Nutrition and Wellness Education Programs in Mexico
  • Country  Mexico



    The Nutrition and Wellness Bachelor Program

    The Nutrition and Wellness Bachelor Program of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey is a 5 year program that consists of 7 semesters and 6 trimesters. During the first three semesters, the student gathers the basic knowledge in anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biology with courses such as: chemical basis of metabolism and physiology, cell biology, research and technology in health sciences, nutrition and exercise basis, biostatistics, metabolism and functional biochemistry, developmental biology, principles of health management, microbiology and parasitology, musculoskeletal and digestive systems, biocontrol systems and exercise physiology. During this fundamental period, the students share the classroom with other health mayors such as physicians and surgeons, dentists, nursing, biomedical engineer and bachelor in management of health systems with the objective to learn to work in a multidisciplinary team.

    After this crucial period, students commence their formation in five distinct areas: community nutrition, food sciences, wellness, investigation and clinical nutrition. From fourth to seventh semester they have courses such as: community, exercise and life cycle, nutrition and life cycle, food chemistry, clinical nutritional assessment, food assessment and planning lab, methodology of physical activity, clinical propaedeutic, diet assessment and planning, health psychology, global health and preventive medicine, design of physical exercise programs, nutrition and nutrigenomics, food sciences, research and intervention programs in nutrition and physical exercise, obesity and metabolic syndrome, nutrition therapy in eating disorders, nutrition therapy in obesity and metabolic syndrome and alimentary services administration.

    The final part of the bachelor program consists of 6 trimesters during which clinical nutrition is thoroughly revised. This last year and a half consists of 4 core trimesters and 2 elective trimesters. The core trimesters are divided in pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine and gynecology, obstetrics and geriatrics. And the elective trimesters are used for national or international rotation in which the student chooses one of the 5 areas seen throughout the bachelor program (clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food sciences, wellness or investigation).

     

    The Nutrition and Wellness Clinical Bachelor Program

    The Nutrition and Wellness Clinical Bachelor Program of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey is a 5 year program that consists of 7 semesters and 6 trimesters. The first 7 semesters, students acquire basic knowledge and commence their formation in 5 specific nutrition areas: community nutrition, food sciences, wellness, investigation and clinical nutrition. In the final part of the clinical bachelor program, the students focus during 6 trimesters mainly in clinical nutrition and practical experience. This last year and a half consists of 4 core trimesters and 2 elective trimesters which are used for national and international rotations.

    The 4 core trimesters are divided in 1) Pediatrics; 2) Surgery; 3) Internal medicine; and 4) Gynecology, Obstetrics and Geriatrics. During this final period, the students have daily exposure to clinical nutrition and practical experience 35% (20 hours per week) of the curricular time by visiting 9 different private and public hospitals or institutions in Monterrey, Mexico. In order to evaluate the students’ development, there is an evaluation system that gathers and grades the activities the students perform during the trimester, activities such as: nutritional interventions, institutions/hospitals’ evaluations, etc.

    The 2 elective trimesters consist of practical experience 100% of the time. For these periods, students choose one or two of the 5 areas seen throughout the bachelor program (clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food sciences, wellness or investigation), then they apply to hospitals or institutions throughout the country and the world to do their 2 elective trimesters. Around 45% of the students have international experience by doing either 1 or 2 elective trimesters in countries such as United States (Houston, North Carolina, New York, Dallas, Michigan, San Diego), Brazil (Campinas, Porto Alegre), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Germany, and Guatemala among others. The rest of the students do national or local electives in places such as México, D.F., Guadalajara, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Coahuila and Monterrey.