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PRINCIPLES OF CARE AND EDUCATION FOR DIABETES SUFFERERS

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Introduction

The epidemic characteristics of diabetes, with secondary morbidity that has a considerable impact on health and economy, have created the need for a larger body of professionals specifically trained in the treatment of this disease.
The master's degree in Principles of Care and Education for Diabetes Sufferers provides expert, interdisciplinary training in diabetes. Graduates will be prepared to take on leading roles in the field of this chronic disease, which can occur at any age and requires highly complex treatment and control at all levels of care. The introduction of this master's degree is endorsed by the Sociedad Española de Diabetes (SED), the Associació Catalana de Diabetis (ACD), the Federación de Diabéticos Españoles (FEDE), the Associació de Diabètics de Catalunya (ADC) and the Diabetes Education Study Group (DESG). It responds to the need for expert professionals who can work as leaders or case managers in specialized adult or pediatric diabetic units, in social and health care centres or in primary health care.

This master's degree is aimed at holders of bachelor's degrees and equivalent undergraduate qualifications who work, or are interested in working, in the care and education of diabetic patients. A university degree, preferably in an area of health sciences, is required to enrol.

Since this master's degree follows a blended-learning modality, classes, assignments and exams are mainly developed online. Face-to-face activities are distributed as follows:
- Two periods of four days, once per semester, which take place at the UB Faculty of Medicine.
- A two-week placement period, between April and June, which can be validated if professional experience is accredited in a diabetes unit.
- The presentation of the Master's Final Project, during the last week of June.

Learning objectives

The aim of this master's degree is to provide advanced interdisciplinary training in diabetes that will allow graduates to take up leading professional roles in addressing this chronic disease, which affects people of all ages and requires highly complex treatment and monitoring at all levels of care.

The general learning objectives are:
- to acquire the skills to provide quality care for diabetes mellitus patients and to develop recognized expertise in the field;
- to acquire the skills to design, implement and assess therapeutic education programmes for diabetes sufferers and their families;
- to acquire the skills to design and implement research projects in the field of diabetes.

The master's degree aims to meet demand for professionals who can work as lead consultants or case managers in specialized diabetes units in social healthcare or primary care centres.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Spanish
Number of places available:
 30
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2017-2018
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Master's degree course homepage:
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