Diabetes Minor


The Department of Family Health Care Nursing offers a minor in diabetes (video) to any student enrolled in a Master's program in the School of Nursing at UCSF. Students who complete all three courses will be awarded a certificate that they have completed the minor in diabetes.

In addition, students in the ACPNP, AGNP, FNP and PNP specialties are eligible to apply to the Madison Clinic Peggy Huang Diabetes Nurse Fellows Program, for sub-specialty education that includes all three courses in the Diabetes Minor, plus advanced nurse practitioner clinical training in management of diabetes.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to students who apply for them and are selected into the Nurse Fellows program. This program provides students with additional expertise in the area of diabetes across the lifespan with courses that focus on the medical management of pediatric and adult diabetes, as well as the behavioral aspects of self-management of a chronic condition.

Students accepted into the fellows program will have the opportunity to engage in cutting edge clinical practices including the UCSF Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes, the UCSF Justine K. Schreyer Adult Diabetes Care Center and other family practice and community clinics that treat a significant number of patients with diabetes.

The Madison Clinic Peggy Huang Diabetes Nurse Fellows Program will prepare advanced practice nursing students to sit for qualification exams to become nationally board certified in advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM).

As such, they will help patients manage their diabetes from both medical and behavioral perspectives. For example, the nurses might adjust patients' medication regimens as well as assist those patients struggling with self-management behaviors to set realistic goals and develop concrete plans for adopting healthier lifestyles.

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Be sure to submit your application and supplemental documents in time to meet the April 30th annual deadline.



(Course details are subject to change.)

N296A Advanced Clinical Management of Pediatric Diabetes.
2 Units (McGrath).
The primary focus is on diabetes (T1 and T2DM) in a pediatric population. Course will include: epidemiology and detection of diabetes in children and adolescents; pathophysiology; disease management requirements; pharmacological treatment; diabetes education and self-care management expectations for pediatric patients and their families.
N296B / N301.5 Family and Behavioral Approaches to Diabetes Management Across the Lifespan.
Winter Quarter. 3 Units, Classroom Instruction plus Laboratory (McGrath/Noya).
Course focuses on the complex behavioral, educational, and family skills required to support patients in living with diabetes. Topics include: behavioral theories for managing diabetes, family theories for influencing health outcomes; empirically based intervention strategies for behavior change.
The related seminar focuses on student skill development in varied forms of behavioral and family intervention (e.g. motivational interviewing; coping skills training, problem-solving interventions, behavioral goal setting and follow-up; family resolution and conflict resolution training.)
N296C Advanced Clinical Management of Adult Diabetes.
2 Units (Noya/McGrath).
Primary focus is on T1 and T2DM in an adult population. Course will include epidemiology and detection of diabetes in adults; pathophysiology; disease management requirements; advanced pharmacological treatment; care of special populations such as women with gestational diabetes, the elder patient with diabetes, persons with co-morbid conditions such as mental illness, care of underserved populations with diabetes.


Maureen McGrath
Dept. of Family Health Care Nursing
UCSF School of Nursing
2 Koret Way, N-411Y, Box 0606
San Francisco CA
Telephone: 415-502-3203
Fax: 415-753-2161
Email: Maureen.McGrath@ucsf.edu