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Online Course

Nutrition and Health: Human Microbiome

Wageningen University via edX

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $49 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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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 gut microbes of the human gut 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 gut microbiota 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 human health. You'll discover the latest academic insights about food fibers, added bacteria, probiotics 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.

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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I had scant knowledge on this subject and I needed the basic information laid out in this course to build my understanding of the microbiome and the promising research coming out of this new field of study. With so much misinformation and sensationalized advertising about the human microbiome on social media, this course is providing important and timely information for me. I work with people living with type 2 diabetes and I hope the microbiome studies can lead to better outcomes. The last breakthrough in diabetes of all types was the discovery of insulin. I hope the microbiome studies lead us to the next big breakthrough.
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I loved the subject and the level of proficiency required was similar in what I have experienced in other university subjects even those attended on campus. However I found the lecturer hard to follow due to her accent and my ADHD and Dyslexia and found I had to listen to the videos more than once.

I also had to read and ponder the questions to fully understand what was being asked and got a couple wrong as I knew the answer but mis-read the question.

The test questions after each video was perfect for me as it helped me find my errors before the graded questions. All in all I really enjoyed it and would do another
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This course is excellent in giving basic information about microbiome. I study naturopathy in Paris. We study mainly the link between microbiome and food and life style. Through this course, I learn about the different kind of bacteria in the guts, the development of microbiome throughout life, etc. These knowledge are so useful to me. Thank you very much for the course. I am on the audit track because I do not need a certificate. But I appreciate very much your course as that help to disseminate this important information to many people.
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This course is things me things about my body that I didn't know existed. I'm happy to learn about microbiota and its role in our health. It really is serving as a great educational tool for me to be able to help others, too. I also appreciate the fact that they made it available as a free course for informational purposes. UDelft is really performing a great public service.
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The course is really good, easy to understand and fool of interesting information. I enjoyed how the videos were structured and the assignments were pretty simple. I just wish some of the tasks didn't involve collecting data about products, since not everyone has time to do it. A art from that, tha course is really good.
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WageningenX is top rated in my book. I can't believe the fantastic job they did in presenting this course. The information is phenomenal and is so helpful to everyone - for free! Thank you for this great public service.
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I was expecting a slight more detailed content, especially related to nutrition (micro). But it was a good course nonetheless and good for starters into the topic.

Thank you for putting it out there.
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It's a very interesting and complete course. It contains a lot of lessons and lectures about microbiota, diseases, therepies, etc.
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I had to this this course for one of my subjects at University. I like this course very much because it has been set up well to follow in short bits. That means that you can focus really well on what is said, because each individual subject isn't very long. Furthermore I like the way that the exercises are given after each lesson. That makes you just think one more time about what has just been said, and that clarifies for me what the most important things were about the lesson.

Thank you for the possibility to follow this great course, I will finish this soon and learned much about the microbiota.

Many thanks!
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I find this course very informative, well prepared and compellingly delivered. I've learned a lot about health issues relate to microbiome and intestinal health, and I've also learned how to wisely choose food (prebiotic, probiotic and symbiotic) to stimulate growth of good bacteria, and keep balance among different groups of bacteria. The study of microbiome is a very promising filed of science, that can bring a lot of benefits to the individuals and the societies as a whole.
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Thank you very much for possibility to study this subject . I have some background in Gut Microbiota but this course brings the latest breakthrough information about the role of microbiota in human health and diseases. Very captivating story about gut microbes and excellent presentation of scientific information. All my expectations from the course were met. Some misunderstanding which I had before this course was successfully clеared up. Thank you again.
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The course is thorough with lots of relevant information, and as I have a passion in the subject I find it very interesting. The only issue for me is that the main presenter, although obviously very sweet and knowledgeable, does have a language barrier, so sometimes it can be difficult to understand the point, or phrases can be grammatically confusing. But if you have the time and patience to work it out, I feel it is a great course.
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This course gives a very nice overview on the subject of the human microbiome. I believe this is very interesting for anything in nutritional sciences, microbiology, medicine and pharmaceutical sciences. This topic is only gonna increase in importance the coming years, so the basics have to be familiar for people working in related fields.
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Nice course that takes into account several aspects of the microbiota. Focussing on the development, interaction with the immune system, related disease and its treatment potential. If you are new to this topic this is a great choice for an online MOOC. It is easy to follow, but you still acquire new information using real life examples.
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The videos make the class curriculum easy to understand, and the assignments help retain the key points from the video lectures. I like how connected the modules are; the knowledge I gain form the second and third module will also be applicable to later modules.
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I learned a lot from taking this course. The teacher explains the topics in each module clearly. She also uses a good and effective visuals and animation that help in understanding the topics. Thank you.
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I think the course is really good, with good videos.

I understand the importance of student participation etc. however, the think the amount of questions/assignments can be reduced.
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La manera en la que el curso te enseña es entretenida con contenidos muy buenos. Me ha gustado mucho. Un aspecto a cambiar es lo del porcentaje que te hace falta pasa pasar.
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Very good and elaborate course, it was useful for me. I would recommend continuing, going into more detail. For example personalized diet and therapies
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the language used is very understandable even for a non professional individual. Alot of matters have been explain with good examples.
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