Overweight and Obesity Management

Program Presentation

There is no doubt that nutrition is essential for a person's health. For this reason, there is an incresing need to take into account the importance of our present and future health.

The advances in science that support nutrition and biochemistry, molecular biology, pathophysiology, dietetics and bromatology makes nutrition a fascinating science. It is applied and modern, constantly changing and adapting to new times and discoveries. Also, its implications require looking not only through scientific eyes but also through human eyes.

For many years,the field of food and nutrition has taken second place in our society. It has not been granted the importance that it really has. Currently, we have a healthcare system based on curing illnesses; however, time has shown that prevention must take priority. The emphasis on curing illnesses, which has been the case so far, should be moved aside in order to achieve a more health-conscious society.

Economically, proper prevention programs help us to reduce current health care costs, now targeted mostly towards palliative or curative treatments. However, the incidence of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc., is increasing. This fact highlights the imperious need for action in preventive ways to curb the rise of its incidence and avoid complications derived from these diseases.

Therefore, the joint Overweight and Obesity Management Program provides those healthcare professionals interested in a specific, current and rigorous training in the prevention and treatment of overweightness and obesity. These diseases with a high prevalence in the current population, will be studied from a global and interdisciplinary perspective to facilitate the training of health teams capable of addressing both its prevention and treatment in comprehensive and coordinated ways.

Who is the programme for?

The Overweight and Obesity Management program is designed for:

  • Doctors and health professionals (University graduates in the field of health sciences) interested in nutrition and dietetics, mainly in the prevention and treatment of obesity.
  • People without a degree who wish to specialize in the fields of food1, overweightness and obesity.

Diploma

Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Overweight and Obesity Management.

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

Program Structure

The estimated duration of the Overweight and Obesity Management program is of 225 hours (22,5 credits).

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • This being a distance learning program, not subject to face-to-face classes, there is no specific date of initiation, which is why the student can finalize the enrolment process at any time, as long as there are available spaces in the program.
  • The maximum time available for the Program is 6 months. In this period of time, the student must have delivered all the evaluations corresponding to the subjects.

The credit structure of the Overweight and Obesity Management program is shown on the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Overweight and Obesity 12,5 4 125
2nd Part: Practical Exercises - Overweight and Obesity 10 2 100
TOTAL 22,5 6 225

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree.
b. Length in months.

Objectives

General Objectives

  • To provide advanced knowledge in food and nutrition as they relate to Overweight and Obesity Management.

Specific Objectives

  • To learn about the latest advancements and scientific studies by international experts in the fields of nutrition and obesity.
  • To become able to participate in the creation of a nutritional assessment program adapted to the needs of the patients with overweightness and obesity.
  • To become able to transmit adequate information on proper eating habits, as well as the negative consequences that may occur from not following them.
  • To provide students with the necessary tools to form their own criteria, to be able to assess if a dietary practice is coherent from a scientific point of view, or to form an opinion about different theories on obesity.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Overweight and Obesity Management program are:

  • Offering health professionals a specialiation as a compliment to their education and to help in their daily work.
  • Teaching programs to health employees, restoration services employees, information centers, civis centers, sports centers, etc..
  • Positions of responsibility in collective restoration businesses: colleges, catering, hotels, hospitals, geriatric center, etc..
  • Technical assessment in research and information programs and in the promotion of products to ensure the link between marketing, technology and research and development.
  • Related job positions in the food or pharmaceutical businesses.

Note: Professional practice is subject to each country’s legislations.

Study Plan

The Overweight and Obesity program has a curricular structure based on 2 formative parts that seek to place the student in a real frame according to a continuous change.

  • 1ST PART: SUBJECT (125 HOURS)

The Overweight and Obesity Management program is made up of one subject, structured according to a coherent pedagogical sequence, which is why the student must follow the chronological order established in the program.

In this manner, according to their professional needs and their previous education, the students will reach the main objective of the program: a complete, comprehensive and up-to-date education on overweight and obesity management.

1st PART: SUBJECT
# SUBJECTS CREDITS HOURS
1 Subject 12,5 125
  • 2ND PART: PRACTICAL EXERCISES - OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY MANAGEMENT (100 HOURS)

The last phase of the Overweight and Obesity Management program is designed for the student to carry out Practical Exercises – Overweight and Obesity Management.

The objective is to submit a document that shows the completion of the proposed exercises, applying the knowledge acquired through the study of the course materials in order to solve specific, real cases so the student can apply what was learned in the program in a practical way.

2nd PART: PRACTICAL EXERCISES - OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY MANAGEMENT
# SUBJECTS CREDITS HOURS
1 Practical Exercises 10 100

Nota: 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 Battino. Director of the Health and Nutrition Area of the Ibero-american University Foundation. Biochemical investigator and professor at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.
  • Dr. Javier González Gallego. Professor of Physiology at the University of León.
  • Dr. Fernando Mönckeberg Barros. Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Diego Portales University (Chile). President of the Corporation for Child Nutrition (COCN).
  • Dr. Adolfo Chávez. President of the Latin American Association of Nutrition. Head of the Department of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Education of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (NIMSandN) Salvador Zubirán (Mexico).
  • Dr. Antonio Gálvez del Postigo Ruiz. Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Esther Fuentes Marhuenda. Professor of the Miguel Hernández de Elche University.
  • Prof. Enrico Bertoli. Biochemical Professor and Director of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.
  • Dr. Luzmila Troncoso Corzo. Dean of the Faculty of Nutrition and Dietetics from the South Scientific University (Peru).

General Academic Coordination

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

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Adolfo Chávez. President of the Latin American Association of Nutrition. Head of the Department of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Education of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (NIMSandN) Salvador Zubirán (Mexico).
  • Dr. Javier Gonzalez Gallego. Professor of Physiology at the University of León. Director of the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of León.
  • Dr. Emilio Martinez of Vitoria. Director of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology at the University of Granada. Professor of Physiology and Professor of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Enrique Roche Collado. Professor in the Area of Nutrition and Food Science from the Miguel Hernández University. Deputy Director of the Institute of Bioengineering from the Miguel Hernández University.
  • Dr. Rafael Tojo Sierra. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Dr. Jordi Salas Salvadó. Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at the Rovira i Virgili University (Reus - Tarragona)
  • Dr. Guillermo Rodriguez Navarrete. Doctor of Pharmacy and Nutrition. Professor at the Ibero-American International University.
  • Dr. Rosa Solà Alberich. Professor of Medicine at the University Rovira i Virgili. Vice-Chancellor for Research and Relations with Health Institutions in the University Rovira i Virgili.
  • Dr. Magdalena Lopez Frías. Professor of Physiology University of Granada. Researcher at the Research Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology "Jose Mataix Verdú ".
  • Dr. Elena Garcia Garcia. Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Granada. A Bachelor's Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Murcia. Professor in the Area of Nutrition and Food Science from the Miguel Hernández University.
  • Dr. Margarita Sanchez Campos. Professor of Physiology and director of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Ascensión Marcos Sanchez. Research Professor of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (HCSR). Director of the Immunonutrition Group from the Department of Metabolism and Nutrition of the Frío Institute of the HCSR.
  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Director of the Area of Health and Nutrition at the Ibero-American University Foundation. Researcher and Professor of Biochemistry at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Scienza dell'Alimentazione.
  • Dr. Jose Mataix Verdu (EPD). Professor of Physiology at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Alfredo Entrala Bueno. Faculty Dean of Health Sciences. Director of the Department of Pathophysiology of Alfonso X El Sabio University.
  • Dr. Alfredo Martínez Hernández. Director of the Institute of Food Science at the University of Navarra.
  • Dr. Antonio M. Gálvez de Postigo Ruiz. Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Antonio Marco Chóver. Vice-president of the European Council for Medical Plurality (ECMP). Member of the Head Team of the International Society of Proteomic Studies (Brussels).
  • Dr. Iciar Astiasaran Anchia. Director of the Institute of Food Science and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Navarra.
  • Dr. Carlos Iglesias Rosado. Head of the Department of Nutrition at the Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio.
  • Dr. Virginia Motilva. Researcher and Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Elena Talero Barrientos. Researcher and Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Antonio Ayala Gómez. Lecturer and Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Mercedes Cano Garcia. Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. M. Carmen Garcia Grill. Lecturer and Professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. María Ángeles Fernández Arche. Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Jose Miguel Alvarez Suarez. Doctor in Food and Health. Professor of Toxicology, Pharmacology and Food Science of the Department of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Dr. Fermín Sanchez Medina Contreras. Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Fernando Gil González. Professor of Toxicology. Professor of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Francisco J. Perez Cano. Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona. Lecturer at the University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Gonzalo Morandé Lavin. Head of the Psychiatry and Psychology Service Unit at the Children's University Hospital Niño Jesús.
  • Dr. Jose Jesus Ruiz Joyanes. Medical Doctor and Surgeon. Master's degree in Biological Medicine, Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Medicine.
  • Dr. Jose Maldonado Lozano. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Llopis Juan Gonzalez. Professor of Physiology. Researcher at the Research Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology "Jose Mataix Verdú".
  • Dr. Juan Manuel Morillo. Doctor of Dentistry by the Complutense University of Madrid. Professor at the Department of Basic Sciences at the School of Nursing and Physical Therapy San Juan de Dios of the Pontificia Comillas University of Madrid.
  • Dr. Luis Garcia Torres. Professor of Physiology at the University of Granada. Professor of the University Institute of Neurosciences Research "Federico Oloriz".
  • Dr. Manuel Ramirez Sánchez. Professor of Physiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Marcos Mazzuka Petitta. Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the La Sapienza University. Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Medicine at the University of the East.
  • Dr. Nabil Benomar Elbakali. Professor of Microbiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Narcis Gusi. Doctor in Physiological Adaptations for Exercise by the University of Barcelona. Professor of Didactics of Plastic Musical Expression and Body from the University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. Pedro Bullón. President of the Conference of Dean Faculties of Dentistry in Spain. Professor of the Dentistry Faculty. University of Seville.
  • Dr. Santiago de la Rosa Iglesias. Chairman of the Committee on Herbal Medicine of the illustrious College of Physicians of Madrid (ICOMEM).
  • Dr. Assumpció Roset Elias. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Coordinator of the Health Education Program for the School of Education Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Dr. Elena Ortega Morente. Professor of Microbiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Esther Fuentes Marhuenda. A tenured faculty member in the area of Nutrition and Food Science of the University Miguel Hernández.
  • Dr. Hikmate Abriouel Hayani. Doctorate in Sciences. Contracted Research Staff (Ramón y Cajal program) at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Isabel Prieto Gómez. Professor of Physiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Magdalena Martínez Cañamero. Professor of Microbiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Margarida Castell Escuer. Professor of Physiology, University of Barcelona.
  • Dr. Margarita Sanchez Campos. Professor of Physiology. Deputy Director of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Mercedes Barrionuevo Diaz. Professor of Physiology. Professor of the School of Nutrition at the University of Granada.
  • Dr. Miriam Muñoz de Chávez (EPD). Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Education Department of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (NIMSandN) Salvador Zubiran.
  • Dr. Pilar Sanchez Collado. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Rosario Lucas López. Professor of Microbiology at the University of Jaen.
  • Dr. Rosaura Leis Trabazo. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Dr. Rosella Mazzuka de Marta. Teaching of the Universidad Santa María (Venezuela). Member of the CMAA, SITEC of Italy, SOVENIA and DAW of Venezuela, LINCA of Mexico and AVA of Barcelona.
  • Ms. Esther de la Paz. Secretary of the Commission of Consultant Herbalists of ICOMEM.
  • Dr. Jesus Antonio Meléndez Martinez. Researcher and Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, toxicology and Forensic Medicine at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Belén Gordillo Arrobas. Researcher and Professor of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Toxicology and Forensic Medicine at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. María Jesús Cejudo Bastante. Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Toxicology and Forensic Medicine at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Luisa Escudero Gilete. Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Toxicology and Forensic Medicine at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. (c) Jose Alberto Frade-Martins Parraça. Doctoral Candidate associated with the Department of Physiology at the University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. (c) Marilyn Montejo Berrios. Doctoral Candidate in Education. Professor at the South Scientific University. Collaborator of the Technical of the Dietary Course in the South Scientific University.
  • Dr. (c) Irma Dominguez Azpiroz. Doctoral Candidate in Education. International Master in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of León. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management by UNINI. Certified in Nutrition and Dietetics by the Univ. of Navarre.
  • Dr. (c) Sandra Sumalla Cano. Doctoral Candidate in Projects. International Master in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics from the University Rovira i Virgili. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management by UNINI. A Bachelor's Degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Barcelona. Certified in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Barcelona-CESNID.
  • Dr. (c) Anna Marin Bachs. Doctoral Candidate in Education. International Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of León. Certified in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Barcelona-CESNID.
  • Dr. (c) Iñaki Elio Pascual. Doctorate Candidate in Projects. Master's degree in Nutrition and Metabolism. University of Barcelona. Dietitian-Nutritionist from the Dietetics and Nutrition Clinic Unit of the Bellvitge University Hospital.
  • Dr. (c) Sandra Jarrin Motte. Doctoral Candidate in education by UNINI. Master in Biologico-Naturistas studies by the University of León. Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the South Scientific University.
  • Dr. (c) Lili Zavala Ciudad. Doctoral Candidate. Master in Technology and Food Control. Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the South Scientific University.
  • Dr. (c) Joan Trabal. Master's degree in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Barcelona. Dietitian-Nutritionist from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.
  • Dr. (c) Ricardo Jorge Guedes de Almeida. Doctoral student in education. Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

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