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Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Metabolic Health)

Study metabolic health at Sydney Medical School

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Overview

There is a global epidemic of diabetes and obesity and health professionals need to understand these diseases and be equipped to manage them. Our program is developed and delivered by international leaders in the field of diabetes and metabolic health. It provides students with knowledge and skills to manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as particular groups, such as pregnant women.

This course is suited to nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other health professionals with an interest in the field. It will provide you with a unique opportunity to study with your peers and network with clinical and academic leaders.

The course is delivered online with intensive face-to-face components held in the University's new state-of-the-art Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub. We adopt a case based format and provide online tutorials to facilitate discussion and analysis.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for the Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Metabolic Health) for Semester 2, 2018.  To be considered for a CSP you must apply for entry to the course by 20 June 2018 and places will be allocated based on merit. Please ensure your CV includes details of any relevant work or other experience. Please note that you cannot retain a CSP if you upgrade or downgrade to another course after enrolment. 

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.
  • The course is delivered online with intensive face-to-face components held in the University's new state-of-the-art Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub. 

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Course options

The metabolic health program is available through two pathways - the Master of Medicine (for medical graduates), and the Master of Science in Medicine (for non-medical graduates). The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.

Other study options

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes. Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. 

Learn more about short courses and professional development.

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma requires the completion of 36 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points of compulsory units of study;
  • 24 credit points of stream specific units of study; and
  • 6 credit points of stream specific or general elective units of study.

The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is largely taught online. Some of the MBHT units of study include an intensive face to face teaching session which must be attended or viewed online.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Metabolic Health) requires:

  • successful completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine; or
  • a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a health or science-related discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

Applicants must also have a minimum 12 months of relevant work experience.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice. 

Program Director

Professor Stephen Twigg

Professor Stephen Twigg
Stan Clark Chair in Diabetes; Kellion Professor of Endocrinology; Head of the Department of Endocrinology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Professor Stephen Twigg’s research focuses on translational studies in blood glucose management and on the prevention, timely detection, stabilisation and reversal of diabetes and its complications. His research interests include exercise in diabetes and prediabetes, and organ complications of diabetes.

Professor Twigg, along with unit of study coordinators Dr Victoria Rudland, Professor Tim Gill and Dr Kelly Stanton, developed a series of evidence-based units of study covering the management of common metabolic health problems in an interactive format.

Student experience

Dr Lena Attebo, Master of Medicine (Metabolic Health)

Dr Lena Attebo
Executive Health Solutions

“The course introduced me to health professionals with similar interests to myself, and together we widened our knowledge by sharing our experiences. Interaction with my peers from all allied health fields was both enjoyable and educational, and let me gain an insight to different approaches to clinical scenarios.

“The program is unique, with evidence-based focus on the important practical aspects of caring for people affected by metabolic diseases. I have come out of the program with a better understanding of how to approach, manage and motivate my patients that are affected by obesity, diabetes, or metabolic syndromes."

Graduate Opportunities

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

Future study options

On completion of the requirements for the graduate diploma students may be eligible to enrol in the master's degree.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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