Africa Centre for HIV/ AIDS Management
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Postgraduate Diploma


​Structure, courses and assessment

The postgraduate diploma is an online teaching programme supplemented with interactive satellite broadcasts. It is presented on a part-time basis and students attend a compulsory summer school the second week of January.​.

Students are assessed on a continuous basis throughout the year. Training is presented in 6 courses of 20 credits each and students must complete 120 credits to qualify for being awarded the diploma. If the diploma is completed with an average of 65% or higher, students qualify to enter the MPhil programme.

Course 1: The problem of HIV/AIDS

  • Epidemiology
  • The impact of HIV/AIDS on the economic/labour sector
  • HIV/AIDS communication

Course 2: Socio-cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS

  • HIV/AIDS: fear, stigma and isolation
  • The role of culture in the HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Sexuality and gender inequality
  • HIV/AIDS, migration and poverty

Course 3: HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy

  • Legal framework & organizational practices regarding the employment of workers with HIV/AIDS
  • An employment relations perspective on HIV/AIDS
  • Designing an HIV/AIDS policy function, content and principles
  • Developing an HIV/AIDS policy - the process
  • Challenges in the development and implementation of an HIV/AIDS policy
  • Integrating antiretroviral treatment into workplace policies and programmes
  • Tuberculosis in South Africa
  • Tools for the development and implementation of an HIV/AIDS workplace policy

Course 4: Prevention and care for people living with HIV/AIDS 

  • Strategies for prevention
  • Therapeutic Management of HIV/AIDS / Pharmacovigilance
  • Nutrition and HIV/AIDS
  • Life skills/peer education/focus groups
  • The role of faith-based organisations play in the care of people living with HIV/AIDS

Course 5: Management in the era of HIV/AIDS 

  • A business perspective on the HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Social responsibility
  • Ethics and HIV/AIDS

Course 6: Research, monitoring and evaluating of HIV/AIDS programmes 

  • Research methodology
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Community/organisation mobilisation
  • Impact prediction​

Outcomes of the programme

By successfully completing the diploma, candidates will have acquired the knowledge, competencies and managerial skills to:

  • Formulate an HIV/AIDS workplace policy that is cost-effective and evidence-based, taking due account of the legal, ethical, social, economic and health issues
  • Influence and facilitate strategic and business planning, manage productivity and carry out performance assessment in the context of HIV/AIDS
  • Develop a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and continuum of care programme
  • Implement legislation and policies affecting HIV/AIDS at work
  • Facilitate community support and community actions
  • Conduct labour planning for a future in which HIV/AIDS is prevalent
  • Monitor and assess HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes
  • Assess the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace
  • Carry out a research project on HIV/AIDS in the workplace​

Teaching modes

In presenting the various modules of the programme the Africa Centre makes use of various modes of teaching, including:

  • Online teaching using Moodle (a leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education)
  • Interactive satellite broadcasts
  • Projects that enable students to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes learned
  • Analyses of case studies
  • Face-to-face teaching during the summer school
  • Meeting role-players in the HIV/AIDS field

Admission requirements

The entry requirements for the diploma are:

  • Any bachelor’s degree or national higher diploma or equivalent that is on SA NQF level 7
  • Work experience
  • Computer, internet and e-mail skills

Application information

Prospective students have to apply in writing before 30 October of the year prior to their studies.
Please ensure that you complete the two application forms:

1. The Africa Centre application form

In Adobe Acrobat format [82 kb] OR in MSWord format [79 kb] . Please attach this form with your SU agreement page and upload it online.

2.Complete the University form online 

Please read through all the instructions before you start the application process:

Tuition fee

Tuition fees:

The tuition fee for 2021 is R 33 427.00. We expect an increase of between 6% and 12% for 2022​  

 Registration for SA students

  1.  ​Pay the full fees or R 10​ 235.00 at registration.
  2. The international registration fee (IRF) is not applicable to SA students.

Registration for international students

  1.    Pay the full tuition fees and the international registration fee (IRF).
  2.  ​  The 2021 international registration fee (IRF) for (SADC) is R1 486.00.
  3.    The 2021 international registration fee (IRF) for (non-SADC)​ is R3 140​.00 

Additional cost: Summer school one week (second week in January)

Students are responsible for the payment of their own transport and accommodation during the summer school.
The Africa Centre can assist with accomodation in the University Residence; more information will be sent with acceptance documents.​