Understanding Insulin Free Online Course by University of Southampton

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is offering free online course on Understanding Insulin. This course has been primarily created for healthcare professionals to help reduce concerns around prescribing and managing insulin.

In this course, applicants will learn more about all things insulin: from how it works, to insulin types, to side effects and guidance on how to prescribe safely. This course will start on October 2, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Institution: University of Southampton and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on October 2, 2017

Providers’ Details

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.

From the birthplace of the technologies which drive the Internet to ground-breaking medical breakthroughs in conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and asthma, the University of Southampton has spent the last 60 years changing the world.

About This Course

The current spend on diabetes care by the NHS is estimated to be £1.6 million pounds per hour. 80% of this is spent on managing diabetes complications, the risk of which can be significantly reduced through effective blood glucose control using insulin.

Why Take This Course?

If you are a healthcare professional it will equip you with the skills to help you reduce insulin-related errors or if you have diabetes it should show you why insulin is so important for living well.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Describe how insulin works to control blood glucose levels
  • Explain why a lack or reduced effectiveness insulin in diabetes results in high blood glucose levels and how long term high blood glucose levels can lead to complications in diabetes
  • Compare the different types of insulin’s and their clinical uses
  • Describe how to prescribe and administer insulin safely
  • Identify the side effects of insulin and other factors that can affects its clinical performance
  • Explain how the safe and correct use of insulin can lead to well controlled diabetes and contribute to a good quality of life


This course has been primarily created for healthcare professionals to help reduce concerns around prescribing and managing insulin. However it might be also of interest to people with diabetes who do not have regular access to a healthcare professional and who want to find out more about how insulin works.


Nicola Englyst

I am the Programme Leader for the MSc Diabetes Best Practice course at the University of Southampton, as well as having an active research career and running the Faculty of Medicine mentoring scheme.

Mayank Patel

Mayank Patel is a Doctor who works as a Diabetes Specialist. I have an interest in education and am always keen to broaden my horizons!

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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