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Postgraduate Degree Certificate in Diabetes Education

Deakin University

This postgraduate degree qualifies health professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to specialise in diabetes and help reduce the prevalence and impact of this complex disease.

Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest-growing public health issues. The chronic disease threatens human life and often reduces quality of life overall.

On this degree course, you will learn about the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the disease and its sociocultural and psychological effects. You will also discover techniques for effective diabetes management and prevention through education.

Studying diabetes with Deakin means you’ll be joining the first and longest-running diabetic educator course in Australia, and gaining access to a unique partnership with clinical diabetes services.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the course must be appropriately qualified and currently registered professionals with a health science background, including registered nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists, exercise physiologists and general practitioners. Applicants should have at least two years experience working in their chosen field since undergraduate course completion. In order to undertake the placement component of this course students must be one of the ADEA listed CDE eligible professions, with current registration to practice as such (e.g. AHPRA).

If you hold a tertiary health related degree in another area (for example in psychology, social work etc) you are still able to undertake and complete your Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education at Deakin, but you may not be eligible to become a credentialled diabetes educator. For further information, please visit the ADEA Being a Credentialled Diabetes Educator website.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant’s previous academic record. All applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

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  • Provider: Deakin University
  • Cost: $7,600 USD
  • Effort: 8 - 12 hours per week
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Language: English


  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes