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|Types||Online and Distance Learning|
Oxford Qualification - Part-time
|Dates||Mon 1 Sep 2014 to Fri 30 Sep 2016|
|Fees||Please see payment section for more information|
|Application status||Closed to new applications|
|Application deadline||Fri 06 June 2014|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1865 286946.|
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, directed by Professor Andrew Pollard of Oxford University Department of Paediatrics, is designed to provide a variety of different teaching methods (face-to-face and online) directing students through the syllabus required in the EU for clinical training in the subspecialty. The Programme will also be appropriate for those outside the EU.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases is supported by the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID)
, the Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA)
, and the IIC Course: Oxford
Worldwide, two thirds of the deaths in children under five years of age are caused by infectious diseases, and the prevention and treatment of infections in children is the number one priority for global health. Reflecting this imperative, we recognise that investment in research and intervention programmes related to leading causes of childhood morbidity and mortality, including acute respiratory infections, measles, infectious diarrhoea, malaria, HIV, and TB is vitally important. We believe that professionally-oriented education in paediatric infectious diseases is essential in the training of clinicians and clinical academics who will provide the future leadership in this key area for global health.
The Postgraduate Diploma also places the practice of paediatric infectious diseases in the broader context of applied sciences, such as pathogenesis, population biology and epidemiology. The Programme focuses on clinical (applied) aspects, underpinned by basic science to provide both breadth and depth.
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The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases is a part-time two-year programme taught via a blend of online and residential components.
Therapeutics and Infection Control
Epidemiology, Immunity and Immunization
Important Viral Infections and Prions
Imported and Tropical Diseases and Mycobacterial Infection
Congenital and Neonatal Infection, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Parasitic Disease
The Immunocompromised Host
The 2014 Paediatric Infectious Diseases Programme starts in September 2014. The next PENTA-ESPID HIV course online component beings in May 2014, with the residential component taking place in October 2014. The Infection and Immunity in Children: Oxford residential course takes place in June/July each year.
The Postgraduate Diploma is normally completed within two years.
The following course components can be taken before applying for the Postgraduate Diploma and if successfully completed and if taken within two years of starting the Postgraduate Diploma, then these elements of the Programme requirements will normally be dispensed: The Infection and Immunity in Children course, which runs each summer in Oxford, and the PENTA-ESPID online and residential HIV course. For example, the online PENTA-ESPID paediatric HIV Medicine course starts in May each year culminating in the residential course in October. Whether undertaken before registration for the Postgraduate Diploma or within the two-year duration of the Postgraduate Diploma, all components must be completed in order to satisfy the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma. See the course structure above for further details.
There may be specific subject requirements for your course, so do check the selection criteria below. These will be used by the University in assessing your application.Read full selection criteria
Prof Andrew Pollard
Professor Andrew Pollard (BSc, MBBS, PhD London, FRCPCH) is the academic lead for the Postgraduate Diploma. He is Professor of Paediatric Infection...more
Professor Christoph Aebi
Christoph Aebi is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and Head of the Pediatric...more
Dr Jay Berkley
Dr Jay Berkley is based at the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medicine Research - Coast and Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya.
Professor Andrew Cant
Professor Cant has served on the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) education and training committees since 1999,...more
Dr Julia Clark
Julia is a consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. She moved there in Jan 2012 from...more
Professor Nigel Curtis
Nigel Curtis, FRCPCH PhD, is Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne; Head of the Paediatric Infectious Diseases...more
Dr Graham Davies
Dr Graham Davies is a Consultant Paediatric Immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and an Honorary Reader at the Molecular Immunology Unit,...more
Professor Ronald de Groot
Ronald de Groot studied medicine in Rotterdam, followed by a residency in Gynecology/Obstetrics and Surgery as a preparation for a period as Senior...more
Professor Simon Dobson
Simon Dobson is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and an attending physician in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at...more
Dr Susanna Esposito
Professor Susanna Esposito is based at the Paediatric Department of the Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena,...more
Dr Saul Faust
Saul N Faust is Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology and Director of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at the...more
Professor Adam Finn
Adam Finn works at the University of Bristol and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. He leads the South West Regional Clinical Service for...more
Professor Carlo Giaquinto
Dr Carlo Giaquinto is based in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Padua where he is an Adjunct Professor, teaching medical students...more
Dr Paul Heath
Paul Heath is a Reader / Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St George's, University of London and Vaccine Institute in London....more
Dr Dominic Kelly
Dr. Kelly is a BRC funded consultant in paediatrics and vaccinology. He divides his time between working in general paediatrics and paediatric...more
Professor Simon Kroll
Professor Simon Kroll (FMedSci, FRCP, FRCPCH) is Professor of Paediatrics and Molecular Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London and Honorary...more
Dr Hermione Lyall
Dr Hermione Lyall is Honorary Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London. She is Chair of the Children’s HIV Association...more
Professor Jussi Mertsola
Jussi Mertsola has worked as a Professor of Paediatrics at the Turku University Hospital, Finland, since 2001. He made his medical thesis in 1985...more
Professor Richard Moxon
Richard Moxon is Action Research Professor of Paediatrics in the Medical Sciences Division and a Professorial Fellow of Jesus College at the...more
Dr Stéphane Paulus
Stéphane Paulus is a consultant in Infectious Diseases & Immunology at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, UK and Honorary Senior lecturer...more
Dr Andrew Prendergast
Dr Andrew Prendergast is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infection and Immunity at Queen Mary, University of London. He trained in paediatric...more
Dr Andrew Riordan
Andrew is a consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and an Honorary Lecturer at the...more
Dr Shelley Segal
Shelley Segal is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Children's Hospital in Oxford. She has a subspeciality interest in Infectious disease and...more
Dr Fiona Shackley
Dr Fiona Shackley is a Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in immunology and infectious diseases, at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. She has...more
Professor Mike Sharland
Professor Mike Sharland is the Lead Consultant Paediatrician at St George’s Hospital and Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St...more
Dr Delane Shingadia
Dr Delane Shingadia is a Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute...more
Dr Matthew Snape
Dr Matthew Snape is a consultant in General Paediatrics and Vaccinology at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS trust and an Honorary Senior Clinical...more
Professor Vytautas Usonis
Professor Vytautas Usonis has been Head of the Vilnius University Centre of Paediatrics since 2002. At Vilnius University, he is a leading professor...more
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The Programme will provide students with:
Knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of paediatric infectious diseases, and of the way in which those principles have developed
An ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles the real world of paediatrics
Knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in the paediatric infectious diseases and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems
An understanding of the limits of your knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge
At the end of the Programme students will know and understand how to:
Use your broad knowledge of paediatric infectious disease in your practice and have learnt where to find the necessary resources when you have reached your limit of knowledge
Understand how to find evidence-based information to facilitate rational decision making in diagnosis and management of children with infection
Effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis about paediatric infection, in a variety of forms, to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competences that will enable you to assume significant responsibility within organisations
Qualities and transferable skills necessary for your future career in paediatrics and infectious diseases
Assessment is via "formative elements" (online case rounds and discussions and multiple choice sessions) and "summative elements" (including written assignments, an oral presentation and an examination).
Online Case Rounds: at least seven ESPID case rounds over two years.
Online Case Discussions in paediatric HIV medicine (Tr@inforPedHIV): actively participate in one four-week session over two years.
Online multiple choice sessions: at least six sessions over two years.
Three written assignments of no more than 4000 words each over the course of two years.
Year 1: Oral presentation
A short oral presentation based on one of the written assignments.
Year 2: Examination
An examination consisting of multiple choice questions in paediatric infectious diseases.
This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system. In order to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification
. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.
The core textbooks for the Programme are:
- Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Eds: Long, S., Pickering, LK., and Prober, CG. 3rd Edition. 2008. Churchill Livingstone.
- Evidence-Based Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Isaacs, D. 1st Edition. 2007. WileyBlackwell.
There are three main teaching elements to the Programme:
A two-year online course in Paediatric Infectious Diseases which covers the full syllabus outlined above with online tutor support and student discussion forums
Two residential courses in Oxford: Infection and Immunity in Children.
A PENTA_ESPID online course Training for Paediatric HIV in Europe (paediatric HIV medicine) followed by a PENTA_ESPID residential course in Rome: Training for Paediatric HIV in Europe (paediatric HIV medicine).
Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 3-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.
The fees for 2014/15 are:
- Home/EU Student = £8,790 (£4,395 pa)
- Overseas Students = £14,410 (£7,205 pa)
Note that these are the total fees, but all successful Home/EU applicants are awarded a bursary towards their attendance at the Oxford Residential Course and the PENTA-ESPID HIV course of £2,500 (£1,250 pa), which means that the fees we charge to Home/EU students are £6,290 (£3,145 pa). Students are then required to pay separately for attendance at the Oxford Residential Course and the PENTA-ESPID HIV course directly to those course organisers.
We also encourage students to become members of ESPID.
All fees are subject to change.
ESPID Bursary Application Form 2014
The ESPID Bursary has been created through a generous donation from ESPID (European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases), to help towards university fees for students from lower-resourced countries¹. ESPID exists to promote the exchange of information among people who have special experience in the field of paediatric infectious diseases (PID). The Society promotes research and training in PID.
Please download the ESPID Bursary Application Form for 2014/15 and submit by 8 August 2014.
¹ In accordance with the World Bank list of economies - November 2011 (www.worldbank.org)
Judith Hockaday Travel Bursaries
Students attending postgraduate medical courses who are normally resident in less developed countries may be eligible for a bursary to help with travel to and from Oxford.
Other sources of funding
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page
Apply for this course
Applications for the Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases starting in September 2014 are now being accepted.
Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This website includes further information about this course and a guide to applying.
Early application for the programme is strongly advised. All applications must have been fully completed before the application deadline in order to be considered. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a telephone interview.
Applications will be considered at each of the following deadlines:
- 25 April 2014
- 6 June 2014
The final deadline for applications to reach us is by: 6 June 2014
If you would like to discuss the programme please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286946 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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