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Wageningen University

Nutrition and Health: Human Microbiome

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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 the MOOC Nutrition and Health: Human Microbiome, 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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  • Anonymous
    Over the last months I’ve taken the verified track of the Microbiome course and successfully completed it with a certificate. Overall, it was an interesting course that added to my understanding of the human microbiome and it’s (possible) role in he…
  • A great class! It is meant for medical professionals and students. Still, it is very useful for anyone interested in understanding various facets of the human microbiome. It is a very important health topic and everyone will benefit from learning a…
  • Anonymous
    Not the best course. The course feels sloppy, unacademic and lacks impact. Given Wageningen's reputation, I had expected better from them. Below an eleboration on my opinion: - Many small mistakes in the videos. In the videos about aging for exampl…
  • Very informative, relevant, easy to understand and easily applicable to improve personal health by altering diet that support healthy gut microbiome.
  • i learned alot through this course. I gained new insight about the importance of keeping the gut microbiota "healthy". This healthy condition apparently can be manipulated by certain type of diets e.g probiotic, prebiotics, synbiotic, and even post biotic.
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed some of the content in this course, but it was not what I expected. I expected this course to have a more practical use, and to learn more about diet plans and other methodologies in order to improve your gut health. There are barely any o…
  • The microbiome course is a very insightful one that has really opened my eye. it was a new area to me but I am now knowledgeable in terms of its functions to the human body especially children who are born term, I also know the effects it has on wom…
  • This is an awesome MOOC! I've learned a lot about the human microbiome, including information on how to be healthier by making my microbiota happy. I would definitely recommend this MOOC to all the nutrition, health and biological sciences enthusiasts.
  • Hi everyone,
    One of the masterpieces of Wageningen University, the information is interesting and of real value.
    Thank you, Dr. Clara Belzer and everyone who contributed to this wonderful course.
    Ibrahim Almatari
  • Interesting course about the microbiome in the gut; it's a new field of study and there is plenty more to learn about it in the future.
  • Anonymous
    I had an amazing time doing this MOOC, It perfectly blended in with what I needed and I found myself really interested in all the topics.
    Topics are clearly and nicely explained, with videos that perfectly demonstrate the topic and help to give the viewers a better understanding of the subject. After that, using the self-test questions really helps to really remember the material, by asking you to repeat what you just learned. All in all, I think this course was really enjoyable and well-done and I would recommend it to everyone that is interested in microbiology and health!
  • Anonymous
    Compared to the other MOOC's of the WUR, this MOOC was very superficial. It hardly contained detailed information how microbiota work in the gut, which microbiota live in the gut and it didn't tell in detail about the anatomy of the gut. Dr. Clara B…
  • Anonymous
    Nice course with more scientific information about human microbiome and nutrition. The gut microbiome, primarily composed of bacteria, archaea, viruses, and fungi, interacts with the food we consume, influencing nutrient absorption, metabolism, and even our dietary preferences. Microbes break down complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that our own digestive enzymes cannot fully process, producing short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), vitamins, and other bioactive compounds that benefit our health.
  • Anonymous
    Good beginner's course on the microbiome. Gives a good overview of the topic without going into too much detail or science, but presents the state of the current scientific knowledge on the subject, including e.g. on therapeutic uses of probiotics. The information is presented in a clear, easy to follow, and well-structured manner.
    If you already know the basics of the topic, this course may be too general for you.
  • Anonymous
    This course provides insights into a topic not yet well known by people; it looks promising for building a healthy life. Practical advice for daily actions on what constitutes and maintains a healthy intestine are welcome, e.g. nutrition, lifestyle and environment. Conversely,the threats to the healthy macrobiota are to be presented as well, e.g. nutriotion, lifesyle and medicaments.
  • Anonymous
    Though the contents of the course is interesting, I find the quality of the clips not as high as I expected.
    The teacher speaks very quickly and often stumbles over words. I often have to pause the clips to read the text again before I understand what exactly is meant. The slides are not very supportive of the narration. In addition, I miss structure and overview of the material.
  • Anonymous
    Course is informative specially about the fecal transmissi9n which was new to me, I have gained more insights about how the fecal transmission occurs in the patients dealing with recurring disease.

    The gut microbiome of diabetes type 2, was also very informative and the information was new that how Akkermansia munciphilia is missing in the microbiome of those patients.
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    Christos Balkamos
    I did the course for my personal benefit and the pleasure of knowledge. I have taken also other courses from the Wageningen Uni, so I had an idea what to expect, but this course was the best learning experience so far. Excellent teacher, organised modules and curriculum and as always the exam needs effort to pass. Thanks to all the contributors of the course!
  • Anonymous
    The module gives information about the development of microbiota and diseases related to an unhealthy microbiome. I learned a lot about the different species and how they can be influenced. Wageningen university created easy to follow video's for everyone to understand. I really enjoyed following this course.
  • Anonymous
    I am happy that I completed the human microbiome course, and thank you to those in charge of it. The information was very important and of great scientific and health value.
    And I learned that nutrition plays a major role in the formation of the human microbiome, and after that the diseases that people get
    The environment, the method of birth, the affluent society, the way of eating... all have a role in creating a completely different microbiome

    Thanks

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