This new Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health (PGDSRH) is designed to build capacities of health professionals with essential knowledge and skills in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), analyze the burden of ill health due to poor SRH outcomes, assess the epidemiological data to measure the magnitude of SRH problems, rationalize the social determinants, evaluate the various interventions, explore evidence-based innovations, and develop the principles of effective programming to improve SRH outcomes.
Statistics show that the Pacific Island Countries (PIC) made progress towards achieving SRH goals within the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015), followed by the Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030) framework, but the extent of progress has varied greatly between countries and within countries.
The major SRH issues contributing to heavy disease burden in Fiji and the Pacific include complications during pregnancy and deliver, stillbirths, premature births, low family planning practice and high levels of unmet needs for contraception, sexually-transmitted infections, HIV, reproductive tract cancers, gender-based violence and the need to protect the reproductive health of women and adolescents.
External and internal reviews by FNU and UNFPA in 2015 of the now shelved 3-month Certificate in Reproductive Health Management Training Programme (RHMTP), which was funded by UNFPA, recommended to develop postgraduate programmes at diploma and master level for long-term benefits and sustainable health workforce development. The development of this new programme represents FNU’s response to the demands for formal training in SRH from PIC, as per findings of the regional market survey on health professional training in this area.
This document describes the PGDSRH programme to be delivered by the School of Public Health and Primary Care (SPHPC) in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS).
Engaging in SRH partnerships is an opportunity for FNU to expand its professional network and to strengthen its linkages with other development partners. The regional countries are already working in collaboration with UN agencies and other regional and international bodies to advance the SRH agenda.
Overall, the new programme applies a holistic approach to SRH through a formal training package, allowing students attain core competencies and skills to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and to address SRH from both a clinical and public health perspective. The courses will meet the needs of health professionals who aspire to become supervisors, managers and coordinators of SRH programmes at different levels of service delivery.
A Bachelor’s degree of Health Sciences or Social Sciences.
A minimum of three years’ work experience in the SRH area in the health sector (demonstrated on their curriculum vitae) with a written and positive reference from a supervisor.
Those with an undergraduate degree not related to health, or with less than five years work experience but strong references, may be considered.