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Study child and adolescent health online at the University of Sydney

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About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Child and Adolescent Health), formerly Paediatric Medicine, provides you with the latest practical and theoretical knowledge of child and adolescent health and is delivered online, allowing flexible integration of your studies with your professional and personal life. 

Child and adolescent health cover a broad range of case-based practical and relevant subjects, allowing clinicians to increase their understanding of how to provide the best healthcare for children.

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.   

Why study with us?

  • Our students will learn from Sydney Medical School's highly regarded clinical, education and research staff in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, based at the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
  • The program reflects their clinical and academic expertise in a wide range of areas, including allergy, immunisation, infectious diseases and child obesity.
  • Students will gain a practical and theoretical foundation in paediatrics, from newborns to adolescents.
  • Our coursework is case-based, and you can study at a basic or advanced level. It is facilitated by subspecialty experts who will guide your learning and facilitate valuable interactions within your student group. 
  • We offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load.

Who should study this course?

  • The Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Child and Adolescent Health) is suitable for all doctors interested in child and adolescent health, regardless of seniority or experience.
  • We welcome doctors who are working in general practice or specialty paediatrics, in the community or in a hospital, who wish to pursue a career in paediatrics or who simply wish to improve their knowledge and skills in child and adolescent health.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page.

Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Separate scholarship deadlines apply. Check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page.

Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Not available to student visa holders. International students on other visas with study rights may apply.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements.

Separate scholarship deadlines may apply. Check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The graduate diploma requires the completion of 36 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points of compulsory units of study
  • 24 credit points of stream specific units of study
  • 6 credit points of stream specific or general elective units of study.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

All students enrolled in the graduate diploma complete CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology.

The stream specific units are designed to update students' core knowledge in the relevant subject area and to enhance clinical practice with case-based scenarios that focus on current evidence-based best practice.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Child and Adolescent Health) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Study Dates are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course Coordinator – Child and Adolescent Health

Shekeeb Mohammad

Dr Shekeeb Mohammad
MBBS, FRACP, PhD | Paediatric Neurologist

Dr Mohammad is a paediatric neurologist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. He is a clinician-researcher with expertise in paediatric autoimmune neurological disorders and movement disorders including tics, Tourette syndrome, dystonia and associated neuropsychiatric problems in children. He also has experience in paediatric deep brain stimulation. He is the course coordinator for the child and adolescent health program for the University of Sydney and has interests in medical education and curriculum development. Learn more

Future study options

The Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Child and Adolescent Health) is embedded within the Master of Medicine (Child and Adolescent Health). The master's degree builds on concepts learned during the graduate diploma and graduate certificate and provides additional training in research methodology. You may choose to complete the Graduate Diploma or use it as a pathway into the master's degree. 

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of PhilosophyMaster of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.

It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Short courses and non-award study

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals. Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body.

Learn more about short courses in medicine

Career pathways

Our courses offer a great number of graduate opportunities depending on what stage you are at in your career and what your future goals may be. These courses will be extremely useful for preparation for paediatric specialty training and examinations. Our courses in paediatric medicine can also be useful for those who wish to specialise in areas of medicine other than paediatrics that still require a thorough understanding of paediatric medicine, such as general practice. 

Domestic students

International students

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