Doctorate in Nutrition

Presentation

The Doctorate program enables the student to take Doctoral subjects and carry out research within one of the lines it offers following an online education model. In this way, the Doctoral student takes part in an advanced postgraduate study that adapts to one’s learning pace and working style.

During the program, the Doctoral student will have the support and advice of the teaching staff, tutors and thesis directors who will facilitate their learning and academic performance in the subjects, research papers, and the student’s thesis thanks to the new technologies.

The Doctorate’s Committee will assign and supervise the study plan most appropriate for the Doctoral student’s education and chosen thesis topic. This committee will also appoint a thesis director that will support and facilitate the Doctoral student’s studies and thesis work.

Structure

DURATION END DATE STUDY PLAN
PHASE I - TEACHING
1 year Acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to provide solutions that contribute to human development, and scientific and technological development in the doctoral student’s research line. Taking on-line subjects defined in accordance with previous studies and with the thesis’ topic. In this phase, the PhD candidate must take the subjects that are appropriate to the chosen thesis’ topic.
PHASE II - TUTORING
3 months Defining the thesis topic, objectives, hypothesis and methodology. Developing a proposal for the Doctoral thesis with the support of a tutor.
PHASE III - RESEARCH
1 year Developing the thesis. With the support of the Thesis Director, conduct research leading to the completion of the project.
PHASE IV - THESIS DEVELOPMENT
1 - 2 years Drafting the PhD thesis. Under the supervision of the Thesis Director, the research will be developed: analysis and results achieved.

Educational Methodology

The educational model promotes collaboration and cooperation to enhance people’s education. This ensures a process that provides effective results with regard to the educational investment assumed versus the return in knowledge, personal and organizational learning. Nowadays, the educational model consists of many educational and pedagogical innovations that facilitate, strengthen and drive a formative process in a quality learning environment. This includes:

  • Making it easy for students, professors and both groups to be in contact.
  • Fostering cooperation and reciprocity: learning as a collective effort.
  • Considering the student as the center of the learning process in which the student actively participates.
  • Encouraging and promoting the continuous communication and interaction between professors and students.
  • Instilling that the training process implies and requires temporary dedication and continuous effort.
  • Using motivation as a constant stimulus so the student perceives that the expected learning results are achievable.
  • Personalizing the learning, taking into account the differences between students and their different ways of learning.

Diploma

The Doctoral student who meets the academic requirements and passes the Doctorate thesis defense in accordance with the rules of the universities which offer the Doctoral program, will be eligible for the following diploma:

  • Doctorates in Nutrition from the International Iberoamerican University in Mexico.

Study Plan

Doctorate in Nutrition > Teaching

The Doctorate Program in Nutrition is aimed at training leading researchers in the field of nutrition that are able to contribute, in an independent way, to the generation and dissemination of knowledge, technologies and strategical methodologies.

The work of the teacher will be to promote the health and development of human capital, both at the national and international levels, developing, disseminating and transferring high-level research on nutrition, making emphasis in the field of experimental design in topics such as obesity, community nutrition and functional foods, nutraceuticals and nutrigenetics.

The Doctoral teaching phase is based on scientific research of excellence by training the Doctoral student in acquiring the knowledge that will enrich the learning process, collaborating in the development and innovation of the chosen line of research.

The Doctorate in Nutrition consists of the following phases:

  • INTRODUCTION PHASE
INTRODUCTION PHASE

During this first period, the objective is that the student learns to use the Virtual Campus and its tools, in addition to receive the information about the academic program and the study dates.

During this phase, students will also have access to several discussion forums on topics of interest related to the program to stimulate student interaction and the exchange of opinions within an academic environment.

  • PHASE I: TEACHING-GENERAL SUBJECTS
PHASE I: TEACHING-GENERAL SUBJECTS
# SUBJECTS
1 Methodology of Scientific Research
2 Scientific Evidence and Health
3 Demographics and Public Health
4 Statistics Applied to Health Sciences I
5 Statistics Applied to Health Sciences II
6 Ethics Applied to Health Sciences
7 Guidelines for Presenting and Publishing Research Works in the Health Sciences Area
8 Research Seminar I
  • PHASE II: TEACHING-ELECTIVE MODULE (THE DOCTORAL CANDIDATE STUDIES THE ONE CHOSEN)
PHASE II: TEACHING-OPTATIVE MODULE
# OBESITY AND METABOLIC SYNDROME
1 Circadian Rhythms, Energy Homeostasis and Metabolic Integration
2 Obesity and Metabolic Regulation
3 Research Seminar II
# COMMUNITY NUTRITION STRATEGIES
1 Education in Food and Nutrition
2 Advertising and Communication Design and Strategies in Community Nutrition
3 Research Seminar II
# FUNCTIONAL FOODS, NUTRACEUTICALS AND NUTRIGENETICS
1 Bioactive Compounds of the Diet and Nutraceuticals
2 Functional and Genetically Modified Foods
3 Research Seminar II
# CLINICAL NUTRITION
1 Microbiota, Microbiome and Health
2 Inflammation and Nutrition
3 Research Seminar II
# SPORTS NUTRITION
1 Nutrigenomics for health and sports
2 Ergogenic aids, doping substances and Genetic doping in sports
3 Research Seminar II
  • PHASE III: RESEARCH
PHASE III: RESEARCH
# SUBJECTS
1 Research Work I
2 Research Work II
3 PhD Thesis’ Proposal
  • PHASE IV: DOCTORAL THESIS DEVELOPMENT
PHASE IV: DOCTORAL THESIS DEVELOPMENT
# SUBJECTS
1 Development of the Thesis
2 Dissertation Thesis

Lines of Research

DOCTORATE IN NUTRITION LINES OF RESEARCH
OBESITY AND METABOLIC SYNDROME
Nutritional strategies for the treatment of overweight and obesity
Development of new therapeutic targets for the treatment of overweight and obesity
Alteration and metabolic regulation in obesity
COMMUNITY NUTRITION STRATEGIES
Community intervention in populations at nutritional risk
Population studies in food and nutrition
Education and communication for health and nutrition
FUNCTIONAL FOODS, NUTRACEUTICALS AND NUTRIGENETICS
Bioactive compounds of the food and their effects on health
Design, development and production of foods with added nutritional value
Effects of bioactive compounds in food for the treatment of various pathologies
CLINICAL NUTRITION
Microbiota in Health and Disease
Inflammatory Processes and Pathologies
Nutrition in Pathophysiological Conditions
SPORTS NUTRITION
Nutrigenomics and Sports Performance
Nutrition, Diet and Sports Performance
Ergogenic Aids and Performance
NUTRITION THROUGHOUT THE STAGES OF LIFE
Child nutrition
Nutrition in Older Adults
Nutrition Throughout Life in Physiological Situations

Direction

  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Director of the Health and Nutrition Area of the Iberoamerican University Foundation. Researcher in Biochemistry and teacher of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.

International Coordinator

  • Dr(c) Irma Domínguez. International Coordinator in the Areas of Health.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Priscilla Almeida. Doctor in Biomedicine, University of Zaragoza. Professor at UNINI.
  • Dr. Andrea Arreguín. Doctor and Master's Degree in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition from the University of the Balearic Islands. Professor at UNINI.
  • Dr. Juan Ramón Barbany Cairó. Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona. Honorific Professor at the University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Mercedes Briones. International Doctorates in Child Nutrition, University of Granada. Professor at UNINI.
  • Dr. Ricardo Julián Cabezas. Doctorate in Biological Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá.
  • Dr. María Mercedes Cano. Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Seville. Full Professor in Physiology from the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Andrea Corrales. Doctorate in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, University of Cantabria Professor at UNEATLANTICO.
  • Dr. Iñaki Jordi Elío. Doctor in Health and Nutrition Projects in UNINI. Academic Director of the Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in UNEATLANTICO.
  • Dr. Mario Efraín Flores. Doctorate in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University (EUA). Professor-researcher at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico.
  • Dr. Carolina Teresa González Antón. Doctorate in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Iván Antonio García Montalvo. Doctor in Medical and Biological Sciences from the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca. Professor at the Anahuac University of Oaxaca.
  • Dr. Michael John González Guzmán. Doctorate in Human Nutrition and Biochemistry, Food Science and Human Nutrition Program, Michigan State University. Professor, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.
  • Dr. Roberto Carlos Leonardo Mendonça. Doctorate in Nutrition, University of Granada Professor at the University of the Atlantic.
  • Dr. Adriana Alejandra Márquez Ibarra. Doctorate in Medical Sciences from the University of Colima, Mexico. Researcher by projects and founding partner of NUTRIAB consultancy.
  • Dr. Nohora Milena Martínez. Doctor in the Mental Health Program: Genetics and environment by the Universitat Rovira i Virigili and University of Almería.
  • Dr. Susana Martínez. Doctor in Biology from the University of León. Professor at UNEATLANTICO.
  • Dr. Isabel Martorell. Doctorate in Biomedicine, Rovira i Virgili University. Professor at UNINI.
  • Dr. Rebeca Monroy. Doctorate in Nutrition from the University of Guanajuato. Professor at the University of Guanajuato.
  • Dr. Juan Antonio Nieto. Doctorate in Food Science and Technology and Chemical Engineering, Autonomous University of Madrid.
  • Dr. Claudia Nelly Orozco. Doctor of Public Health Sciences from the University of Guadalajara. Professor at UNINI.
  • Dr. Norma Angélica Santiesteban-López. Doctorate in Food Science from the Fundación Universidad de las Américas, Puebla. Research professor at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.
  • Dr. Sandra Sumalla. Doctor in Health and Nutrition Projects in UNINI. Dean and professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences in UNEATLANTICO.
  • Dr. Joan Trabal. Doctor in Food and Nutrition, University of Barcelona. Professor from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Carolina Vargas. Doctor in Molecular and Cellular Nutrition from the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.
  • Dr. Francesco Visioli. Doctor in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, Università degli Studi di Milano.
  • Dr. Rosa Elena Yáñez. Doctorate in Nutrition and Metabolism, Rovira i Virgili University. Professor at UNINI.

Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) has created the following program: “Doctoral Scholarships” aimed at people with an excellent academic record. Other foundations, institutions and universities have joined this program.

This Doctoral scholarship program is aimed at the university teaching staff (with the objective of contributing to an increase in the percentage of Doctorates in universities). It is also aimed at professionals from the business and public administration world (for them to contribute in R&D departments and generate innovation).