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Professional Diploma of General Dermatology

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Start anytime online and enjoy the flexibility to study at your own pace. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course is designed for general practitioners who wish to build on the knowledge gained from the Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology. There will be a greater focus on difficult and complex cases in general dermatology. The importance of accurate screening and the rules to avoid missing melanoma are also essential learning. Submission and analysis of medical practitioners’ own cases are a key feature of this course.

This course is the final part of the three-part Professional Diploma of General Dermatology. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.


The course offers richly illustrated clinical examples and opportunities for interactive discussions on the cases provided and covers various dermatology conditions.

The theory sessions cover:

  • Bites (animals, snakes and insects)
  • Skin ulcers, pressure sores and wound care
  • Pregnancy dermatoses
  • Oral mucosal diseases
  • Urticaria and drug eruptions
  • Nutritional dermatoses and delusions of parasitosis
  • Sexually transmitted infections and HIV
  • Vulvar skin diseases

Course participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to replay video lectures from medical experts.
  • Participate in discussions of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions.
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field.
  • All presentation slides available for download.
  • Participate in course webinars prior to the examinations and ask questions.
  • Receive unlimited and ongoing access to free alumni learning resources, video lectures, and discussion forums, as well as invite-only events and special offers after completion of the course.
  • Receive ongoing post-course support through webinars and case reviews.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in optional clinical attachments at dedicated dermatology facilities.

Module 1: Bites: animals, snakes and insects - A/Prof Caterina Longo

In this module you will learn to recognise venomous and non-venomous bites and stings, and manage allergic reactions. You will learn to identify the causes of common bites, how to recognise the creature causing the bites and the recommended treatment for these conditions.

Module 2: Skin ulcers, pressure sores and wound care - Dr Daniel Stulberg

In this module you will learn to manage pressure injuries, recognise skin ulcers, identify high risk patients, and manage would care. You will learn to develop a patient-centred, multidisciplinary team approach for pressure, diabetic or venous ulcers.

Module 3: Pregnancy dermatoses - Dr Christopher Ross

In this module you will learn to recognise physiologic changes and conditions that can occur during pregnancy. You will learn to identify different conditions that exist or develop over the course of a pregnancy and how to manage these presentations.

Module 4: Oral mucosal diseases - Prof Richard Usatine

In this module you will learn to recognise conditions of the tongue, oral mucosa and lips. You will learn to identify and develop management systems for oral ulcers, lichen planus, pemphigus vularis, leukplakia, cancer, and Kaposi’s sarcoma.

Module 5: Urticaria and drug eruptions - Dr Daniel Stulberg

In this module you will learn to identify drug eruptions and distinguish between erythema multiforme, Steven-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. You will learn how to manage treatment of chronic urticaria.

Module 6: Nutritional dermatoses and delusions of parasitosis - Dr Christopher Ross

In this module you will learn about malnutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and the effects of these on the human body. You will learn how to identify patients with obesity dermatoses and delusions of parasitosis and how to manage these conditions.

Module 7: Sexually transmitted infections and HIV - Prof Richard Usatine

In this module you will learn how to identify and diagnose the different cutaneous manifestations of STIs and HIV. You will learn how to develop a treatment strategy to manage these conditions.

Module 8: Vulvar skin diseases - A/Prof Caterina Longo

In this module you will learn how to identify pigmented lesions and inflammatory skin diseases related to the vulva. You will learn to diagnose difficult lesions and how to recognise and manage conditions such as melanosis and seborrheic keratosis.


From $1,795


Single course


Two-Course Bundle*


Three-Course Bundle*


*Special rates for upfront registrations for multiple courses within the same pathway.

Single course 

$640 x 3 

Two-Course Bundle

$605 x 6

Three-Course Bundle

$645 x 8 

 Defer your payments over several months.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training receive a HealthCert Scholarship and save up to $350 on online certificate courses and up to $500 on certificate courses that include a practical workshop. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with the Early Bird special.


Prof Richard P. Usatine


Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA

Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA

A/Prof Caterina Longo


Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Dr Christopher M Ross

BSc(BiomedSc)(Hons) BMBS FACD

Dr Daniel Stulberg



This Professional Diploma of General Dermatology is delivered online in eight modules. We offer a ‘start anytime online’ course structure, which gives flexible start and completion times for studies, as well as exam extensions, to fit in with busy schedules. Participants can enjoy the flexibility to study at their own pace, in their own time, within their home or office, and on their favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that participants are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at their convenience. The two webinars scheduled half way through the course and prior to the exam period, offer the opportunity to join, ask questions and interact with the presenters online in real-time but can also be viewed later. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online within 12 months from the start of the cohort. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, participants can build critical skills and tailor their career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.

The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by three weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar where participant questions are answered prior to the examinations.

A clinical audit is a feature of this professional diploma. The audit will guide you to reflect on your patient management prior to and after increasing your knowledge and clinical management of patients with general dermatology conditions. You will need to submit your own patient cases with images as part of the audit. The clinical audit is separately accredited.

The course includes: 

  • All presentation slides available for download.
  • Access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures.
  • Reading list with references to peer-reviewed journal articles to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.
  • 12 month web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development.
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair.
  • Complete a clinical audit (separately accredited) to demonstrate application of learning.

Online assessment

  • 120 knowledge multiple choice questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
  • 120 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
    • Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do?  Multiple choice images based on patient cases.

The pass mark for each exam is 80 per cent. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone. Knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.

HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within 12 months from the start of the cohort.


Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Diploma of General Dermatology certificate and below points. 

RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points

ACRRM - PDP units: 42 Educational activity, 16 Performance review

This professional diploma certificate:

  • Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Provides PDP points from the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses
    endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD points must be stated on the certificate. Please contact PLD(at)dhcr.gov.ae for more information.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Category 1 points are reported as certified and Category 2 points are reported as non-certified. Contact mainprocredits(at)cfpc.ca for more information.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Provides credit for Postgraduate Diploma in General Dermatology which is studied online at the Rila Institute of Health Sciences which in turn provides credit for a Master of Science in Dermatology awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
  • Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.
Professional Diploma of General Dermatology
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dermatology, Skin cancer detection/mole scan/total skin check
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
Max 120 hours
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Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
The Professional Diploma of General Dermatology is designed for medical professionals who wish to build upon their dermatological knowledge to accurately screen all patients with skin concerns in primary care. Participants can expect to develop the most advanced clinical skillset and critical awareness of dermatology principles and treatment options, with a greater focus on difficult and complex cases. The course is suitable for medical doctors, International Medical Graduates, and degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under the supervision of a general practitioner. Participants must have completed the Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology (or qualification deemed equivalent). HealthCert also highly recommends successful completion of at least 50 cases of general dermatology prior to enrolment. Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to credit(at)healthcert.com for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within two to three weeks.
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