Free Online Certificate course of Diabetes

By vensa Latest Reply 2015-12-30 14:17:01 -0600
Started 2014-10-31 03:28:26 -0500

Dear Friends,
I'm not sure if this type of education has been discussed before in the community…came across the following 5-week online course (which also includes possible certification) from University of California San Francisco on "Diabetes: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Opportunities". It could be useful for someone who wants to know a little more to manage diabetes. Also tons of other wide ranging topics.

Looks like the date of starting this particular course has not yet announced, but I shall be looking forward to taking up this course when it is made available.

9 replies

Takecareb1 2015-12-30 14:17:01 -0600 Report

Hi welcome and thank for being part of Diabatic connect. I. m going to follow this course for the next 5 weeks in order to be awarded the certificate from University of California

Takecareb1 2015-12-30 14:16:44 -0600 Report

Hi welcome and thank for being part of Diabatic connect. I. m going to follow this course for the next 5 weeks in order to be awarded the certificate from University of California

GabbyPA 2014-11-01 08:53:55 -0500 Report

This sounds incredible. I hope it won't be too over my head in medical terms. I signed up to be on the watch list for that course. I could not find a cost for the course though. Did you see one??

vensa 2014-11-01 08:57:39 -0500 Report

All courses on coursera are free of cost (if I'm not wrong). All the best!

GabbyPA 2014-11-01 09:05:34 -0500 Report

I guess if I had read your title more carefully I could have figured that out. DUH!! LOL
It sounds like a great course. I have not heard of this site. It sounds a little like Kahn Acadamy, but with a little more purpose. Thanks!!

vensa 2014-10-31 09:42:08 -0500 Report

Here you go James…
About the course: Over a dozen faculty from UC San Francisco's Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry will present on topics including the epidemiology, diagnosis, nutritional strategies for self-management, the role of insulin in managing diabetes, effects of diabetes on oral/dental health, and current research in the field.

Course Syllabus:
Week 1: Introduction, Diagnosis, and Treatment Plans
Review the epidemiology and pathogenesis of diabetes
Describe the different types of diabetes
Review the diagnostic criteria for diabetes and the tests to distinguish type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
Review the relationship of glycemic control and outcomes, including the prevention or delay of long-term complications
Provide a general treatment algorithm for type 2 diabetes, including glycemic targets and individualization
Describe the general treatment approach to type 1 diabetes

Week 2: Self-Management, Nutrition, Technologies, Behavior Modifications
Review the importance of self-management principles as applied to diabetes care, including problem-solving and SMART goal setting as examples
Review the role of blood glucose monitoring in the self-management of diabetes
Review the role of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in the management of diabetes
Recognize the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) toward planning a diabetes education program
Discuss meal planning tips for people with diabetes
Discuss nutrition basics for people with diabetes

Week 3: Pharmacotherapy
Describe the different types of insulins and their time action profiles.
Describe the general treatment approaches for insulin therapy in type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Describe the use of insulin pumps in type 1 diabetes
Describe the role in therapy of the classes of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes (including sulfonyurea, meglitinides, biguanides , thiazolidinediones, alpha glucosidase inhibitors, DPP-4 inhibitors, GLP-1 receptor agonists, and SGLT-2 inhibitors
Review initial drug therapy in type 2 diabetes, how to advance to dual and triple therapy, and transitions to insulin
Review key side effects of diabetes medications, including hypoglycemia, and appropriate management strategies

Week 4: Diabetes and Oral/Dental Health
State the risk for periodontal disease, root caries, tooth loss and impaired wound healing in diabetic patients
Characterize the benefit of non-surgical periodontal therapy toward improved glycemic control
State the effectiveness of adjunctive antibiotic therapy in non-surgical periodontal treatment in diabetic patients
For non-dental health care providers: recognize root caries lesions, describe options toward prevention of root caries, and criteria for referral of patients with root caries
Describe options for assessment and management in patients with extremely poor glycemic control and need for extraction of abscessed teeth
Describe the impact of periodontal infection on adverse pregnancy outcomes and the safety of non-surgical periodontal treatment for women with gestational diabetes

Week 5: Frontiers/New Horizons
Describe the role of T regulatory cells in modulating immune response in diabetes
Define the role of induction of beta cell proliferation both during child development and in adults
Describe the current state of stem cell differentiation for beta cells
Describe future anti-inflammatory options, including those associated with macrophages and lipid metabolism, in type 2 diabetes
Highlight the distinction between brown, beige, and white fat in humans in the pathophysiology and potential treatment of diabetes

jayabee52 2014-10-31 10:05:54 -0500 Report

Wow, Thanks vensa. It looks like it is quite a complete course. Looks to me to be a med student level course.

I lived in the SF bay area for a while and my late wife and I went to the hospital at UCSF to be vetted to help a friend of wife's brother get a liver transplant. We were rejected mainly due to my wife's blindness. Unfortunately the friend died after a few months without the transplant. So sad.

Thanks again for the course syllabus.


jayabee52 2014-10-31 09:26:57 -0500 Report

Howdy Vensa
I clicked the link and the software on the computer i use is outdated and they want me to change software. Unfortunately I don't have administrative priveleges since it is a shared computer for a apt complex.

From the brief desciption you gave it sounds interesting.

Education about diabetes is part of what we are all about here, along with support and encouragment.

God's best to you and yours


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