Diabetes 101: Introduction to Diabetes

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

ONLINE – login information will be emailed the week before the course start date




Approximately 10 weeks.


Spenta Mazkoori RD, CDE

Learner Outcomes

Students in the Diabetes 101 course will focus on the basics of diabetes and the proper techniques and methods to support the person with diabetes. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of diabetes, its development, progression and management throughout the life stages.
  • Demonstrate effective communication with people with diabetes, their families or support persons, and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of education and behaviour change theories.

Course Objectives

Diabetes 101: Introduction to Diabetes, recently updated to meet the 2018 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines, is designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn the basics of diabetes and how a health professional or non-health professional can support the person with diabetes. You will explore topics from the psychological and nutritional aspects of diabetes to exercise and oral medications for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Assigned readings are coupled with interactive seminars conducted online every week by an experienced Certified Diabetes Educator.

Evaluation Method

Evaluation Item Due Date
7 Weekly Online Assessments Weeks 2-8
Final Online Assessment Week 9

Intended For

This course is open to all individuals wishing for a general introduction to diabetes: medical technicians, personal support workers, family members / lay carers of people with diabetes, and other health professionals (including those not registered or licensed with a regulatory body in Canada).

Please Note: this course is undergoing revision and will be available in 2023. Please check back then for updates and information!

Text Book

All course material is available online.


Computer literacy

  • Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account
  • Access to and basic proficiency with a PDF reader, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint are also required as they are used to access course material and submit evaluation items

Topics Covered

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Psychological Aspects
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise & Oral Medications
  • Insulin
  • Hypoglycemia & Hyperglycemia
  • Chronic Complications

Diabetes 101: Introduction to Diabetes – DE806


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COVID Vaccine Requirement:

Proof of full vaccination (2 doses) for all learners is required for all onsite attendance at Michener.
Fully online courses do not require proof of vaccination.

Instructions to upload proof of COVID vaccination to Self Service