Create a stimulating environment for research, teaching and education about diabetes, and an enthusiastic and supportive community of medical healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes health care, linked via a learning environment. The mission of the Diabetes program is to produce competent diabetes educators with a level of expertise to positively impact the health of people with diabetes while progressing in their career and professional lives. Program Objectives
- Analyze the classification, presentation, and diagnosis of diabetes, pre-diabetes and disorders of glucose metabolism and to evaluate the implications of these diagnoses.
- Appraise past, current and emerging therapies in Diabetes.
- Provide efficiently and personalized health education to people with diabetes.
- Evaluate design, development and implementation of local clinical practice guidelines for diabetes and alignment with the health system resources and health teams.
- Critically appraise research evidence in the diagnosis, management, and prognosis of Diabetes to inform and support the ways in which you engage in clinical and lifestyle management for people with diabetes
In accordance with the University requirements for graduate degrees (Appendix 14
), a candidate to be admitted into the Master's program in Diabetes must fulfill the following minimum requirements:
Module 1. Science of Diabetes
- To hold a Bachelor's degree from a UAE-recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3 out of 4 or its equivalence. Students with a GPA of 2.5 to 2.99 may be admitted conditionally provided that they register for 6-9 credits hours in the first semester of their study and obtain a "B" average. Otherwise, a student will be expelled from the program.
- The undergraduate degree must have been achieved by attending no less than 75% of the required period. Students with degrees obtained by distance learning will not be considered.
- To achieve the required English Proficiency score. A minimum of 550 in TOEFL or 6 in IELTS (or its equivalence) is required. A student may be admitted conditionally if he/she obtained 530 points or better on the TOEFL provided that the student must enroll in an English language course and receive a TOEFL score of 550 at the end of his first semester of study. The student will be expelled from the program if these two conditions are not met.
- The undergraduate degree should be in a subject that would qualify the student for the graduate major he/she wants to pursue. Students with different majors in their undergraduate degrees may be admitted upon the recommendation of the department after studying the prerequisite courses assigned by the department.
- The student must submit a letter of approval by his/her employer if he/she is employed.
- Candidates should be health professionals or allied health professionals
This module is designed to introduce students to the basics of diabetes as a science. Students will learn about the physiology and pathophysiology of insulin secretion and to use that knowledge to understand the clinical presentation of diabetes. Learning in the module will be linked to the recent advances in research related to this science and the possibility to apply the research methodology at the local context.Module 2. Principles of Diabetes
The main focus of the present module is the general principles of diabetes. Students will learn about the etiology of diabetes and different types of diabetes. The latter will be studied with a focus on the pathophysiology that underlines each type of diabetes. Students will also learn about the most recent updates in principles of diabetes.Module 3. Management of Diabetes
This module is focused on the national and international guidelines of diabetes care and management. Students will learn about different management strategies for diabetes including pharmacological therapeutic, Bariatric surgery and Beta cell transplantation. Students will also explore the new advances and updates in management of diabetes.Module 4. Psychosocial aspects of Diabetes
This module highlights the importance of psychosocial aspects in development of diabetes. Students will learn about the influence of psychosocial factors, economic growth and stressful events on glycemic control. Students will also explore and evaluate the relationship between anxiety, stress and depression, and progression of diabetes.Module 5. Complications of diabetes mellitus
This module is focused on the complications of diabetes including the short-term and the long- term complications. Students will be introduced to different aspects of complications that are associated with diabetes. Students will learn about the risk factors that are associated with certain diabetes complications and the management strategies that prevent and delay these complications.Module 6. Sub-specialty (Diabetes and Pregnancy)
This module is focused on one of the most important aspects of diabetes. Having the latter during pregnancy is one of the most challenging health issues which influence the mother as well as the child. Students will learn about the risk factors, management and complications of diabetes in pregnancy. Students will explore the short and long-term outcomes of diabetes in pregnancy. Module 6. Sub-specialty (Diabetes and Lifestyle)
This module is focused on the study of the lifestyle changes that may contribute to development of diabetes. Students will be able to evaluate the pre-existing evidence of the relationship between lifestyle factors and diabetes. In addition, the students will have an opportunity to describe various lifestyle interventions to prevent, treat and control diabetes. Module 6. Sub-specialty (Diabetic Foot)
This module is focused on one of the most important complications of diabetes, peripheral neuropathy. Students will learn about short-term and long-term complications of diabetes neuropathy. Students will explore the management guidelines of diabetic foot.Module 6. Sub-specialty (Diabetes and Ophthalmology)
This module is focused on the adverse effects of hyperglycemia on the eye and the vision. Students will learn about the pathophysiology and causes of diabetes retinopathy and clinical presentation of this condition. Students will also identify the guidelines and models of screening and management of diabetic retinopathy.Module 6. Sub-specialty (Diabetes in Children)
This module is focused on a whole spectrum of the factors and elements that are involved in pediatric diabetes. Students will learn about the genetic predisposition of diabetes and obesity. The students also will learn how to diagnose, treat and follow-up children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes.Module 6. Sub-specialty (Diabetes and Surgery)
This module is focused on the postoperative and perioperative aspects of glucose management. Students will learn the principles of care for patients with diabetes before and after any surgery. Students will also learn how to appreciate the significance of having multidisciplinary team to monitor the required therapeutic adjustments prior to and after surgery in patients with diabetes.Module 7. Research Project
This module is designed to enable learners to acquire the knowledge of principles of research methods including quantitative and qualitative methods and the required skills to conduct a research project that lead to evidence-based practice in the field of diabetes.
Module 8. Clinical Practice
This module includes a comprehensive clinical training program in diabetes. Students will gain adequate clinical knowledge in the field of diabetes and will experience all aspects of multidisciplinary clinical settings in diabetes.