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IBS Management: The Low FODMAP Diet

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Learn all you need to know about management of IBS & optimising patient outcomes

This course is designed for all health professionals and students.

You should be a health professional practicing or student studying one of the following disciplines: Dietetics, Nutrition, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Naturopathy.

To be eligible to undertake this course, you must also have a GI Institute Membership, create a membership account here

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects approximately one in seven people around the world, and health professionals have an important role in helping patients deal with this distressing condition.

This ten-week course from the GI Institute will equip you with everything you need to offer that support.

Delve into IBS diagnosis and the low FODMAP diet

The course starts with a comprehensive introduction to IBS including its pathophysiology and symptoms. You’ll learn how the Rome IV criteria and other tests are used in IBS diagnosis, how a positive IBS diagnosis is made in clinical practice, what FODMAP means, and why the low FODMAP diet is so widely recommended.

Our global expert presenters, encompassing both Gastroenterologist Dr William Chey and Registered Dietitians, will explore the nuances of IBS and the low FODMAP diet.

Study with the GI Institute’s world-renowned experts

GI Institute provides high-quality training on digestive health and diseases to health professionals around the world. With the support of the University of Michigan and the expertise of the GI Institute’s esteemed Advisory Panel, this course delivers truly exceptional education.

This course is designed for all health professionals and students interested in helping patients to deal with IBS. Doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists, dieticians, psychologists, and nurses are among those who will find it beneficial.

To take part in this course, you will need to register at and will need an internet browser.


  • Introduction & Overview of IBS | Physiology & Diagnosis
    • Course Run Details
    • Introducing Gastroenterologist Dr William Chey
    • Epidemiology of IBS
    • Pathophysiology of IBS
    • Diagnosis of IBS & Summary
    • Quiz
    • Conclusion & References
  • Dietary Management of IBS | Low FODMAP Diet Fundamentals
    • Introducing Registered Dietitian Andrea Hardy
    • Macronutrients and How They Influence IBS
    • What are FODMAPs?
    • How Do FODMAPs Contribute to IBS Symptoms?
    • What If The Low FODMAP Diet Doesn’t Work?
    • Conclusion
  • FODMAPs in Food | Distinguishing High and Low FODMAP Foods
    • Introducing Registered Dietitian Beth Rosen
    • Measuring FODMAP Content of Foods
    • FODMAP Cut-Off Values
    • Main Food Sources of FODMAPs
    • Gluten vs. Fructans
    • Factors Affecting FODMAP Content of Foods
    • Conclusion & References
  • Assessing Indications & Contraindications for the Low FODMAP Diet
    • Introducing Registered Dietitian Dr Stine Størsrud
    • Assessing Suitability for the Low FODMAP Diet
    • Contraindications For Use of the Low FODMAP Diet
    • Monitoring Dietary Intake & Symptoms
    • Alternative IBS Therapies
    • Conclusion & References
  • Implementing Phase 1 - Elimination Phase (Initial Low FODMAP Phase)
    • Introducing Registered Dietitian Emily Haller
    • Goals of the Elimination Phase & Managing Expectations
    • Low FODMAP Education Essentials & Assessing Patients
    • Essential Resources & Tools for IBS Patients
    • Conclusion & References
  • Reviewing Your Patient | Implementing Phase 2 – Challenge/Re-Introduction Phase
    • Introducing Registered Dietitian Kirsten Jackson
    • Troubleshooting the Low FODMAP Diet
    • Non-FODMAP IBS Triggers
    • The Rationale Behind Challenging FODMAPs
    • The FODMAP Reintroduction Process & Schedules
    • Conclusion & References
  • Liberalising Your Patients Diet | Implementing Phase 3 - Maintenance / Personalisation Phase
    • Introducing Accredited Practising Dietitian Rebecca Ponsford
    • Importance of Reintroducing FODMAPs and Liberalising the Diet
    • Implications of Long-term Adapted FODMAP Diets
    • Probiotics, Prebiotics & Digestive Enzymes
    • Conclusion & References
  • Nutrients at Risk When Following the Low FODMAP Diet
    • Introducing Registered Dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman
    • Overview of At-Risk Nutrients
    • Meeting Nutritional Needs on a Vegetarian Low FODMAP Diet
    • Signs of Dietary Inadequacy/Nutritional Deficiency
    • The Low FODMAP Diet, Gut Microbiome & Prebiotic Use
    • Risks & Contraindications of the Low FODMAP Diet and Summary
    • Conclusion & References
  • The Low FODMAP Diet for Other Conditions
    • Introducing Registered Dietitian Laura Manning
    • The Healthy Gut Microbiome
    • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Colic in Babies
    • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome & Endometriosis
    • Conclusion & References
  • Case Study Assessment
    • Case Study 1
    • Case Study 2
    • Case Study 3
    • Case Study 4

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