Distance Flexible Learning (DFL)
This mode of undergraduate and postgraduate learning is challenging because whilst it provides opportunities to upgrade skills and knowledge at the same time it allows work to continue. The Fiji School of Medicine has embarked on this mode of delivery (DFL) due to the growing need for health care professionals to upgrade their skills and knowledge but cannot afford to leave their workplace due to cost and inconvenience.
Distance & Flexible Learning (DFL) means:
Whereby the learner and the teacher are separated by geographical boundaries and courses of programme of study are set within a time frame. There is flexibility of courses in terms of content and method of delivery. Delivery mode range from: face-to-face, audio/video conferencing, teleconferencing etc”
(Tuisawau and PWah R, 1999: 4-5).
The Department of Public Health has an increasing number of courses developed for DFL. The demand for such courses is increasing and we hope to continue developing the range of courses to cater for diverse requirements. The Department of Public Health has basically covered the whole Pacific region to deliver courses.
The Department of Health Sciences has also provide some courses on DFL in the following programmes, Bridging in Diploma in Physiotherapy and Bridging in Bachelor in Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Imaging Science.
What are the benefits of studying via DFL?
When studying via this mode, you have the opportunity to upgrade your knowledge without:
- Having to take study leave
- Leaving your family and friends behind and coming to take courses on campus it should be noted that the same type of assessment that applies to “students on campus” also applies to DFL.
What are the Modes of Delivery?
There are some differences in the way learning will take place via DFL compared to your counterparts’ on-campus. Face-to-face courses are taught with some contact hours by the convener and will be enhanced by the use of teleconferencing, audio-video tapes and group tutorials.
DFL is centered on the notion of flexibility, which may involve short, face-to-face and intensive courses, e.g. “summer school”.
What do I need to be aware of when enrolling as a DFL student?
You must meet the enrolment criteria specified in your programme of study. This is to ensure that you will be able to tackle the content and at the same time ensure that your learning will be positive and rewarding. The following are some points of consideration:
- Be aware of when the courses are advertised and send in your applications
- Courses will be advertised when it is available
- The enrolment criteria will be mentioned in the advertisement.
Programmes offered by DFL?
- Certificate in Public Health
- Diploma in Public Health
- Bachelor in Public Health
- Bachelor in Environmental Health (Bridging)
- Diploma in Physiotherapy (Bridging)
- Bachelor in Pharmacy (Bridging)
- Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science (Bridging)
- Bachelor in Medical Imaging Science (Bridging)
Post Graduate Programs
- Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service management
- Master in Public Health –Coursework (selected courses)
- Master in Public Health- Research (selected courses)
Tuition - Tuition fee is the same as on-campus students. Other costs may be incurred and charged to corporate sponsors.
Scholarship - Interested applicants are advised that possible sponsorship for postgraduate Public Health programs (as advertised) can be obtained from WHO-POLHN- more information is available in their website-www.polhn.org
General Information- The Distance and Flexible Learning Unit is under the Director Academic Services.
How to Apply? Details would be mentioned in the advertisement. However, you may apply via email or the postal services. Enrolment forms can also be obtained from the FSMed website or http://www.fnu.ac.fj or contact:
Academic Office Manager
Phone - (679) 3311700, ext-1305
Fax - (679) 3303469
For other support services you may contact:
Richard Fiu (DFL Administrator) or Mere Tupou Diloi (Admin Coordinator)
Phone No: (679) 3311700 ext 3276 or 3233276
Fax No: (679) 3321919