Engaging Patients in Managing Chronic Illness

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

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


$499 domestic / $748.50 international


Approximately 11 weeks.


Bo Fusek

Learner Outcomes

You will explore theories and practices pertaining to behavioural change counseling, covering:

  • Theoretical models including Stages of Change, health belief model, empowerment, motivational interviewing, and the “5 As” approach.
  • Common psychological disorders among people with chronic illness, including diabetes.
  • How to incorporate appropriate behavioral approaches to patient education practice.


Evaluation Method

Evaluation Item Due Date
Online discussions Week 2-3
Week 6-8
Online case conference Week 4-5
Week 9-10
Written assignment Week 11

Intended For

All health professionals working with people who have a chronic illness.

This course qualifies for 0.5 credits under the “Patient Teaching and Coaching” domain of a de Souza Designation. To claim your credit contact the de Souza Institute.

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

DE803 Engaging Patients in Managing Chronic Illness


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