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Online course

The Diabetes Epidemic: a Patient-Centred Approach

Understand why type 2 diabetes is becoming so prevalent, and what we can do to prevent and treat it, with this free online course

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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The Diabetes Epidemic: a Patient-Centred Approach

Why join the course?

The number of people with diabetes type-2 is rising rapidly and the global health economic impact is massive. Rising rates of type 2 diabetes may relate to increasing obesity, an aging population, changes to diet and adoption of more sedentary behaviours. There is a need to increase awareness about diabetes prevention, potential complications and treatment amongst the general public and health care providers.

This course aims to provide accessible material that emphasises the human element and self-care aspects of living with this chronic condition. It will facilitate learning through interactive media and peer discussion to enhancing knowledge around how diabetes develops, potential treatments, associated disease complications, global challenges, quality care and self-management practices.

This course is brought to you by a unique partnership between:

  • The University of Dundee, a world leader in medical education, diabetes research, quality diabetes patient care and health informatics.

  • NHS Scotland MyDiabetesMyWay, the award winning NHS Scotland online self-management portal for patients and carers

With contributions from:

  • Diabetes Scotland, the national diabetes charity, working as an advocate for patients and health care providers.

What topics will you cover?

Reflecting on the growing global epidemic of diabetes, potential causes and priorities for health improvement to:

  • Gain an understanding of the personal impact of a diagnosis of diabetes
  • Gain understanding about the different types of diabetes and the basic pathophysiology of what causes them, with a focus on type 2 diabetes
  • Evaluate the broad options for treatment in different types of diabetes
  • Recognise the common complications associated with diabetes and the rationale behind screening for early detection of complications
  • Explore the concept of modern long term condition management, patient self care and personalised treatment in contrast to traditional medical management approaches.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Reflect on the growing global epidemic of diabetes, potential causes and priorities for health improvement
  • Explore the personal impact of a diagnosis of diabetes
  • Classify the different types of diabetes and the basic pathophysiology of what causes them, with a focus on type 2 diabetes.
  • Evaluate the broad options for treatment in different types of diabetes
  • Identify the common complications associated with diabetes and the rationale behind screening for early detection of complications
  • Explore the concept of modern long term condition management, patient self care and personalised treatment in contrast to traditional medical management approaches

Who is the course for?

Undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare workers and the general public.

Who will you learn with?

Debbie Wake

Dr Wake is a Diabetologist/ Endocrinologist and Senior Lecturer at University of Dundee with interests in technology use in health care and patient and health care professional education.

Iqbal Malik

Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician at the University Of Dundee. Involved in Medical Education and teaching on the MSc in Quality Diabetes Care.

Usman Arshad

Work for for the University of Dundee, Medical School - lead the enhancement of courses as a Learning Design Producer.

Who developed the course?

The University of Dundee is one of the world’s Top 200 universities and was named Scottish University of the Year for both 2016 and 2017. Dundee offers one of the UK’s best student experiences.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.