Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases
The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases is a two-year part-time programme taught via a blend of online and residential components.
The Programme draws on world-class research and teaching in paediatric infectious diseases and offers a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of the principles that underpin paediatric infection, the ways in which those principles have developed, and to translate this understanding into good clinical and research practice.
Who is this course for?
The Programme will appeal to doctors who have experience in paediatrics, including:
- Trainees in paediatrics who have a specialist qualification equivalent to the Membership Examination of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH)
- Specialist trainees in paediatric infectious diseases or relevant medical subspecialties
- Clinical research fellows
Applicants should have an appropriate medical qualification equivalent to MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery), demonstrable work experience, and motivation and ability to complete the Programme.
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.
- Infectious Syndromes
- Therapeutics and Infection Control
- Epidemiology, Immunity and Immunization
- Bacterial Infections
- Imported and Tropical Diseases and Mycobacterial Infection
- Congenital and Neonatal Infection, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Parasitic Disease
- The Immunocompromised Host
- Fungal Infection
The course directs 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.
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 in the real world of paediatrics
- Knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in 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 learned 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
The Paediatric Infectious Diseases Programme is normally completed within two years and follows this schedule (dates may change):
from September - A two-year online course in Paediatric Infectious Diseases which covers the full syllabus outlined above with online tutor support and student discussion forums
May - September (either Year 1 or 2*) - Online course: Training for Paediatric HIV in Europe (paediatric HIV medicine) with PENTA-ESPID HIV
June/July (both Year 1 and 2) - Two residential courses in Oxford with Infection and Immunity in Children (IIC).
October (either Year 1 or 2*) - Residential course in Rome: Training for Paediatric HIV in Europe (paediatric HIV medicine) with PENTA-ESPID HIV
The PENTA-ESPID HIV and IIC courses 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. 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.
*The PENTA-ESPID HIV course runs every other year. Students commencing the Postgraduate Diploma in September 2019 will therefore need to complete the HIV course in 2020, in order for this to be counted towards their Postgraduate Diploma in time for the 2021 Examination Board for this cohort.
Assessment is via formative and summative elements.
- 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.
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 at Oxford University Department of Paediatrics.
Dr Dominic Kelly
Role: Deputy Director
Dr. Kelly is a BRC funded consultant in paediatrics and vaccinology.
Dr Stéphane Paulus
Role: Deputy Course Director
Stéphane is a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Oxford.
The tutors on this course are all leading academics in the field.
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. 5th Edition. 2018.
- Evidence-Based Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Isaacs, D. 1st Edition. 2007. WileyBlackwell.
Fees and funding
Please visit the Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases page on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website for details of course fees and costs.
Apply for this course
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.
If you would like to discuss the programme please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286946 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All the Department's Online Short Courses are developed by our Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) unit. To learn more, please see the TALL website.
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