May 19, 2022  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Diabetes Certificate

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Certificate Name and Number:  Graduate Diabetes Certificate – CTDIAG

Department(s)/Unit(s):  School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Terms of Entry:  Fall, Spring, Summer

Enrollment Eligibility:  Degree-seeking students

Certificate Overview:  The Graduate Diabetes Certificate educates and prepares students to better understand the multifaceted and complex condition of diabetes. The program offers a unique opportunity for students to obtain interdisciplinary education and training opportunities as well as service learning, clinical and/or research opportunities guided by experts in diabetes. The certificate requires a minimum of 14 credit hours, and the typical and expected time to complete the certificate is two semesters.

Certificate Learning Outcomes: 

Students who complete the Graduate Diabetes Certificate Program at Ohio University will be able to:

  • Explain diabetes and the disease process
  • Explain how diabetes is treated and managed
  • Describe the interdisciplinary nature of diabetes treatment and management
  • Apply current research in the field of diabetes to relevant areas of interest and future practice
  • Apply knowledge learned to practicum field work

Opportunities upon Completion:  Students who graduate with a Graduate Diabetes Certificate will potentially have broader career possibilities, including careers involved in diabetes prevention, management, and treatment.  The independent study portion of the Graduate Diabetes Certificate provides an opportunity for skill development, ranging from research design and development to clinical application. 

Completion Requirements:  Students must complete three core courses in addition to a minimum six credit hours of electives as detailed below.

Core Courses (minimum 8 credit hours)

  • NUTR 5320 - Diabetes From Bench to Bedside (3)
  • NUTR 5932 - Independent Study in Diabetes (3-8)
  • NUTR 5960 - Trends in Diabetes (2)

NOTE: Graduate students will be required to focus on a project that is distinct from their master’s thesis or graduate level project. Students who are completing research projects must select to do their independent study in a community or clinical setting. Likewise, students who are involved in community or clinical based projects must complete their independent study in a research setting. The independent study for diabetes typically requires 6-8 hours of independent work per week and should not interfere with graduate student’s thesis or final project. In addition, graduate students wishing to pursue the diabetes certificate will be required to deliver a local, regional, or national presentation (oral or poster) related to diabetes or related disease.

The Independent Study allows students to use research, clinical, or service-learning experiences to count towards credit hours. Please contact Jennifer Yoder ( for more information about the Independent Study.


Students must complete minimum 6 credit hours elective coursework to meet the 14-semester hour requirement, including at least one course outside of the NUTR program.

  • NUTR 5000 - Nutrition in the Community (3)
  • NUTR 5080 - Nutrient Metabolism (3)
  • NUTR 5100 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3)
  • NUTR 5105 - Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
  • NUTR 5260 - World View of Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 5500 - Contemporary School Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 5600 - Nutrition Counseling (1)
  • NUTR 6500 - Diet and Chronic Disease (3)
  • EXPH 5140 - Physiology of Exercise (3)
  • EXPH 6170 - Exercise Testing and Prescription (4)
  • EXPH 6560 - Advanced Physiology of Exercise (3)
  • CFS 5610 - Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations (3)
  • CFS 5670 - Children, Families, Stress and Trauma (3)
  • CFS 5760 - Children and Families in Health Care Settings (3)
  • CFS 5800 - Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)
  • HLTH 6070 - Health Promotion and Health Behavior (3)
  • HLTH 6080 - Health Policy (3)
  • HLTH 6130 - Aging and Health (3)
  • HLTH 6140 - Rural Health Disparities (3)
  • HLTH 6280 - Health Law (3)
  • HLTH 6791 - Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (3)
  • SW 5233 - Counseling Older Adults (3)
  • SW 5293 - Aging in American Society (3)
  • SW 610 - The Rural Social Agency (3)
  • BIOS 5250 - Evolutionary Genetics (3)
  • BIOS 5260 - Molecular Genetics (3)
  • BIOS 5500 - Principles of Endocrinology (3)
  • BIOS 5630 or CHEM 5890 - Biological Chemistry (3)/Basic Biochemistry (4)
  • ECON 5120 - Economics of Poverty (4)
  • ECON 5150 - Economics of Health Care (4)
  • PSY 7250 - Health Psychology (3)

Financial Aid Eligibility Information:

  • Degree-seeking students may use federal financial aid only for 1) coursework fulfilling requirements of their degree, including required elective hours, or 2) coursework toward a second financial aid-eligible program.
  • Students receiving federal financial aid may not take courses for this certificate unless they are also enrolled full-time (9 hours) in their degree program during the same academic term. Financial aid may be used for courses that count toward both degree requirements and the certificate.

Admission Requirements:  Students must be enrolled in a degree seeking program at Ohio University in order to obtain the Graduate Diabetes Certificate. A letter grade of 3.0 (B) or better in all core and elective courses is required for certificate approval.

International Students: This certificate program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program alone.

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