Postgraduate Certificate in Metabolic Medicine
As metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension are becoming increasingly prevalent globally, healthcare professionals need a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of such conditions.
Informed by cutting-edge research and practice in the field, this Postgraduate Certificate in Metabolic Medicine allows healthcare professionals to stay up-to-date with advancements in technology and new research in the rapidly evolving field of metabolic medicine.
Next intake: 2024 MarchKey Facts
Our brand new Metabolic Medicine Course enables healthcare professionals from all over the world to access high-quality, specialist education in metabolic medicine to equip them with the knowledge and skills required to provide the highest levels of care to patients with metabolic disorders.
Complete your Postgraduate Certificate in Metabolic Medicine in just 6 months with Learna | Diploma MSc, with part-time learning delivered 100% online - so you can continue to work full-time, and log in to study at a time that suits you.
When you undertake this metabolic medicine certification, not only will you learn from practising field experts, you will also join a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals around the world, with whom you can share best practice and develop a global perspective.
On completion of this PGCert in Metabolic Medicine, you will be able to:
- Apply lifelong learning and advanced problem solving skills directly to your practise in the management of patients presenting with metabolic disorders.
- Critically evaluate the evidence base in metabolic medicine.
- Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the methodologies and approaches to address various presentations related to metabolic medicine.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is a modern, industry focused University located in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd in South Wales, UK. It was rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and, in the latest Complete University Guide 2022, is in the top 10 in the UK for Health Studies. USW is one of Britain’s largest and most exciting new universities attracting a cosmopolitan mix of students from across the globe.
Programme Leader - Dr Soha Zouwail
Current post: Consultant in Medical Biochemistry/Metabolic Medicine and Clinical Lead of acute Biochemistry, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
Dr Zouwail’s sub-specialty interests include cardiovascular risk management including hyperlipidaemia and Familial...
Next intake: 2024 March Key Facts
Why Study a Metabolic Medicine Postgraduate Certificate with Learna
We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.
Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.
Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
All of our programmes are authored and developed by world leading experts in their field.
Our faculty are selected due to their subject expertise, experience and teaching abilities to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence.
Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.
40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.
Who is this course for?
Our online education in metabolic medicine is designed for healthcare professionals who have an interest in, or are involved in the care and management of, patients with metabolic disorders, including:
- Clinical Biochemists
- Sports Scientists
As an international online education platform, we cater to a global audience, and with no international surcharges, we aim to make learning accessible for all.
How Will I Learn?
You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.
Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.
These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
CurriculumOur online Metabolic Medicine Postgraduate Certificate allows you to study for just six months and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 60 credits and comprises three modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.
Fostering collaboration among healthcare professionals with our multidisciplinary approach for comprehensive patient support to enable students to critically analyse underlying mechanisms and contributing factors in the development of different types of diabetes. Students will gain advanced skills in the assessment, diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus, considering individual patient characteristics and evidence-based guidelines.
This module provides an in-depth exploration of diabetes mellitus, encompassing type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Weekly topics will include:
- Diagnosis and Classification of Diabetes
- Lifestyle Management in Diabetes
- Pharmacotherapy for Diabetes
- Complications and Comorbidities of Diabetes
- Diabetes in Special Populations
- Technological Advances in Diabetes
- Critically evaluate the evidence relating to the diagnosis, treatment and management of diabetes, applying a systematic understanding of these principles to a variety of settings.
- Critically implement evidence-based strategies into a range of scenarios within current clinical practice, to support and inform the prevention, detection and management of diabetes.
This module will allow students to develop a deep understanding of the pathophysiology, behavioural factors, and health consequences of obesity in diverse patient populations. Students will develop the skills required to assess, diagnose and manage obesity, utilising a patient-centred and compassionate approach.
Delving into the complexities of obesity as a metabolic disorder and a significant risk factor for various health conditions, topics covered within this module include:
- Pathophysiology of Obesity and Appetite
- Epidemology and Morbidity of Obesity
- Behavioural Interventions in Obesity
- Pharmacalogical Interventions
- Bariatric Interventions
- Critically apply a systematic understanding of the pathophysiology, behavioural factors, and health consequences of obesity, as well as specialist theoretical and methodological approaches to practice, when applied to diverse patient populations.
- Critically evaluate the evidence base for various weight management interventions, including dietary, exercise, and behavioural approaches and apply this knowledge to clinical practice, optimising patient health and well-being.
This module will enable students to investigate and evaluate diverse factors contributing to hypertension development and its impact on cardiovascular health, in addition to equipping them with the skills to implement evidence-based guidelines for hypertension diagnosis, monitoring and management.
With a focus on the assessment, diagnosis and management of hypertension, a common yet critical component of metabolic medicine, topics covered on this module include:
- Pathophysiology and Risk Factors
- Evaluation and Diagnosis of Hypertension
- Non-Pharmacological Management
- Pharmacological Treatment of Hypertension
- Hypertension in Special Populations
- Hypertensive Emergencies and Complications
- Critically evaluate the evidence relating to different diagnostic approaches and classification systems for hypertension, ensuring accurate assessment and appropriate management.
- Critically evaluate the pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for blood pressure control in diverse patient populations, and implement personalised hypertension management plans that would consider individual patient characteristics, comorbidities, and potential drug interactions.
The Metabolic Medicine Certification places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.
The three modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.
These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.
Students are required to critically analyse clinically focused case-based scenarios, discussion threads and weekly questions posed by their tutors via the Academic Forum (an online discussion board) and designed to meet the module learning outcomes. Here, students make their own researched and referenced contributions and interact with the tutor and their fellow students. There is no didactic teaching, instead, students are posed questions and prompted to search the literature, read it critically and respond. Engagement is encouraged by the tutor prompting students to respond and the use of automated activity monitoring software.
At the end of each module, the tutor allocates marks to each student based on a marking rubric. The rubric takes into account the following elements:
· Promptness and initiative
· Delivery of post (spelling and grammar)
· The relevance of post and referencing
· Expression within the post
The group activity is designed to stimulate and test the students’ ability to work as a team in taking the subject area forward. A group task is set, the group elects a leader using the online forum (designed to put leadership skills into practice) and the leader allocates tasks to group members.
The leader is responsible for managing, collating and submitting the activity (online) at the end of the module. The tutor provides formative guidance part way through the module and marks the assessment at the end.
Examples of individual activities might include either a written assignment, poster, blog or social media project.
All students must complete the same assignment for each module that is predetermined by the programme Leader before the modules commence. Students are not provided with an option to choose.
Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice ‘single best answer’ questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module. The online examination is marked automatically. The examination tests Anti-Ageing Medicine related theory and problem-solving skills.
The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires the students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme as the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides regular feedback to the student and marks it at the end of the module.
Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for both professional re-validation and professional development.
Since our Metabolic Medicine PGCert is conducted entirely online, it is accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.
Registered healthcare professionals working in the healthcare field, without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
- A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
- A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
- The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
- A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
- A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the qualifications we accept.
Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.
|1st May 2024||£850|
|1st July 2024||£850|
† Deposits are non-refundable
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