Master in Physical Activity and Health

Program Presentation

Physical activity, both at the Professional and amateur level is becoming increasingly important because of the health benefits to those who practice it. It is important, however, that this should be properly planned and developed to get the best results.

It is important for the professionals involved in issues of sport to have the necessary knowledge to ensure that its practice is adapted to each person, taking into account and mastering the aspects related to it, as is the adequate nutrition and the athlete’s psychological well-being.

The Master's program in Physical Activity and Health is designed for all of those professionals that seek to deepen their knowledge of physical activity and all aspects that relate to its correct planning, implementation and evaluation.

It also aims to educate on a few values and attitudes in sports, which maximize the knowledge and development of the course, in order to obtain the best possible results. To do this, the program provides the necessary knowledge to identify all the factors involved in this discipline.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed training methodology, coupled with the clarity, depth and teaching method of the content design, enables to direct the Master’s Degree in Physical Activity and Health Program to all those professionals graduates or licensed in physical education, professors, professionals in the health sciences and all others who wish enrich any undergraduate or graduate training with topics related to physical activity, nutrition applied to sports and sports-related design and planning.

Diploma

Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Master in Physical Activity and Health.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

Estimated duration for the completion of the Master’s Degree in Physical Activity and Health Program is 2 years.

Regarding study time allocations, it is established that:

  • Being an Online Program and not being subjected to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that the student can enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • For academic and educational reasons it is required a minimum Program attendance of at least 6 months.
  • Maximum time limit to complete the course is 24 months. During this period of time, the student must submit all corresponding course evaluations.

Credit structure for the Master’s Degree in Physical Activity and Health Program is as follows:

  CREDITS DURATIONb
1st Part: Required Subjects 75 21
2nd Part: Final Master Project 15 3
TOTAL 90 24

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree
b. Duration in months.

Objectives

General Objective

  • To provide knowledge on the structure and function of the human body and nutrition applied to sport, as well as of the principles of sports training and planning.

Specific objectives

  • Acquire a global view of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, its metabolism and changes during physical activity.
  • Know and apply methods of nutritional assessment and body building to athletes.
  • Obtain knowledge of nutrition and dietetics, food features, available ergogenic aid, and be able to design nutritional plans according to the type of physical exercise to be performed.
  • Identify the psychological factors involved in sports performance and eating disorders in sport, as well as their diagnosis and treatment.
  • Know the basics of training and sports techniques and develop the capacity to plan, implement, and evaluate training plans.

Career Opportunities

Some of the Career Opportunities for the Master’s Degree in Physical Activities and Health Program are the following

  • Professionals who wish to specialize in Sports Nutrition topics.
  • Professionals who work in gymnasiums, fitness centers, health clubs, sports associations and federations, and wish to learn about Nutrition.
  • Leisure and Free Time Monitors
  • Coaches and trainers for Sport Teams

Study Plan

The Master’s Degree in Physical Activity and Health is divided in two parts, which are described below:

  • 1st PART: REQUIRED SUBJECTS

This first part describes the basis of knowledge of the human body in the context of sports, as well as the development of the relationship of physical activity and health for various physiological and pathological situations.

The courses that make this part, are shown in the following table:

1st PART: REQUIRED SUBJECTS
# SUBJECTS CREDITS
1 Human Body Structure and function 4,5
2 Kinanthropometry 2,5
3 Contextualization of Physical activity and Exercise in the Health framework 6,5
4 Sports Psychology 5
5 Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity in Health 9
6 Basic Aspects of Nutrition 5
7 Nutrition and Physical Activity 5
8 Ergogenic Aids 4,5
9 Control and Prescription of Physical Activity 5
10 Physical Activity for Health in different diseases 11
11 Physical Activity in children and adolescents 5
12 Physical Activity in Seniors 7
13 Scientific Research Methodology 5
TOTAL 75
  • 2nd PART: FINAL MASTER PROJECT

The last phase of the program consists of a Final Master Project which can be started prior to the end of Part 1: Required Subjects, since at that time the student will have developed the knowledge needed to begin work on the Final Master Project.

Its aim is to submit a complete document that shows the total scope of the proposed project, and the possibilities of its specific implementation, according to the guidelines and details of the Master’s Degree Project as presented.

The project must be a contribution to some of the fields studied or its relationship, both theoretical and applied, regarding the related doctrines, theories and disciplines.

In addition it must be based on “Guidelines for the Preparation of Final Master’s Degree Project “document that the student will receive in the first installment of the course content’s teaching material.

2nd PART: FINAL MASTER PROJECT
# SUBJECTS CREDITS
1 Final Master Project 15
TOTAL 15

Note: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made.

Management

Academic Administration

  • Dr. Maurizio Antonio Battino. Researcher in Biochemistry and professor in the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione. Professor in the Università Politecnica delle Marche.

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr. Álvaro Velarde Sotres. International Coordinator of the Sports Area.
  • Dr. (c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator of Health Areas.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Amélia Cristina Stein. Doctorate in Sport and Physical Activity Sciences, University of León. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Jana María Gallardo Pérez. International Doctorate in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Associate Professor at the University Camilo José Cela.
  • Dr. Nuria Garatachea. Doctor of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. Professor from the University of Saragossa.
  • Dr. Sara Márquez. Professor in the Area of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Leon. President of the Spanish Federation of Sports Psychology (FEPD).
  • Dr. Sonsoles Hernandez. Doctor with International Mention in Biomedicine from the University of Granada. Specialized in physical exercise for people with chronic diseases and transplants.
  • Dr. Susana Aznar. Doctor in Sport and Exercise Science Professor in the University of Castilla La Mancha.
  • Dr. Alberto Pérez López. Doctor of the Health Sciences from the University of Alcalá. Specialized in the Physiology of Exercise.
  • Dr. Álvaro Velarde Sotres. Doctor in Health Projects. Master in Prevention and Retraining of Sports Injuries. Master's Degree in Teacher Training in the Specialty of Physical Education. Graduated in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic. Doctor in Health Projects from the International Iberoamerican University. 
  • Dr. Antonio Jesús Bores. Doctorate in Sport and Physical Activity Sciences. Professional physical trainer and professor at the European University of the Atlantic.
  • Dr. Archit Navandar. Doctor in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Professor at the European University of Madrid.
  • Dr. Borja del Pozo Cruz. Doctor in Physical Activity and Public Health and Master in Physical Activity and Health from Pablo Olavide University.
  • Dr. Carlos Lago Fuentes. Doctor in Sports Science, Physical Education and Healthy Physical Activity from the University of Vigo. Academic Director of the Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at the European University of the Atlantic.
  • Dr. Felipe García Pinillos. International Doctorate in Sport and Physical Activity Sciences, University of Jaen. Professor at the European University of the Atlantic.
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel Rojo Tirado. Doctor in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid Teaching and Research Staff of the Degree in Sports Science.
  • Dr. Narcís Gusi Fuentes. Professor. Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression of the University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. Pedro Angel Latorre. Doctor in Physical Education from the University of Granada. Head Professor at the University of Jaén.
  • Dr. Roberto Silva Piñeiro. Doctor by the University of Santiago de Compostela. Professor of physical activity for children and gerontology at the University of Vigo.
  • Dr. (c) Josep Alemany. Josep Alemany Iturriaga. Doctoral candidate in Education. Extensive professional experience as a basketball coach. Professor of the Technical Committee of the Catalan Basketball Federation.
  • Dr. (c) Leonardo de Jesús Hernández Cruz. Doctoral student in Education at the International Iberoamerican University. Master’s Degree in Physical Activity. Professor at the International University do Cuanza
  • Dr. (c) Martín Barcala Furelos. Doctoral student in Physical Activity, Physical Education, and Sports at the Pontifical University of Salamanca. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. (c) José Alberto Frade-Martins Parraça. Doctoral student associated to the University of Extremadura. Professor at the Faculty of Health and Sport at the University of Evora, Portugal.
  • Dr. (c) Víctor Luis Escamilla Galindo. University Master in Evaluation and Physical Training for Health, University of Zaragoza. Graduated in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.
  • Dr. (c) María Fernanda Figueroa. Doctoral student of the Physical Activity and Sport program at the International Iberoamerican University. Master's degree in Strategic Sports Management from the University of Barcelona. Degree in Sports Management. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • M. Javier Ajiba Orozco. Master in Personal Training by the University of Granada. 
  • Lic. Carlos Dávila Romero. Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sport.
  • Gema Torres Luque. Pedraforca Secondary School, Department of Education, Generalitat de Catalunya, L'Hospitalet del Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.