Metabolic Health

Study metabolic health at the University of Sydney


Almost two in three adult Australians are overweight or obese, with obesity the second highest contributor to the burden of disease (both ill health and premature death), after dietary risks.

Equally as important, diabetes is estimated to affect 1.7 million Australians, with one person developing diabetes every five minutes. Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, with rates increasing faster than those of cardiovascular disease or cancer. Management options for both of these conditions are growing but are also becoming more complex.

This highly practical degree has been designed to help students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic diseases. You will learn about managing diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population, as well as in at-risk populations such as pregnant women, the elderly, those with mental illness and in indigenous peoples.

Why study metabolic health with us?

  • This degree has been developed and will be delivered by international leaders in the field of diabetes and metabolic health
  • This is a unique opportunity to study with like-minded peers and network with clinical and academic leaders
  • The evidence will be presented using a case based format and there will be frequent online tutorials to facilitate discussion and to help the student apply their learning to ‘real world’ practice
  • In a crowded employment market, this degree will signal your competence and interest in this rapidly evolving and important area of clinical practice, and
  • Face-to-face teaching will be delivered in the University’s new, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility – the Charles Perkins Centre.

Who should study this course?

Metabolic health is ideal for a range of health professionals working in the field, including nurses and allied health professionals, pharmacists, as well as medical practitioners working in primary care, emergency medicine or paediatrics, and those planning to train in endocrinology. Some clinical knowledge and experience is desirable to get maximal benefit from the course.

Graduate opportunities

Metabolic Health provides advanced postgraduate training for clinicians wishing to understand and manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as in particular groups.

Course options

Technical Requirements

The coursework is mostly delivered online and there are minimal technical requirements for the course. These include high speed internet access, a microphone and a webcam. For more information about the technical requirements, please see:

Face-to-face teaching

Although this course is mostly delivered online, there are some units of study that require you to attend compulsory face to face teaching sessions at one of Sydney University’s teaching hospitals. Details about these sessions are provided above.

Key academic staff

Professor Stephen Twigg is Course Coordinator of this new degree. He is the Stan Clark Chair in Diabetes and the Kellion Professor of Endocrinology, University of Sydney and Head of Department of Endocrinology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. He is a recent past president of the Australian Diabetes Society.

As part of Charles Perkins Centre collaboration, he is currently working with Associate Professor Rafael Calvo, a software engineer specialising in human-computer interaction to alleviate the problem of the rise of diabetes. Together they have created an avatar-based app, the Intelligent Diabetes Lifestyle Coach, which will help people with diabetes around the world adhere to their treatment programs.

For further information please contact Professor Stephen Twigg.