Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sports

Program Presentation

Good diet and sports are fundamental pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Its benefits have been widely supported by numerous research studies that show that a healthy diet and regular physical activity as part of the general population's lifestyle habits have a direct impact on a longer and higher quality of life.

In addition, athletes are increasingly aware of the importance of nutrition on their physical performance, recovery after exercise, and injury prevention/recovery. Ensuring the correct energy and nutritional intake adapted to the individual characteristics of the athlete, the sport discipline and the time of training or competition will guarantee better sporting performances as well as prevent injuries.

On the other hand, there are a great variety of food and sports myths that can jeopardize the health of the individual. In this sense, the program in Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sports enables to critically judge them and assess their scientific evidence.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed training methodology, together with the clarity, comprehensiveness and didactic design of the contents, allows the Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sports program to be aimed at all those professionals with an interest in physical activity and nutrition for health promotion, and performance nutrition and sport.

The Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sports program is aimed at:

  • University graduates who, due to their professional practice, wish to specialize in Nutrition, Dietetics and/or Sports.
  • Professionals without a university degree who have their own interest in Nutrition, Food, Dietetics, and Sports.

Diploma

Successful completion of the Program will award the degree of Specialization in NUTRITION AND DIETETICS APPLIED TO SPORTS.

After the program has been successfully completed, the student will receive the degree as issued by the University where they are enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated duration of the Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sports program is 9 months.

Concerning the distribution of time:

  • Since it is an online program and not subject to classroom-based courses, there is no specific starting date, for which the student can formalize their enrollment at any moment, as long as there is available space.
  • The maximum time available for completing this Program is 9 months. During this period, the student must have passed all the evaluations corresponding to the program Course.

The credit structure of the Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program is as follows:

Module Creditsa Durationb Hours
Subjects 45 9 450
TOTAL 45 9 450

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree. One (1) ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit is equivalent to 10 + 15 hours. The relationship between credits and hours may vary for those students in the Program who are enrolled in a University not belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
b. Duration in months

Objectives

General Objective

  • Recognizing the importance of nutrition and physical activity as pillars of a healthy lifestyle, and of nutrition as an essential part of an athlete's training. 

Specific Objectives

  • Strengthening the conceptual foundations of nutrition, physical activity, and sport sciences.
  • Assessing the role of physical activity and nutrition in health promotion. 
  • Analyzing how optimal dietary planning and proper physical training are necessary for maintaining the athlete's health and meeting their sporting demands. 
  • Having accurate, up-to-date and evidence-based information regarding ergogenic aids and doping.
  • Highlighting the most frequent eating disorders in the sports context.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sports program are the following:

  • Collaborator in high-performance sports centers, fitness/wellness chains, clubs, and sports centers. 
  • Advisor on nutritional and sports aspects to physically active people or athletes.
  • Advisor in the Research and Development (R&D), Marketing or Quality departments of companies related to food, nutrition and sports.
  • Disseminator and creator of knowledge in formal and non-formal education programs aimed at different communities.
  • Commercial for companies related to sports nutrition and sports. 

Study Plan

The Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sports Program is structured in 10 subjects, which despite being relatively independent of each other, are structured according to a coherent pedagogical order, by which the student must follow the chronological order.

The corresponding subjects and credits are shown in the following table:


Note: The subject content may be subjected to slight modifications due to updates and improvements.

Management

Academic Administration

  • Dr. Maurizio Antonio Battino. Researcher in Biochemistry and professor in the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione. Professor at the Università Politecnica delle Marche. Scientific Director of the European University of the Atlantic. 

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr. Álvaro Velarde. Sports Area Coordinator.
  • Dr. (c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator.
  • Dr. (c) Anna Marín. Coordinator in the Nutrition Area.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Javier González. Chair Professor of Biology at the University of Leon. Director of the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of León.
  • Dr. José Antonio de Paz Fernández. Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Salamanca. Head Professor at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. José Enrique Sirvent. Doctorate in Sciences (Nutrition and Bromatology) from the University of Alicante. Associate Professor of the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition, and Bromatology of the University of Alicante.
  • Dr. Juan Francisco Mielgo. Doctor in Biomedical Research and a Master in Nutrition and Health from the University of the Basque Country.
  • Dr. Osvaldo Costa Moreira. Doctorate in Sport and Physical Activity Sciences, University of León. Professor at the University of Federal de Viçosa
  • Dr. Andrea Arreguín. Doctor and Master's Degree in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition from the University of the Balearic Islands. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Claudia Eliza Patrocinio. Doctorate in Sport and Physical Activity Sciences, University of León. Professor at the University of Federal de Viçosa
  • Dr. Pilar Sánchez Collado. Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Salamanca. Full Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Area of Physiology at the University of León.
  • Dr. Priscilla Almeida. Doctor in Biomedicine, University of Zaragoza. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Rosa Elena Yáñez. Doctorate in Nutrition and Metabolism, Rovira i Virgili University. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Susana Martínez. Doctor in Biology from the University of León. Professor at the University of León and the European University of the Atlantic.
  • Dr. Carlos González Haro. Doctor in Sports Performance, University of Zaragoza. Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine of Zaragoza.
  • 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. César Octavio de Loera. Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences. Professor at the University of Guadalajara.
  • Dr. (c) Alba Moreno. Doctoral Candidate in Health and Psychology from the Autonomous University in Madrid. Master's Degree in Multidisciplinary Intervention in Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Emotional Disorders from the University of Valencia.
  • Dr. (c) María Soledad Arribalzaga. D. candidate in Health, Disability, Dependency and Welfare at the University of León. Master's Degree in Sports Training and Nutrition from the European University of Madrid.
  • Dr. (c) Thania Candelaria Chio. Doctoral candidate in Education. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University and collaborating universities.
  • 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
  • M. Ester Rodríguez Montoliu. Master in Social Coaching for Motivation and Change Processes. Director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department of NUT & FIT.
  • M. Laura Martín. Master in International Health and Cooperation and Expert in Communication and Digital Marketing in Health. Food Quality Consultant/Auditor. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Lic. Rodrigo Bello González. Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sport. Specialized in training and health.

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.