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Discover general practice and primary health care online at the University of Sydney

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Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care) is designed for allied health professionals, nurses and pharmacists who work in primary health care. It will provide the necessary skills and knowledge base for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of primary health care.

The course will cover a wide range of relevant study areas, some specific to general practice and primary health care and others aimed at extending knowledge and skills in areas such as dermatology, diabetes and metabolic health, clinical teaching, mental health, public health and ethics.

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.  

Subject areas

There are no specialisations available for this course.

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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 admission criteria

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 criteria’ 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 - 11 February 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) 

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 or to offshore international students. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January 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) 

What you'll study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care) students must complete 36 credit points comprising:

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

The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is largely taught online. Some units of study include an intensive face-to-face teaching session.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care) requires successful completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care) or:

  • a bachelor or postgraduate degree in nursing; and 
  • current registration (Registered Nurse (Division 1)); and
  • a minimum of 12 months relevant work experience. 

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice.

Course opportunities

Study general practice and primary health care at a range of levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The programs are embedded, allowing you to step through at your own pace.

If you have a medical degree, you can undertake the program as a Master of Medicine at the same levels.

Short courses and non-award study

Some general practice units of study are available as non-award courses. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the program director. 

Learn more about short courses in medicine.

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