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.


Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Experto Universitario en EDUCACIÓN DIABETOLÓGICA PARA PROFESIONALES SANITARIOS.

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 of the Diabetes Education for Healthcare Professionals program is 100 hours (10 credits)1.

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being a distance program and not subject to face-to-face classes, no specific start date is established, by which the student can formalize their registration at any time as long as there is available space.
  • The maximum available duration for the program is 3 months. During this time, the student must have submitted all the evaluations corresponding to the subject.

The credit structure for the Diabetes Education for Healthcare Professionals program is the following:

Diabetes Education for Healthcare Professionals 5 1,5 50
Food and Nutrition Education 5 1,5 50
TOTAL 5 3 100

a. The equivalence in credits can vary according to the university that you graduate from. 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit is equivalent to 10 + 15 hours. If the student is enrolled in the program at a university outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the relationship between credits and hours may vary.
b. Duration in months


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.


Academic Administration

  • Dr. Maurizio Antonio Battino. Researcher in Biochemistry and professor in the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione. Professor at the Università Politecnica delle Marche. Scientific Director of the European University of the Atlantic.

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr. Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator.
  • Dr. (c) Anna Marín. Coordinator in the Nutrition Area.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Claudia Nelly Orozco. Doctor of Public Health Sciences from the University of Guadalajara. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Laura Patricia Arellano Gómez. Doctor of Public Health Sciences from the University Center of Health Sciences at the University of Guadalajara. Academic Coordinator of the Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO, Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education)
  • Dr. Mercedes Briones. Doctor in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in the international program between the University of Granada and the Institute of Chemical, Biological, Biomedical, and Biophysical Research of the Mariano Galvez University of Guatemala. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Priscilla Almeida. Doctor in Biomedicine, University of Zaragoza. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University
  • M. Serafín Murillo. Master in Diabetes Education and Graduate in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Barcelona. Clinical nutritionist at the Fundació RCF and researcher at the Diabetes and Exercise Unit of the Clínic Hospital in Barcelona.
  • M. Eduard Reinoso. Degree in Food Science and Technology, and in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Dietician-nutritionist of the Diabetes Unit in the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Meritxell of the Principality of Andorra.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.