Obesity and Weight Management Courses Online


Obesity is a complex disease that is both chronic and relapsing. Evidence shows overwhelmingly that obesity is a cause of multiple diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and osteoarthritis, and is also a cause of premature mortality. Further, obesity is associated with an impaired quality of life, reduced fertility, workplace absenteeism, significant economic costs and bias, discrimination and stigma.

The foundation of obesity treatment is behavioural therapy in combination with dietary intervention and an increase in physical activity. However, as research and the individual experience of people with obesity show that these treatments are frequently ineffective for long-term weight loss, other medical and surgical options have become available. These options are supported with high-quality evidence and are well-tolerated by patients.

Given the high prevalence of obesity, the complex aetiology and associated co-morbidity, and the treatment components available, it is of paramount importance that individuals living with obesity have the support of healthcare professionals with an advanced level of education and training in the field of obesity and weight management.

Our Masters and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Obesity and Weight Management are designed for healthcare professionals who wish to specialise in obesity and weight management or to gain a greater understanding of obesity and its treatment in the context of other medical specialisms. The modules are designed to extend medical knowledge of obesity and to facilitate the enhancement of patient care and procedural skills, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.

The RCGP accredited Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity and Weight Management have been developed in conjunction with The Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales, who have an established reputation for the delivery of innovative learning in Postgraduate education for health professionals.

The obesity and weight management courses are suitable 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.

Both our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity & Weight Management can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

Students may apply for the MSc in Obesity and Weight Management as a two year course, firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Subject Courses

Diploma in Obesity and Weight Management

Delivered over 1 year, the online part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma course is especially developed for busy health professionals. Formatted in 6 modules (120 credits), each of 6 weeks duration; the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

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MSc in Obesity and Weight Management

The MSc runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, the students then choose either the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project or an attendance based Independent Prescribing Module.

This is the only course offering the dual option to do either an independent prescribing or professional project.

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Application Deadline | 5th February 2021 |