Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals

Program Presentation

Diabetes mellitus is a common chronic disease defined by Masso (2009) as "a group of metabolic diseases or syndromes characterized by the appearance of secondary hyperglycemia to defects in insulin secretion, the insulin’s action or both”. The WHO reports that the disease affects over 347 million people worldwide.

Diabetes mellitus develops for various reasons the most common being poor eating habits, weight gain, sedentary lifestyle and hereditary factors, among others. Hence, the importance of the treatment of this disease is to raise the patient’s awareness about the importance of making changes in one’s lifestyle including proper eating habits and physical activity, which decreases the risk of complications posed by this disease.

The WHO predicts that by the year 2030 diabetes mellitus will be the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. Health professionals should be at the forefront of advances in the treatment of this disease, to ensure that those affected, have a proper quality of life with optimal management of their disease. It is important to reinforce the activities that prevent the development of type II diabetes mellitus especially in the low and middle income population groups where its sufferers are between 35-65 years old. This requires a solid training program that can be acquired by completing this program.

Who is the programme for?

The Diabetes Education for Health Professionals Program is designed for the following individuals:

  • Graduates / degree holding health professionals who wish to specialize in Diabetes so as to complete and broaden their academic expertise.
  • Health professionals that want to consolidate their knowledge to use it in their personal and working environment.
  • People with a non-academic background who wish to specialize in the study of Diabetes.
  • Persons having the disease and those who surround them who want to learn how to improve their quality of life.
  • Professionals who work in health related jobs or businesses that wish to specialize in the subject as well as their families or diabetic persons who want to know more about the disease and improve their quality of life.

The Diabetes Education for Health Professionals Program is the ideal complement to enrich any under or post-graduate academic degree for those interested in specializing in the study and understanding of Diabetes.

Diploma

Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated duration for the completion of the Diabetes Education for Health Professionals Program is 80 hours (8 credits)1.

Regarding study time duration, it is established that:

  • Being an Online Program and not being subjected to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that the student can enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • For academic and learning reasons the Program has a minimum duration of at least 1 month.
  • The maximum time limit to complete the subject is 3 months. During this period of time, the student must submit all corresponding subject evaluations.

The credit structure for the Diabetes Education for Health Professionals Program is as follows:

  CREDITSa DURATIONb HOURS
Subject 8 3 80

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that grants the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General Objective

  • To become familiar with the causes that lead to Diabetes, its characteristic symptoms and the consequences of an uncontrolled metabolic rate as well as to identify its principal treatments: physical exercise, diabetic diet, education and medication so as to keep it under control.

Specific Objectives

  • To distinguish the causes that provoke Diabetes, its characteristic symptoms and the consequences of an uncontrolled metabolic rate.
  • To increase knowledge about the prevalence and frequency of Diabetes and to encourage and explain the benefits of an early prognosis.
  • To identify its principal treatments: physical exercise, diabetic diet, education and medication so as to encourage its control.
  • To learn about the benefits of a well regulated metabolic rate so as to avoid or postpone complications derived from the condition.

Career Opportunities

Some Career Opportunities for Diabetes Education for Health Professionals are the following:

  • Doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health-care related professionals as a complement to their training and skills in their daily work.
  • Teachers in regulated and non-regulated educational programs, health and restoration services personnel, consumer information centers, chronic sickness associations, colleges, civic centers, sports centers, etc.
  • Industrial consultants in information search and new products promotion directed at diabetic patients so as to assure the links between marketing, technologies, research, development and health in diabetic related care.
  • Related job positions in dietetic products specialized retailers.
  • Related job positions in the food or pharmaceutical industry with a particular nutritional products line.

Note: Professional practice is subject to each country’s legislations.

Study Plan

Diabetes Education for Health Professionals consists of 1 subject structured according to a coherent pedagogical sequence to be followed by students.

The goal of this subject is to allow the student to acquire an overallview of Diabetes, emphasizing the relevant role of Diet Therapy and the necessary nutritional knowledge relating to this disease.


Nota: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made.

Management

Academic Administration

  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Director of the Health and Nutrition Area of the Ibero-american University Foundation. Biochemical investigator and professor at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.
  • Dr. Javier González Gallego. Professor of Physiology at the University of León.
  • Dr. Fernando Mönckeberg Barros. Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Diego Portales University (Chile). President of the Corporation for Child Nutrition (COCN).
  • Dr. Adolfo Chávez. President of the Latin American Association of Nutrition. Head of the Department of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Education of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (NIMSandN) Salvador Zubirán (Mexico).
  • Dr. Antonio Gálvez del Postigo Ruiz. Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Esther Fuentes Marhuenda. Professor of the Miguel Hernández de Elche University.
  • Prof. Enrico Bertoli. Professor and Director of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.
  • Dr. Luzmila Troncoso Corzo. Dean of the Faculty of Nutrition and Dietetics from the South Scientific University (Peru).

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr.(c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Adolfo Chávez. President of the Latin American Association of Nutrition. Head of the Department of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Education of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (NIMSandN) Salvador Zubirán (Mexico).
  • Dr. Javier Gonzalez Gallego. Professor of Physiology at the University of León. Director of the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of León.
  • Dr. Emilio Martinez of Vitoria. Director of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology at the University of Granada. Professor of Physiology and Professor of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Enrique Roche Collado. Professor in the Area of Nutrition and Food Science from the Miguel Hernández University. Deputy Director of the Institute of Bioengineering from the Miguel Hernández University.
  • Dr. Rafael Tojo Sierra. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Dr. Jordi Salas Salvadó. Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at the Rovira i Virgili University (Reus - Tarragona)
  • Dr. Guillermo Rodriguez Navarrete. Doctor of Pharmacy and Nutrition. Professor at the Ibero-American International University.
  • Dr. Rosa Solà Alberich. Professor of Medicine at the University Rovira i Virgili. Vice-Chancellor for Research and Relations with Health Institutions in the University Rovira i Virgili.
  • Dr. Magdalena Lopez Frías. Professor of Physiology University of Granada. Researcher at the Research Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology "Jose Mataix Verdú ".
  • Dr. Elena Garcia Garcia. Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Granada. A Bachelor's Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Murcia. Professor in the Area of Nutrition and Food Science from the Miguel Hernández University.
  • Dr. Margarita Sanchez Campos. Professor of Physiology and director of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Ascensión Marcos Sanchez. Research Professor of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (HCSR). Director of the Immunonutrition Group from the Department of Metabolism and Nutrition of the Frío Institute of the HCSR.
  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Director of the Area of Health and Nutrition at the Ibero-American University Foundation. Researcher and Professor of Biochemistry at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.
  • Dr. Jose Mataix Verdu (EPD). Professor of Physiology at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Alfredo Entrala Bueno. Faculty Dean of Health Sciences. Director of the Department of Pathophysiology of Alfonso X El Sabio University.
  • Dr. Alfredo Martínez Hernández. Director of the Institute of Food Science at the University of Navarra.
  • Dr. Antonio M. Gálvez de Postigo Ruiz. Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Antonio Marco Chóver. Vice-president of the European Council for Medical Plurality (ECMP). Member of the Head Team of the International Society of Proteomic Studies (Brussels).
  • Dr. Iciar Astiasaran Anchia. Director of the Institute of Food Science and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Navarra.
  • Dr. Carlos Iglesias Rosado. Head of the Department of Nutrition at the Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio.
  • Dr. Virginia Motilva. Researcher and Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Elena Talero Barrientos. Researcher and Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Antonio Ayala Gómez. Lecturer and Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Mercedes Cano Garcia. Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. M. Carmen Garcia Grill. Lecturer and Professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. María Ángeles Fernández Arche. Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Jose Miguel Alvarez Suarez. Doctor in Food and Health. Professor of Toxicology, Pharmacology and Food Science of the Department of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Dr. Fermín Sanchez Medina Contreras. Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Fernando Gil González. Professor of Toxicology. Professor of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Francisco J. Perez Cano. Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona. Lecturer at the University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Gonzalo Morandé Lavin. Head of the Psychiatry and Psychology Service Unit at the Children's University Hospital Niño Jesús.
  • Dr. Jose Jesus Ruiz Joyanes. Medical Doctor and Surgeon. Master's degree in Biological Medicine, Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Medicine.
  • Dr. Jose Maldonado Lozano. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Llopis Juan Gonzalez. Professor of Physiology. Researcher at the Research Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology "Jose Mataix Verdú".
  • Dr. Juan Manuel Morillo. Doctor of Dentistry by the Complutense University of Madrid. Professor at the Department of Basic Sciences at the School of Nursing and Physical Therapy San Juan de Dios of the Pontificia Comillas University of Madrid.
  • Dr. Luis Garcia Torres. Professor of Physiology at the University of Granada. Professor of the University Institute of Neurosciences Research "Federico Oloriz".
  • Dr. Manuel Ramirez Sánchez. Professor of Physiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Marcos Mazzuka Petitta. Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the La Sapienza University. Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Medicine at the University of the East.
  • Dr. Nabil Benomar Elbakali. Professor of Microbiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Narcis Gusi. Doctor in Physiological Adaptations for Exercise by the University of Barcelona. Professor of Didactics of Plastic Musical Expression and Body from the University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. Pedro Bullón. President of the Conference of Dean Faculties of Dentistry in Spain. Professor of the Dentistry Faculty. University of Seville.
  • Dr. Santiago de la Rosa Iglesias. Chairman of the Committee on Herbal Medicine of the illustrious College of Physicians of Madrid (ICOMEM).
  • Dr. Assumpció Roset Elias. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Coordinator of the Health Education Program for the School of Education Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Dr. Elena Ortega Morente. Professor of Microbiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Esther Fuentes Marhuenda. A tenured faculty member in the area of Nutrition and Food Science of the University Miguel Hernández.
  • Dr. Hikmate Abriouel Hayani. Doctorate in Sciences. Contracted Research Staff (Ramón y Cajal program) at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Isabel Prieto Gómez. Professor of Physiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Magdalena Martínez Cañamero. Professor of Microbiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Margarida Castell Escuer. Professor of Physiology, University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Margarita Sanchez Campos. Professor of Physiology. Deputy Director of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Mercedes Barrionuevo Diaz. Professor of Physiology. Professor of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Miriam Muñoz de Chávez (EPD). Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Education Department of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (NIMSandN) Salvador Zubiran.
  • Dr. Pilar Sanchez Collado. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Rosario Lucas López. Professor of Microbiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Rosaura Leis Trabazo. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Dr. Rosella Mazzuka de Marta. Teaching of the Universidad Santa María (Venezuela). Member of the CMAA, SITEC of Italy, SOVENIA and DAW of Venezuela, LINCA of Mexico and AVA of Barcelona.
  • Esther de la Paz. Secretary of the Commission of Consultant Herbalists of ICOMEM.
  • Dr. Jesus Antonio Meléndez Martinez. Researcher and Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, toxicology and Forensic Medicine at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Belén Gordillo Arrobas. Researcher and Professor of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Toxicology and Forensic Medicine at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. María Jesús Cejudo Bastante. Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Toxicology and Forensic Medicine at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Luisa Escudero Gilete. Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Toxicology and Forensic Medicine at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. (c) Jose Alberto Frade-Martins Parraça. Doctoral Candidate associated with the Department of Physiology at the University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. (c) Marilyn Montejo Berrios. Doctoral Candidate in Education. Professor at the South Scientific University. Collaborator of the Technical of the Dietary Course in the South Scientific University.
  • Dr. (c) Irma Dominguez Azpiroz. Doctoral Candidate in Education. International Master in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of León. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management by UNINI. Certified in Nutrition and Dietetics by the Univ. of Navarre.
  • Dr. (c) Sandra Sumalla Cano. Doctoral Candidate in Projects. International Master in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics from the University Rovira i Virgili. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management by UNINI. A Bachelor's Degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Barcelona. Certified in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Barcelona-CESNID.
  • Dr. (c) Anna Marin Bachs. Doctoral Candidate in Education. International Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of León. Certified in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Barcelona-CESNID.
  • Dr. (c) Iñaki Elio Pascual. Doctorate Candidate in Projects. Master's degree in Nutrition and Metabolism. University of Barcelona. Dietitian-Nutritionist from the Dietetics and Nutrition Clinic Unit of the Bellvitge University Hospital.
  • Dr. (c) Sandra Jarrin Motte. Doctoral Candidate in education by UNINI. Master in Biologico-Naturistas studies by the University of León. Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the South Scientific University.
  • Dr. (c) Lili Zavala Ciudad. Doctoral Candidate. Master in Technology and Food Control. Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the South Scientific University.
  • Dr. (c) Joan Trabal. Master's degree in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Barcelona. Dietitian-Nutritionist from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.
  • Dr. (c) Ricardo Jorge Guedes de Almeida. Doctoral student in education. Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

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