Obesity is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Prevention and management is critical in reducing the considerable health costs of obesity. The Postgraduate Diploma in Obesity and Weight Management will focus on enabling health care professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to treat patients effectively.
This online course, run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, creates professionals who can independently assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Obesity and Weight Management. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role. On successful completion of this course you could go on to study the MSc Obesity and Weight Management.
What you will study
You will develop a systematic understanding of the care of patients in obesity and weight management; a critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking weight and obesity management treatments; an advanced knowledge of obesity and weight management that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
The course consists of six modules over one year, each of six weeks' duration:
Module 1 - The adipocyte, regulation of appetite and nutrition. This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the physiology and regulation of the adipocyte, adipose tissue, human nutrition and appetite.
Module 2 - Obesity: defining obesity, epidemiology and health risks. This aims to develop a critical understanding of the epidemiology of obesity, including the importance of the distribution of adiposity, its epidemiology, the global problems of obesity and its relationship in different populations.
Module 3 - Causation of obesity and weight gain in relation to disease and genetics. This will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the medical and genetic conditions that can cause obesity and weight gain.
Module 4 - Weight Management, Diet, exercise and changing behaviour. This aims to enhance the clinical skills and knowledge required to effectively evaluate and treat obesity with emphasis on lifestyle and behavioural modifications.
Module 5 - Weight Management - Medical treatments and emerging therapies. The module aims to develop an understanding of the role of medications and emerging therapies used in weight management including pharmacovigilance and post-marketing surveillance.
Module 6 - Surgical approaches to weight management. The module aims to enhance the clinical skills and knowledge required to understand surgical weight management strategies.
Each of the six modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.
Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.
Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.
As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University's portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.
The course is delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Obesity and Weight Management and delivering online education:
Dr Steve Davies - Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc
Dr Simon Williams - Principal Lecturer, Obesity and Physical Activity Epidemiologist
Professor Nadim Haboubi - Consultant Gastroenterologist and Course Director
Dr Dev Datta - Consultant Clinical Biochemist
Course director Prof Haboubi runs the only NHS Multi-disciplinary Specialist Weight Management Clinic (Level 3) in Wales. He is also a PACES examiner for the Royal College of Physicians, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum Wales and the Obesity advisor to the Welsh Government on the Obesity Pathway.
The Obesity & Weight Management courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP's, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics. Following successful completion of this specialised course, you will have the knowledge to further improve patient care and it could enhance your future career progression.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.
Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.
Fees and funding
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
August 2016 - July 2017 Fees
- Part-time UK and EU: £630 per 20 credits.
August 2017 - July 2018 Fees
- Part-time UK and EU: TBC
August 2018 - July 2019 Fees
- Part-time UK and EU: TBC
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University's library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student's own expense.