Researchers dedicated to improving population nutrition through public policies
Given the nutritional challenges facing the country, such as the high prevalence of overweight and obesity, stunted growth and anemia, and the decline in breastfeeding practices, Mexico requires health professionals to guide research and develop public policies to improve the nutritional health of the population.
In response to this reality, the Center for Nutrition and Health Research (CINyS) created a Doctorate in Science in Nutrition Population, to train researchers and teachers to identify nutrition problems, study its determinants, and influence them through the design and evaluation of actions to generate evidence to support national health programs.
The Program Coordinator’s perspective
Dr. Teresita Gonzalez de Cosio, CINyS researcher and coordinator of the Doctorate program, explained that after several years of considering the need for this program, in 2008 they began the doctoral design focusing on developing the necessary skills for students to be able to identify and resolve malnutrition problems in large population groups.
"In Mexico, there are only a handful of professionals trained to do this, which is what motivated us to develop this specific PhD. In order to gain the perspective of internationally recognized colleagues in the area of nutrition and related sciences, we sent a survey and in-depth interviews presenting our ideas for the purpose of the program, as well as the desired profiles of applicants and graduates. Through this valuable exercise, we obtained an important feedback for the program design.
It took about a year to develop the whole program: the graduate profile and, based on this data, we developed the profile of the applicant, the specific and transverse skills, as well as the teaching units for their development.
In designing the Doctorate Program, great care was taken to cover all competencies within the teaching units.
The first generation began in 2009, and in 2010 the program was accepted as part of the CONACyT, Standard of Excellence Program, thus all doctorate students have scholarships. "
Regarding the student profile, Dr. Gonzalez de Cosio states that all the students are guaranteed to have the training and experience required to participate in the program and graduate:
"There are male and female students from different states of Mexico and several Latin American countries in the Doctorate program, and many have training in nutrition. However, our graduate program is not only open to nutrition experts, in fact, we target other professionals such as economists, lawyers, sociologists, biochemists and biotechnologists among others, to integrate into the academic program, because malnutrition is a multidisciplinary problem with determinants and implications not only in the field of health, but in the social, economic and psychological fields as well and as such requires a coordinated effort."
The student experience
Edgar Gutierrez is a graduate of the Master of Science in Nutrition at the INSP and is currently a second-generation student of the Doctorate in Science in Nutrition Population.
To share his experience, DeNova explains that after obtaining his Masters degree, and after three years as a researcher at the Center for Research in Medical Sciences UAEMex, he realized the need to continue with his education to delve into the various disciplines that are critical to analyze the wide-range impact of health problems on individuals and populations.
"When I decided to continue my education, the Doctorate in Science in Nutrition Population was my best option: the curricula paired well with my needs as a young researcher, not to mention the quality of teachers, who have a great national and international track record. Besides this Doctorate encourages its students to have a significant impact on their societies and creates opportunities for exchange and cooperation with other institutions and groups working abroad with strong interest to improve our education.”
“As a student, my experience at the INSP has been inspirational: I have acquired an excellent education in the field of public health, I have strengthened my abilities with new methodological tools in the areas of design, monitoring and evaluation of programs and policies, and advanced epidemiology and biostatistics, among other equally important disciplines. Finally, this PhD has prepared me to generate and disseminate evidence in the field of public health to help improve the nutritional status of our population. "
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