Diabetes educators play a vital role in supporting people living with diabetes to manage their condition and achieve optimal health outcomes. They help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment, as well as empower them to develop effective self-care behaviours. 

The responsibilities of the diabetes educator include: assessing diabetes risk, evaluating patients’ needs, teaching patients to self-manage their care (e.g., monitor blood sugars and medications), recommending appropriate diet and exercise regimens, and developing individualized follow-up plans. Program graduates may be engaged in diabetes prevention through the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices and culturally-specific diabetes education

Diabetes educators can work in a variety of public and private settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, community agencies, home health, wellness programs, etc.

Note: Health Education: Diabetes (Advanced Diploma) can be taken over 1 Year of full time study or 2 Years of part-time study.


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Plan, deliver, and evaluate patient education.
  2. Employ facilitation and communication skills in a health care setting.
  3. Counsel patients about relevant risks and ​complications.
  4. Develop and deliver culturally specific health education campaigns.
  5. Demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of ethical issues related to patient advocacy and confidentiality.
  6. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors at all times.
  7. Ensure that patient care is delivered in accordance with evidence-based practices.

Career Opportunities

Given the prevalence of diabetes in the State of Qatar, there is a need for health care providers who are specifically trained in Diabetes Education to help patients better manage this disease. Graduates may find employment in public and private hospitals, as well as in organizations which treat and/or prevent diabetes and aim to reduce adverse health behaviors in patients and the wider population (e.g., Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra Medicine, and Primary Health Care). 

Entrance requirements

The entrance requirements for the Health Education: Diabetes (Advanced Diploma) are:

  1. ​​Graduation from a recognized three- or four- year post-secondary Degree in the following health care fields:
    • Clinical Psychologist 
    • Dietician/Nutritionist 
    • Exercise Physiologist/Exercise Medicine*- Review curriculum 
    • Masters in Social Work – Review curriculum 
    • Master Certified Health Education Specialist 
    • Master of Public Health – Health Education - QU 
    • Occupational Therapist 
    • Optometrist 
    • Pharmacist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Podiatrist 
    • Physicians 
    • Physicians Assistant 
    • Registered Nurse (includes Nurse Practitioners, CNS)
  2. The required score on the CNA-Q English Placement Test and the Academic Math Placement (AMP) Test. Students who PreReqsent a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form, received within two years, with an overall band of 5.0 and no band below 4.5, are exempt from the English Placement Test. For score requirements on other internationally-recognized tests, such as TOEFL, contact the Admissions & Registration Department. 

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. Students entering the Health Education Diabetes Advanced Diploma must meet English language proficiency requirements. One of the following is required:
    • An overall score of 65 or greater on the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Department.
    • A valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, listening) below 4.5.