Desmond Tutu HIV Centre: Postgraduate Diploma in TB-HIV Medicine



The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and the University of Cape Town are proud to present the first online postgraduate qualification from the Faculty of Health Sciences: the Postgraduate Diploma in TB-HIV Management.

Healthcare practitioners at primary care health facilities, are faced with complex TB/HIV cases on a daily basis. Thus comprehensive knowledge of TB/HIV is essential to effectively manage the large case-burden attributed to these diseases.

The online postgraduate diploma (PGDip) aims to provide doctors and nurse practitioners with the comprehensive knowledge needed to manage HIV and TB infected patients at primary care health facilities. The two year qualification is in line with the latest South African national guidelines and best practices.

In response to the unique needs of an adult health-care practitioner working in a busy clinic outside of urban areas – this diploma is designed for online learning in the comfort of one’s home after the busy work day is done.  With no need to travel far distances for physical lectures, the student can access the engaging and interactive course content from their laptop, mobile phone or table over the internet, at a time that suits them.

The diploma consists of four online training courses (details below):

Year 1

     Clinical Management of HIV (Semester 1)

     Clinical Management of TB ( Semester 2)

Year 2

     TB/HIV Co-infection (Semester 1)

     Operational Research (Semester 2)

There is also a Biostatistics component at the end of year 2.


Should you require any further information, please contact the Operations and Support Manager – Melissa May.


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Online training team

Programme Director: Dr Rozeena Nordien (

Operations and Support Manager: Ms Melissa May

Lecturer: Dr Funeka Bango

Assistant lecturers: Mr Annibale Cois, Dr Sabine Verkuijl

General Information (Overview)

The Postgraduate Diploma is comprised of five individual courses, each of which can be completed in a stand-alone capacity and as occasional studies.  Occasional students are only permitted to complete one course at a time which will run over one semester (approximately five months).  After successful completion of the course, students are eligible to receive a maximum of 30 CPD points and will also receive an academic certificate of completion.  If you would like to find out more information or how to submit an online application, please see the Contact section below.


Faculty Handbook (Refer to pp. 66-67 and 280)

These courses are also open to be taken as stand-alone courses for those students not wanting to complete an entire diploma:


Topics covered: Epidemiology of HIV; Overview of HIV diagnostic tests; HIV testing & counselling in adults & children; Common opportunistic infections; ARV drugs & lifecycle of HIV; Initiating and monitoring ART in routine patients & patients with co-morbid conditions; Recognising & managing ART resistance/failure & treatment interruptions; Drug toxicity & management; Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome.


Topics covered: TB/HIV Integration; Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT); Initiation of TB Treatment; Initiating ART in Patients Already on TB Treatment; Drug Interactions between Rifampicin and ARVs; Treatment of Drug-resistant TB/HIV co-infection; Considerations for Combined TB Treatment / ART Use in Special Populations; Monitoring the Co-infected Patient; Management of Common Adverse Drug Reactions; TB-IRIS; Clinical Deterioration of HIV-positive Patients on TB Treatment; Management of Non-tuberculosis Mycobacteria / NTM.


Topics covered: TB diagnosis in adults & children, TB contact management, Signs & symptoms of TB in adults & children (including extra-pulmonary TB), Treatment & management of drug-sensitive & drug-resistant TB in adults & children, Treatment of extra-pulmonary TB, Treatment of Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacteria, and Monitoring of TB therapy.


Topics covered: Introduction to Operational research; Study designs; Error, Bias and Confounding; Data collection & Data Management; Research Ethics; Framing a research question; Writing a protocol; Choosing populations and sampling; Practical Implementation; and Writing Skills.


Fees (2018)

Occasional studies 2018

PG Dip Fee Breakdown 2018

Applicants can anticipate a 10% annual fee increase.  Please note that different fees for international students apply – refer to attachments for more information.

Please note that additional fees for international students outside of the SADC regions will apply.

Faculty Handbook



Since its inception, approximately 150 doctors and nurses have received training through this programme. This is what some of them had to say about their online learning experience:

“I am able to learn more while at home, despite my busy work.”

“The clinical topics covered were the most enjoyable and beneficial. I found them to be very stimulating as I was able to readily apply what I was leaning to my everyday working experiences with patients.”

“I found the notes to be excellent and very easy to read and understand which made the need for direct contact not necessary at all.”

“One, the flexibility to study while working. Two, the luxury of time for the course. Three, the ease of learning through the online interaction both audio and visual was very good.”

“The course helped me better understand infection control measures and as a result to implement them on the working place.”

“I found the course very organised. I liked the way TB information was unpacked. The most daunting subjects like MDR and XDR-TB were presented in a simplified manner that was easy to understand.”