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Last Updated

21 Oct 2021 at 10:06am

COVID-19 and your workplace learning:

We are encouraging all students currently undertaking workplace learning or with workplace learning experiences coming up to be extra-vigilant in minimising potential exposure to COVID-19:

  • Maintaining good hand hygiene
  • Strictly following physical distancing measures
  • Downloading the COVIDSafe app.

Some placement sites also have additional requirements. Your Workplace Learning Team will advise if these apply to you.

Following these simple steps will help reduce your likelihood of coming into contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, or developing other symptoms that prevent you from continuing with your placement at this time.

You must follow all NSW Health and government guidelines and instructions in the first instance, and must not attend placement if you are unwell. If you develop any symptoms during your placement, contact your placement supervisor and Workplace Learning team and stay home until you are fully recovered. You should also see a medical practitioner or have a COVID-19 test if requested.

Currently, most domestic placements are continuing as scheduled. All international placements have been cancelled and affected students will be contacted individually.

Due to the spread of the virus, individual health services and other organisations are making decisions about placement cancellations, suspensions or increased student preparation requirements. These decisions are site-specific, and in response to the spread of the virus in particular areas and the level of risk.

To date only a small number of domestic placements have been affected. Should your placement be affected, the workplace learning team will advise you as soon as possible and will seek an alternate placement for you.

If you have any questions or need to contact your Faculty Workplace Learning team, please contact your team by emailing one of the following addresses:

FAQs about COVID-19 and workplace learning

The following FAQs answer some of the general questions you may have around the impacts of COVID-19 on workplace learning.

  • Do I need to be vaccinated to attend my placement?

    In line with government advice, Charles Sturt is strongly encouraging all students to have their COVID-19 vaccination. This is particularly important for science and health students who go out on placement into the community.

    While NSW Health has not mandated vaccinations, local health districts are increasingly requiring students to be fully vaccinated before attending their placement. From 1 September 2021, residential aged care facilities will also require students to be vaccinated. Additionally, from 2022, all health students will need to be vaccinated. Those who have not received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination will not be allocated a placement from 2022.

    To ensure placements can proceed, and to help protect yourself and our community, you are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

    Process for workplace learning students:

    1. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find a vaccination clinic and book an appointment.
    2. When booking your appointment, you need to identify as a 'healthcare worker' and provide proof of occupation – you can use your university ID card for this.
    3. Download a support letter from your workplace learning Interact2 site to bring to your appointment.
    4. Once you’re vaccinated, upload evidence to InPlace to let us know. For new workplace learning (WPL) students, InPlace is your one-stop-shop for all things WPL. You'll need to navigate to the My Details page in InPlace, then scroll down to the "COVID Vaccination Dose 1 and 2" fields. You can then add the date of your vaccination and add supporting evidence of your vaccination.

    If you’re unable to book your vaccine before your scheduled placement, please contact your Workplace Learning team.

    The following resources are available to further inform your decision to receive the vaccination.

  • What is Charles Sturt doing about Workplace Learning placements in response to COVID-19?

    Depending on the type of placement students undertake, such as in a hospital setting, we have confirmed with these placement providers that students  will not be placed at the frontline in the management of COVID-19. For placements in hospital settings, we have also increased our staffing resources to prepare students for these types of placements.

    For placements at schools, libraries and early child care centres, we are following the advice of accrediting bodies to ensure that the best interests of our student are catered for on placement.

    For some health and allied-health areas, such as psychology, placements will be conducted through the Australian Government’s Telehealth Services which has been expanded in response to COVID-19.

    We are also continually updating the COVID-19 student updates page with Australian Federal and State health department advice about the virus.

  • How will we decrease the risk of students coming into contact with COVID-19?

    We have confirmed with all health and medical placement providers that students will not be placed at the frontline in the management of COVID-19. We have also increased our resources to prepare students for placement.

    We are also continually updating the COVID-19 students updates page with Australian Federal and State health department advice about the virus.

  • What happens if I don’t feel comfortable going on placement?

    You can postpone or defer your placement experience because of COVID-19.

    You will need to apply for special consideration and undertake the placement at a later time. You'll receive a GP (Grade Pending) grade so you can complete your placement after session ends.

    If you would like more advice, contact your Faculty Workplace Learning team to discuss your situation and how to apply for special consideration.

  • Will my placement definitely go ahead?

    No, your placement may be cancelled if Government advice changes or conditions at placement sites change. We will also follow industry decisions, such as in the case of school, health service, government, and business closures.

    Your Faculty Workplace Learning team will work with you to reschedule the placement.

    It is possible given the uncertainty with the length of time we will need to respond to COVID-19 that finding you another placement will take time to organise and confirm. Our priority will be finding placements for final year students.

    You will not fail the subject if you are not able to complete your placement in the current session due to COVID-19. You will receive a TA (To Be Assessed) grade so you can complete your placement after session ends.

  • If my placement is cancelled, what will happen?

    Your Faculty Workplace Learning team will work with you to reschedule the placement, or if possible, find you an alternative placement.

    It is possible given the uncertainty with the length of time we will need to respond to COVID-19 that finding you another placement will take time to organise and confirm. Our priority will be finding placements for final year students.

    You will not fail the subject if you are not able to complete your placement in the current session due to COVID-19. You will receive a TA (To Be Assessed) grade so you can complete your placement after session ends.

  • I am currently on placement should I continue?

    Yes, you should continue on your current placement unless you are advised by either the placement organisation or the University that your placement has been cancelled.

    If you feel uncomfortable continuing your placement due to COVID-19 you should discuss your concerns with your Faculty Workplace Learning team. You will need to apply for a special consideration and undertake the placement at a later time. You'll receive a GP (Grade Pending) grade so you can complete your placement after session ends.

  • What should I do if I feel unwell or have come into contact with COVID-19?

    If you feel unwell or have come into contact with COVID-19, you should not attend your workplace learning placement. Please advise the Faculty Workplace Learning team immediately as well as your placement site supervisor.

    If you feel unwell or are needing to isolate yourself for 14 days, you should not attend your workplace learning placement. Please advise your Faculty Workplace Learning team immediately as well as your placement site supervisor.

    Contact your Faculty Workplace Learning team for further advice if you have:

    • Been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the COVID-19
    • Recently travelled from another country and have developed COVID-19 symptoms
    • Recently travelled from another country and have not developed COVID-19 symptoms
    • Are needing to isolate yourself for 14 days.

    If your workplace learning has been disrupted because you are unwell or have been in contact with COVID-19, your Faculty Workplace Learning team can help you to arrange to finish your workplace learning requirements and provide support.

  • What if my supervisor cancels my placement?

    You need to notify your Faculty Workplace Learning team  who will discuss your options with you.

    Your Faculty Workplace Learning team will work with you to reschedule the placement, or if possible, find you an alternative placement.

    Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 duration, it is possible that finding you another placement will take time to organise and confirm. Our priority will be finding placements for final year students.

    You will not fail the subject if you are not able to complete your placement in the current session due to COVID-19. You will receive a TA (To Be Assessed) grade so you can complete your placement after session ends.

  • Will I get my subject fees reimbursed if I can’t complete my placement?

    Not automatically. You can choose to either stay enrolled in the subject and to receive a TA (To Be Assessed) grade so you can complete your placement after session ends. Or you can apply for special consideration to withdraw from the subject so you can then apply for a remission or refund of your subject fees. Certain COVID-19 criteria for special consideration applies.

    If you decide to withdraw from your placement subject, you may, with Faculty approval,  also add another subject late. In this circumstance when you can’t complete your placement, you will not have to pay a late enrolment fee. This will allow you to keep your student load at the same level if you can’t complete your placement.

    To add a subject late, complete the Late Application to Add a Subject form.

Courses with workplace learning

The following Faculties and Schools have a workplace learning component. There are steps you need to take before taking part in workplace learning, like ensuring your immunisations are up-to-date.

Your Faculty or School workplace learning team will let you know about the requirements that apply to your placement.

Faculty of Arts and Education

There are workplace learning components for subjects that fall within the following schools and courses. Please refer to the school site to find more information about workplace learning / professional experience in these courses.

  • School of Education
    • Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 Years)
    • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
    • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) – Industry Entry
    • Bachelor of Education (K-12)
    • Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)
    • Bachelor of Education (Outdoor Education)
    • Bachelor of Education (Technology and Applied Sciences)
    • Bachelor of Educational Studies
    • Bachelor / Master of Teaching (Primary)
    • Bachelor / Master  Teaching (Secondary)
    • Graduate Diploma of Mathematics

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  • School of Indigenous Australian Studies
    • Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage

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  • School of Information and Communication Studies
    • Bachelor of Information Studies (with specialisations)
    • Bachelor of Communication (with specialisations)
    • Master of Information Studies (with specialisations)
    • Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)
    • Graduate Certificate in Audiovisual Archiving
    • Graduate Certificate in Data Management
    • Master of Communication
    • Graduate Certificate in Information Studies
    • Doctor of Philosophy

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  • School of Social Work and Arts
    • Bachelor of Arts (with specialisations)
    • Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations)
    • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts)
    • Bachelor of Social Work
    • Graduate Certificate in Case Management and Coordinated Care
    • Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Health
    • Graduate Certificate in Human Services
    • Master of Advanced Social Work Practice
    • Master of Ethics and Legal Studies
    • Master of Ageing and Health
    • Master of Leadership in Human Services (with specialisations)
    • Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
    • Doctor of Social Work

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  • School of Theology
    • Bachelor of Theology
    • Bachelor of Theology (Honours)
    • Graduate Certificate in Theology
    • Graduate Diploma of Theology
    • Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies
    • Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies
    • Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling
    • Master of Pastoral Counselling (with specialisation)
    • Master of Ministry
    • Master of Theology
    • Doctor of Ministry
    • Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

  • School of Business
    • Bachelor of Accounting
    • Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management
    • Bachelor of Applied Research (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Business (with specialisations)
    • Bachelor of Business Studies
    • Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Applied Digital Marketing
    • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Computing)
    • Graduate Certificate in Commerce
    • Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership and Resilience
    • Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution
    • Graduate Certificate in Finance
    • Graduate Certificate in Health Management and Leadership
    • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Cultural Competency
    • Graduate Certificate in Industrial Relations
    • Graduate Certificate in Marketing
    • Graduate Certificate in Organisational Change
    • Graduate Certificate in Organisational Coaching and Leadership
    • Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
    • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Social and Organisational Leadership
    • Graduate Diploma of Accounting
    • Graduate Diploma of Commerce
    • Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution
    • Graduate Diploma of Finance
    • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
    • Graduate Diploma of Organisational Coaching and Leadership
    • Graduate Diploma of Project Management
    • Master of Agricultural Business Management
    • Master of Applied Digital Marketing
    • Master of Applied Finance
    • Master of Business Administration (Computing)
    • Master of Business Administration (Law Enforcement and Security)
    • Master of Business Administration (with specialisations) (12 subjects)
    • Master of Business Administration (with specialisations) (16 subjects)
    • Master of Business Leadership
    • Master of Commerce (with specialisations) (12 subjects)
    • Master of Commerce (with specialisations) (16 subjects)
    • Master of Dispute Resolution
    • Master of Health Management and Leadership
    • Master of Human Resource Management (with specialisations)
    • Master of Management (Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
    • Master of Marketing
    • Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects)
    • Master of Professional Accounting (16 subjects)
    • Master of Project Management
    • Master of Project Management and Leadership
    • Master of Social and Organisational Leadership (with specialisations)
    • Doctor of Business Administration
    • Doctor of Philosophy

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  • School of Computing, Mathematics and Engineering
    • Bachelor of Technology (Civil Systems)
    • Bachelor of Applied Research (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Computer Science (with specialisation)
    • Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations)
    • Diploma of Information Technology
    • Master of Engineering (Civil Systems)
    • Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science
    • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Computing)
    • Graduate Certificate in Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
    • Graduate Certificate in Computing (Career Transition)
    • Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
    • Graduate Certificate in Cyber Studies and Investigations
    • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology
    • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
    • Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration
    • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
    • Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
    • Graduate Diploma of Mathematics
    • Graduate Diploma of Project Management
    • Master of Business Administration (Computing)
    • Master of Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
    • Master of Cyber Security
    • Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations
    • Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (12 subjects)
    • Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (16 subjects)
    • Master of Networking and Systems Administration
    • Master of Project Management
    • Doctor of Information Technology
    • Doctor of Philosophy

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  • School of Policing Studies
    • Associate Degree in Policing Practice
    • University Certificate in Workforce Essentials

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  • Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
    • Bachelor of Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Applied Research (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Emergency Management
    • Bachelor of Laws
    • Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Policing
    • Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
    • Bachelor of Policing and Public Safety
    • Graduate Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Terrorist Financing
    • Graduate Certificate in Corruption and Integrity Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Cyber Studies and Investigations
    • Graduate Certificate in Fire Investigation
    • Graduate Certificate in Fraud and Financial Crime
    • Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis
    • Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)
    • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Security Studies
    • Graduate Diploma of Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Terrorist Financing
    • Graduate Diploma of Fraud and Financial Crime
    • Graduate Diploma of Intelligence Analysis
    • Graduate Diploma of Investigations
    • Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)
    • Graduate Diploma Terrorism and Security Studies
    • Master of Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Terrorist Financing
    • Master of Business Administration (Law Enforcement & Security)
    • Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations
    • Master of Emergency Management
    • Master of Fraud and Financial Crime
    • Master of Intelligence Analysis
    • Master of Investigations
    • Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)
    • Master of Terrorism and Security Studies
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Doctor of Public Safety (DPS)

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  • School of Psychology
    • Master of Clinical Psychology
    • Master of Professional Psychology

    For further information: Psychology Placements or email psychology-wpl@csu.edu.au.

Faculty of Science and Health

There are workplace learning components for subjects that fall within the following schools and courses. Please refer to the Faculty of Science and Health WPL Interact 2 site to find more information about workplace learning in these courses.

  • School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences
    • Associate Degree in Foot Health
    • Associate Degree in Health Science
    • Associate Degree in Health Science
    • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
    • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management)
    • Bachelor of Exercise Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science
    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
    • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Sport Studies/Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
    • Bachelor of Sports Media
    • Diploma of Exercise Studies
    • Diploma of Foot Health
    • Diploma of Health and Rehabilitation Science
    • Diploma of Health Science
    • Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition
    • Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Master of Speech Pathology

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  • School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences
    • Bachelor of Dental Science
    • Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition
    • Bachelor of Health and Medical Science
    • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Pathology)
    • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
    • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
    • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)
    • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)
    • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
    • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
    • Bachelor of Medical Science
    • Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy
    • BMedRadSc(NucMed&MoleImag)
    • Graduate Certificate in Medical Science
    • Graduate Certificate in Medical Science (Pathology)
    • Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology
    • Graduate Diploma of Health Management and Leadership
    • Graduate Diploma of Mammography
    • Graduate Diploma of Medical Science
    • Graduate Diploma of Medical Science (Pathology)
    • Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasound
    • Master of Medical Radiation Science
    • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Computed Tomography)
    • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
    • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Molecular Imaging)
    • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)
    • Master of Medical Radiation Science (Radiographic Image Interpretation)
    • Master of Medical Science
    • Master of Medical Science (Pathology)
    • Master of Medical Ultrasound
    • Master of Philosophy
    • Doctor of Philosophy

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  • School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences
    • Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health)
    • Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health)
    • Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)
    • Bachelor of Nursing
    • Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
    • Bachelor of Paramedicine
    • Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours)
    • Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health)
    • Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health)
    • Graduate Certificate in Health Management and Leadership
    • Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Chronic and Complex Care Nursing)
    • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Clinical Education)
    • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Emergency Nursing)
    • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Leadership and Management)
    • Graduate Certificate in Paramedicine (Critical Care)
    • Graduate Certificate in Paramedicine (Extended Care)
    • Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
    • Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedicine)
    • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
    • Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Chronic and Complex Nursing)
    • Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Clinical Education)
    • Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Emergency Nursing)
    • Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine (Critical Care)
    • Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine (Extended Care)
    • Master of Health Management and Leadership
    • Master of Midwifery
    • Master of Nursing
    • Master of Nursing (Chronic & Complex Nursing)
    • Master of Nursing (Clinical Education)
    • Master of Nursing (Emergency Nursing)
    • Master of Nursing (Leadership and Management)
    • Master of Paramedicine (with specialisations)
    • Master of Paramedicine (Extended Care)
    • Doctor of Health Science
    • Doctor of Philosophy

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  • School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
    • Associate Degree in Environmental Science
    • Associate Degree in Farm Production
    • Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management
    • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
    • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Animal Science
    • Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)
    • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Aquatic Ecosystems)
    • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (with   specialisations)
    • Bachelor of Equine Science (with specialisation)
    • Bachelor of Equine Science (Business Management)
    • Bachelor of General Studies (Science)
    • Bachelor of Geospatial Science
    • Bachelor of Horticulture
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology
    • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
    • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science   (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
    • Bachelor of Viticulture
    • Bachelor of Wine Business
    • Bachelor of Wine Science
    • Diploma of Environmental Studies
    • Diploma of General Studies (Science)
    • Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (Conservation)
    • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (Natural Resources)
    • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (Water Resources)
    • Graduate Certificate in Fish Conservation and Management
    • Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing
    • Graduate Certificate in Ornithology
    • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture
    • Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management (Conservation)
    • Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management (Natural Resources)
    • Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management (Water Resources)
    • Graduate Diploma of GIS and Remote Sensing
    • Graduate Diploma of Ornithology
    • Graduate Diploma of Viticulture and Oenology
    • Master of Agricultural Business Management
    • Master of Animal Science
    • Master of Environmental Management
    • Master of Environmental Management (Conservation)
    • Master of Environmental Management (Natural Resources)
    • Master of Environmental Management (Water Resources)
    • Master of GIS and Remote Sensing
    • Master of Natural Resource Management
    • Master of Sustainable Agriculture
    • Master of Viticulture and Oenology
    • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Master of Philosophy
    • Master of Veterinary Studies
    • Doctor of Veterinary Studies

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  • School of Rural Medicine
    • Doctor of Medicine

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