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Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Technology Management


The Diploma forms part of a new programme in Healthcare Technology 
Management at the University of Cape Town. The Diploma is targeted at 
healthcare technology planners, policy-makers and co-ordinators; 
healthcare technology procurement officers; managers of healthcare 
organisations and services; and healthcare technology practitioners, 
be they managers, users or maintenance personnel.


The Curriculum consists of both compulsory core courses and optional 
courses as follows:

Core courses:
- Healthcare Technology (HCT) Assessment 
- HCT Planning & Acquisition
- HCT Utilisation & Maintenance
- Special Topics Introductory Course 
- Project Management

Optional courses (choice of 3):
- Healthcare Orientation
- Clinical Engineering Practice
- Health Facilities Management
- Health Informatics & Computing
- Medical Equipment Design & Application

The Diploma curriculum is in keeping with WHO Resolutions and actions 
directed at developing countries and also draws on the experiences of 
governments and multilateral/bilateral organisations active in devel-
oping countries, and in particular the Sub-Saharan Region.

The curriculum will be presented initially in English. Diploma re-
quirements include an applied research project conducted in a 'real-
world' environment.


The Diploma contains a mix of on-site and distance-learning (by cor-
respondence &/or internet) and runs for 18 months, although partici-
pants are expected to be on-site for one 3-month block. The 1999 Di-
ploma programme will commence in mid-February. The 3-month full-time 
block has not been finalised but is likely to be over the July-
October period. 


It is recommended that final applications be submitted by the middle 
of February 1998.


The full Diploma fee for participants from countries within the 
Southern African Development Community (SADC) is ZAR 9,700. For those 
participants from countries outside SADC the fee is US$ 5,400.


Entry to the Diploma usually requires a first degree or equivalent. 
Competencies acquired through non-formal learning may also be recog-
nised for purposes of admission to the Diploma. Potential applicants 
are urged to contact the Programme Co-ordinator.


Individual courses may be taken by occasional students - fees are 
available on request. Selected courses will be made available as full 
distance-learning options, obviating the need for students to travel 
to Cape Town.


The Diploma has received support from the AFTH (African Federation 
for Technology in Healthcare) and the Flanders Government - the Dis-
tance-Learning infrastructure has recently been set up by colleagues 
from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, under a Flanders Government Min-
istry of Education project.

For further information please contact:

Mladen Poluta (HTM Programme Co-ordinator) 
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
UCT Medical School
Observatory 7925
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 406 6545
Fax: +27 21 448 3291

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