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.
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
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.