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

The successful completion of the Master's Degree in Physical Activity and Health Program will allow to obtain the degree of: MASTER IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH.

Diplomas will be awarded by the University where enrolled, with the patronage of the Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER).

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 LENGTHa
Part 1: Required Subjects 75 21
Part 2: Final Master Project 15 3
TOTAL 90 24

a. 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:

  • PART 1: 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:

# 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
  • PART 2: 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. 

# SUBJECTS CREDITS
1 Final Master Project 4,5

Management

Academic Administration

  • Dr. Sara Márquez Rosa. Professor of the Physical and Sports Education Area at the University of Leon. President of the Spanish Psychology Federation in Sports (SPFS).

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr. (c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo López Fuenzalida. Doctorate in Exercise Sciences from the University of Cordoba (Spain). Professor at the Ibero-American International.University.
  • Dr. Narcis Gusi Fuentes. Professor. Department of Didactics of Musical, Visual and Bodily of the University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. Alfredo Cordova Martinez. Professor of University College. Department of Physiology at the University of Valladolid.
  • Dr. Borja del Pozo Cruz. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity, sports performance and health. Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Olga Miller Gonzalez. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports.Graduate in Teaching. Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Enrique Garces of Los Fayos. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor in the Department of personality, evaluation and psychological treatment of the University of Murcia.
  • Dr. Alfonso Salguero del Valle. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity and Sports.Professor of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Javier Gonzalez Gallego. Professor of Physiology at the University of León. Director of the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of León.
  • Dr. Sara Marquez Rosa. Professor in the area of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León. President of the Spanish Federation of Psychology in Sports (FEPD).
  • Dr. Carlos González de Haro. Doctorate in sports performance from the University of Zaragoza. Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Zaragoza.
  • Dr. Carlos Pablos Abella. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Valencia.
  • Dr. Susana Martinez. Doctorate in Biology. Professor at the University of León.
  • Dr. Aurelio Olmedilla Zafra. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor of the Faculty of Sports Science at the Catholic University San Antonio of Murcia.
  • Dr. Francisco Ortin Montero. Doctorate in Sports Psychology. Professor in the Department of personality, evaluation and psychological treatment of the University of Murcia.
  • Dr. Gema Torres Luque. Doctorate in Sports Science. Professor at the Department of Didactics of musical, plastic and body expression of the University of Jaén.
  • Dr. Joseph A. de Paz Fernández. Doctorate in Medicine. Professor of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Ildefonso Alvear Ordenes. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity and Sports. Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. In José Enrique Sirvent Belando. Doctorate in Science (Nutrition and Food Science) at the University of Alicante. Associate Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Alicante.
  • Dr. José Gerardo Villa Vicente. Professor in the area of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Miguel Del Valle de Soto. Professor at the University of Oviedo. Director of the School of Sports Medicine at the University of Oviedo. Vice President of the Spanish Federation of Sports Medicine.
  • Dr. Nicolas Terrados Cepeda. Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery. Professor in the Department of Functional Biology at the University of Oviedo.
  • Dr. Nuria Garatachea Vallejo. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports. Assistant Professor. Dr. of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Zaragoza.
  • Dr. Pilar Sanchez Collado. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Susana Aznar Lain. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports. Professor in the Department of Didactics of Musical, Visual and Bodily at the University of Castilla La Mancha.
  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Doctorate in Biological Sciences at the Università delle Marche. General Director of the Area of Health and Nutrition of the Ibero-american University Foundation.
  • Dr. Francesco Visioli. Doctorate in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Brescia. Researcher in the Madrileño Instutute of Advanced Studies (IMDEA).
  • Dr. Hector Antonio Solano Lamphar. Academic Dean of the Ibero-American International University
  • Dr. Jose Manuel Figueroa. Doctor in Projects by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. Nadal Jose Garcia. Institute of Higher Education Pedraforca, Department of Education, Government of Catalonia, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja (Spain). Coordinator of the area of Bioethics at Funiber.
  • Dr. (c) Carmen Lili Rodriguez Velasco. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master's degree in occupational and organizational psychology.
  • Dr. (c) Irma Dominguez Azpiroz. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master in International Nutrition. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management. Academic Coordinator of the Area of Health and Nutrition at FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Sandra Sumalla Cano. Doctoral candidate in Projects. Master’s degree in International Nutrition. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management.
  • Dr. (c) Anna Marin Bachs. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master’s degree in International Nutrition.
  • Dr. (c) Amelia Stein. Doctoral candidate Science of Physical Activity and Sports by the University of León.
  • Dr. (c) Jose Alberto Frade-Martins Parraça. Doctoral candidate associated with the University of Extremadura. Professor of the Faculty of Health and Sports at the University of Evora, Portugal.
  • Dr. (c) Jose Maria Garcia Lafuente. Doctoral candidate of the Physiology Department at the University of Extremadura.

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.