Prevention, Screening and Early Detection in Diabetes

Module code: MD7002

Module co-ordinators: Deirdre Harrington, Sally Schreder

Diabetes can lead to a range of complications including kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, blindness, nerve disease and amputation. Up to 50% of people with diabetes have complications at the time of diagnosis. There is an urgent need to develop effective methods of preventing diabetes and its devastating complications. 

This module provides an opportunity to learn from leading international experts in the field. Increasing rates of obesity and sedentary behaviour have resulted in a diabetes epidemic. This interactive module highlights the key factors driving this epidemic. Discussions will focus around the attributes of diabetes screening programmes and the current evidence for various diabetes prevention strategies. This topical module includes debates on the most effective methods of diabetes prevention, for instance, which is the best: changes in diet or increased physical activity?


  • 16 one-hour lectures
  • 12 one-hour seminars
  • 2 one-hour tutorials


  • Written debate, 3,500 words (50%)
  • Essay, 3,500 words (50%)