Diabetes Mellitus is the most frequent metabolic disease worldwide and today its frequency is around 6-8% in the adult population. Excess body weight is an international public health problem with at least 20% of adults suffering from obesity. Both Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity are not adequately covered in the undergraduate curriculum in Medical Schools. As a response to the global epidemic of diabetes and obesity, many Universities abroad have developed Master’s Degree Programs for the training of health professionals with the aim of effective up to date treatment and prevention of these diseases.

The purpose of the MSc in Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is to provide a high level of postgraduate education and specialization in the broad and growing subject of diabetes mellitus and obesity, as well as to promote research in these subjects.

The MSc Program combines theoretical knowledge, which is not provided at the undergraduate level at the Medical School in Greece, as well as practical experience in the clinical approach of a person with diabetes and/or obesity. In particular, it offers expertise to young scientists in the pathogenetic mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and basic and clinical research of diabetes mellitus and its complications, as well as obesity.

A total of 150 specialized lecturers-instructors from Greece and abroad who have the expertise on the subject of diabetes and obesity participate at the MSc. We thank them for their enthusiasm and for their acceptance to participate in the educational process. We also thank the members of the Coordinating and Scientific Committee, as well as the members of the Organizational and Secretarial Support, for their important work in the preparation of the Program.

We hope that the knowledge gained by the graduates of the Master Program “Diabetes and Obesity” will help them both in research and in daily clinical practice.

The Director of MSc Program

Nikolaos Tentolouris

Professor of Internal Medicine and Diabetes

Medical School

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens