​The Health Education: Diabetes advanced diploma is as a part time program for working professionals who would like to specialize in the area of diabetes education and care. The program is completed part-time over the course of one academic year. Each week there will be 6-12 hours of classes in the mornings or early evenings, to accommodate working professionals with families.

Diabetes educators play a vital role in supporting people living with diabetes to manage their condition and achieve optimal health outcomes. They help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment as well as empower them to develop effective self-care behaviors. The responsibilities of the diabetes educator include: assessing diabetes risk, evaluating patients’ needs, teaching patients to self-manage their care (E.g. monitor blood sugars and medications), recommending appropriate diet and exercise regimens, and developing individualized follow-up plans.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Plan, deliver, and evaluate patient education.
  2. Employ facilitation and communication skills in a health care setting.
  3. Counsel patients about relevant risks and ​complications.
  4. Develop and deliver culturally specific health education campaigns.
  5. Demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of ethical issues related to patient advocacy and confidentiality.
  6. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors at all times.
  7. Ensure that patient care is delivered in accordance with evidence-based practices.

Career Opportunities

Given the prevalence of diabetes in the State of Qatar, there is a need for health care providers who are specifically trained in Diabetes Education to help patients better manage this disease. Graduates may find employment in public and private hospitals, as well as in organizations that treat and/or prevent diabetes and aim to reduce adverse health behaviors in patients and the wider population (E.g. Hamad Medical Corporation, SIDRA, and Primary Health Care).

Entrance requirements

  1. The entrance requirements for the Health Education: Diabetes (Advanced Diploma) are:
  • Graduation from a recognized two- or three-year post-secondary diploma or degree in a healthcare-related field.

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. An overall score of 71 or greater on the Oxford Online Placement Test, as administered and validated by the CNA-Q Testing Centre.​
  2. Present a valid Academic IELTS exam with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 4.5.
  3. Successfully complete FL1090, a pass/fail language development course where the final examination is the OOPT. A score of 71 or greater is required on the OOPT.​​