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edX Nutrition and Health: Human Microbiome

Wageningen University via edX

  • Overview
  1. edX
    Platform:
    edX
    Provider:
    Wageningen University
    Length:
    6 weeks
    Effort:
    3-5 hours a week
    Language:
    English
    Credentials:
    Paid Certificate Available
    Overview
    Your body is not only made up of human cells, but also by trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Together they make up the human microbiome and have a tremendous impact on your health. For example, what you eat and drink impacts the microbiome.

    In this course, you will learn how the human microbiome plays an important role in maintaining normal gut function, digesting certain nutrients, early life development, behavior and, disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity and diabetes. You will learn how to distinguish fact from fiction about the role of the microbiome in health and disease.

    Today, important research topics focused on nutrition, health and ageing lay within the study of microbiota composition, function and applicability. This course will help health care professionals gain a basic academic understanding of the human microbiome and the impact on people’s health. You'll discover the latest academic insights about food fibers, added bacteria and microbiology. This knowledge can be applied by health care professionals in their daily practice because gut health is a hot topic, not only among researchers, but especially for health care professionals and consumers alike. Many patients with allergic issues struggle with gut health. Emerging research is connecting an imbalance of the microbiota in the gut microbiome to multiple disease states, including allergies. When finishing this course, you will know about the latest acdemic insights and how to apply them in your daily work.

    What you'll learn
    In this course you’ll learn that the human microbiome plays an important role in maintaining normal gut function, digesting certain nutrients, early life development, behavior and, disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity and diabetes. Discover the complexity in maintaining a balanced healthy life and learn:
    • How to study the microbiome
    • How microbiota impact your health
    • Healthy ageing and microbiota
    • The relation between diet, genes and microbiota
    • Microbial therapies and diagnostics
    • How academic knowledge about the microbiome is important for policy makers, medical doctors, non-profit organizations and industry
    Syllabus
    Module 1: The human microbiome
    This module includes topics like: how to study the microbiome, microbiota for health and the human microbiome

    Module 2: Early life microbiota development
    This module includes topics like: development of the microbiome, microbiome and health, life changing events, personal microbiota development

    Module 3: Microbiota and Ageing
    This module includes topics like: healthy ageing, including centenarians, diet and longevity; and ageing related diseases such as immunescene

    Module 4: Microbiota diet and disease
    Topics in this module include: nutrition, diet and genes and obesity

    Module 5: Microbial therapies and diagnostics
    This module includes topics like: microbial therapies, personalized therapies and diagnostics.

    Module 6: Applicability and societal impact
    This module includes topics like: applicability of the microbiome in medical therapy, pharmacy, nutritional companies, probiotic production and the food chain. We also go in to some examples of host microbiota interactions

    Taught by
    Clara Belzer

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