 Sept 2016)
Contact Sessions: 20th August, 3rd September & 17th September
Unit 7 - Managing human and financial resources for health (1 Oct-4 Nov 2016)
Contact Sessions: 1st October, 15th October & 29th October
Unit 8 - Managing health and HIV/AIDS research (5 Nov-9 Dec 2016)
Contact Sessions: 5th November, 19th November & 3rd December
The PGDip (Management) specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health equips students with the skills 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
Mode of Delivery
The PGDip (Management) specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health is designed for the working professional and uses flexible teaching methods. These include compulsory face-to-face contact sessions (three Saturday sessions per unit), extensive online learning using the Learning Management System (LMS), case studies and projects to apply learning into practice.
Continuous assessment is used, through challenging and innovative individual projects, case studies and assignments in each unit as well as online exercises to be completed in the LMS.
Site of Delivery
The PGDip (Management) specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health is offered at the MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.
Students must have successfully completed a relevant undergraduate degree in health sciences or an equivalent qualification (HEQSF Level 7) from an accredited institution. The entry requirements for the postgraduate diploma are:
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- Work experience in a health or related field
Qualifications of international students will be assessed on an individual basis. When applying, students should submit certified copies of their qualifications as well as final grades in the subjects undertaken.
The PGDip (Management) specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health is awarded by Monash South Africa as a registered private higher education institution in South Africa. This qualification is on HEQSF Level 8.
Applying couldn’t be easier. You can download and complete the application form.