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Prevention and Screening in Diabetes Care - Module

  • Course Code: LBR7588
  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: March 2020
  • Study mode: Distance Learning (200 hours)
  • Location: Online Learning

Our prevention and screening in diabetes care module offers a comprehensive educational opportunity to critically investigate and evaluate current and prospective national and international methods of preventing type 2 diabetes through effective evidence based prevention opportunities. Also, investigation of current and emerging effective methods and evidence concerning complication prevention in people diagnosed with diabetes, through rigorous evidence based resources and opportunities to support people to live well with diabetes. 

What's covered in the course?

Excess weight is the greatest factor influencing the diagnosis and progression of Type 2 diabetes, with over 80% of people with the condition nationally and internationally, considered to be either overweight or obese.  Differing presentations of type 2 diabetes, including lean type 2, which occurs more commonly in people from South Asian backgrounds can also be potentially prevented. People already diagnosed with diabetes who are overweight or obese have a twofold increase in stroke risk (within the first five years of diagnosis) and have an ongoing risk of Cardiovascular Disease at twice that of those without diabetes, and this remains the leading cause of premature deaths in people with Type 2 diabetes globally.

There is significant variation in diabetes outcomes across the UK and internationally. Investing in diabetes management has been shown to reduce the risk of complications, however evidence exists that a significant number of people do not have access to either effective care processes or opportunities to help them to avoid preventable complications of their diabetes.


This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 200 hours
  • £680 per 20-credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 200 hours
  • £680 per 20-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone who has a current professional registration from the country of your practice.

If you are an international student then you must obtain an IETS Score of 6.0 in all fields.

Course Structure

This module is delivered as a standalone, or as part of the MSc in Advancing Diabetes Care pathway. This module aligns with the post-graduate philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. An online learning approach is taken. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences within an online discussion forum with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Indicative Content

  • Pathological and psychological processes
  • Evidence of type 2 diabetes prevention
  • Diabetes remission
  • Engagement and care strategies
  • Emerging evidence about prevention of type 1 diabetes
  • Gene and stem cell therapies
  • Evidence and contemporary approaches to improve the quality of life
  • Adjustment to living with diabetes
  • Screening and evidence to prevent macro and microvascular complications
  • Service planning to meet communities needs
  • Cultural competence


Career pathways on completion of this programme include higher level specialist practice, career progression in diabetes care, research development, publication opportunities and management of developing service opportunities.

This course is delivered through the an online learning resource, with online study materials to guide you through the appropriate topics, as well as providing links to other resources. You will also need textbooks, and a full reading list is provided with each module syllabus.

Although it is taught by distance learning, you will still have regular contact with your module tutor by email or telephone. We also offer optional periodic seminar talks where you can meet the course team, along with your fellow students.

Anne Phillips staff profile

Anne Phillips

Associate Professor in Diabetes Care

Anne Phillips is a Queens Nurse and a National Teaching Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. After a career in specialist and community diabetes nursing in London and Yorkshire, Anne previously worked with colleagues at the University of York and established a countrywide and international collaborative curriculum for Health Professionals in Diabetes Care. She also worked with Diabetes UK with clinical colleagues to provide an annual diabetes conference for primary care in the Northern & Yorkshire area.

Anne has a Honorary Contract as a Diabetes Research Nurse with the Diabetes Team at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Birmingham.

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Anne Phillips on:

Further Study

You can take this module as part of the MSc in Advancing Diabetes Care. 

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