Occupational Medicine

Course Commencement Exam Contacts
End June/ Early July of each year
(6 months part-time)
Written Assessment 1: August/September of each year

Written Assessment 2: October/November of each year
Ms Joanne Tan
Tel: 6516 4527


Revised as of 7 March 2017


July 2017 to December 2017

Application Period:

Monday, 6 February 2017 to Friday, 31 March 2017

Closing Date of Application:

Friday, 31 March 2017

Course Objective:

The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine (GDOM), offered by the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS), National University of Singapore, aims to provide comprehensive skills to doctors in general practice and specialists who wish to have a better understanding of the occupational aspects of their specialty and to be able to implement program to protect and promote a healthy workplace in line with the Total Workplace Safety and Health (Total WSH) Initiatives.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of offering a total and integrated workplace safety, health and wellbeing program. The new curriculum will also include “Fitness-to-return-work” assessment, management of workers with common chronic diseases and a project to start a Total WSH program at a workplace.

Successful candidates would be awarded the GDOM and would also be eligible to apply to be a Designated Workplace Doctor (DWD) with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Medical Officers or General Practitioners with a recognized MBBS degree (or equivalent)
  • At least two years’ post‐registration relevant clinical experience
  • English Language Requirement: Applicants whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate instruction is not English must fulfil a minimum level of English proficiency. For certain qualifications, you are also required to furnish additional English Language test scores. Applicants may present any of the following to fulfil the English Language requirement:

  • Test
    Minimum Acceptance Score
    EL1119 C6
    IELTS 6.5 (Overall); 6.5 (Writing)
    MUET 200
    'O'Level English C6
    TOEFL 580 for paper-based / 237 for computer-based

Intake Date:

The course commences in June/July every year and is conducted once yearly.

Intake Size:

The intake is capped at a maximum class size of 25.

CME Points:

CME points will be awarded to doctors registered with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC).

Elements of the Programme:

The main elements of the programme include:

  • 6 weeks of direct learning, site visits and assignments, making up to 120 hours
  • Continual assessments
  • Submission of a written portfolio

More details will be provided in the timetable in due course.

Training Course:

The formal training consisting of 120 hours is equally distributed across the 6 modules as shown below. The modular system is designed to encourage the participation of medical practitioners who may have difficulties taking extended periods of absence from their work.

Module 1 3 July 2017 to 7 July 2017 Introduction to Occupational Health
Module 2 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017 Clinical Occupational Medicine (Part 1)
Module 3 4 September 2017 to 8 September 2017 Clinical Occupational Medicine (Part 2)
Module 4 2 October 2017 to 6 October 2017 Occupational Medicine Practice - Total WSH
Module 5 6 November 2017 to 10 November 2017 Assessment of the Workplace
Module 6 4 December 2017 to 8 December 2017 Project Work

All 6 modules are offered every year. Each module is usually offered in a one‐week block (Monday to Friday of every month either end June or beginning July, from 1330hrs ‐ 1800hrs), and must be taken consecutively. All modules have to be successfully completed and passed to be conferred the graduate diploma.


Candidates MUST satisfy at least 75% attendance at the lectures for each module and site visits in order to be admitted to the assessments at the end of Modules 2 & 4 and final portfolio assessment..
Written Assessment 1: Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Written Assessment 2: Thursday 2 November 2017

Candidates are required to submit a written portfolio comprising 2 reports, totalling 2,000 to 3,000 words each, of which

  1. 1 report should be based on a visit to, and assessment of, a workplace,
  2. 1 report should be based on a clinical case seen by the candidate.

Reports should demonstrate that the candidate is able to apply the principles of occupational health
and safety in practice. Portfolio must be submitted by the specified date to complete the course.
Delay in submission may lead to failure of the entire course.

Candidates may be required to sit for an Oral examination at the end of Module 6 (where necessary).

All assessment components, including the Oral examination (if applicable), must be satisfactorily completed for the diploma to be awarded.


Please submit your application via Graduate Admission System (GDA2) by the closing date as stipulated above. Late or incomplete applications will not be entertained.

A step-by-step guide to applying online can be found here. The following documents must be submitted together with your application:

  • 1 recent passport-sized photograph (image has to be 400 x 514 pixels)
  • Basic medical degree certificate (MBBS)
  • NRIC : for locals / Permanent Residents
  • Employment Pass and Passport : for foreigners (residing in Singapore)
  • Passport : for applicants holding SAF IC & foreigners (residing outside Singapore)
  • Singapore Medical Council Registration Certification / Card (front and back) - for applicants practicing in Singapore
  • Any other medical qualifications
  • English Language Proficiency Test scores, where applicable
  • Payment of S$20 being application fee (Course fee is applicable only upon successful course enrolment)

* Candidates must submit an authenticated translation if their official supporting documents is not in English. A fresh ink stamp must be used to authenticate the copy or translation of the primary medical qualification.

Candidates whose original documents have been damaged or misplaced must apply to the relevant organizations / authorities for replacements or letters of verification.

It is a university regulation that applicants cannot be concurrently registered for more than one course in an academic year.

DGMS is not obliged to provide reasons for unsuccessful applications. Other respective rules/regulations of DGMS will apply.


Application fee (non‐refundable) 20.00
Course fee (inclusive of Examination fee) 6237.40


  • Fees are inclusive of GST.
  • Payment modes: credit/debit card only.
  • Application fee must be paid at the time of application else application will be rejected.
  • Course fee is payable only upon successful course enrolment.
  • All fees are subject to changes without prior notice.


This course is eligible for the SkillsFuture Credit scheme – please visit www.skillsfuture.sg for more information.

Course and Exam Deferment:

Deferment of course for successfully admitted applicants is subject to the GDOM Committee’s discretion. A fresh application is required should you decide to take the course in future intake.

Withdrawal Policy:

If candidate decides to withdraw after placement is confirmed, he/she must write in to DGMS.

  1. If written notice of withdrawal is received before the acceptance of placement deadline, a refund, less the application fee will be made.
  2. If written notice of withdrawal is received after the acceptance of placement deadline, or the candidate fails to attend the examination for any reason, no refund will be administered.

For further enquiries/clarifications, please contact:

Joanne Tan (Ms)
Tel: (65) 6516 4527