Gut Microbiome Management

Gut Microbiome Management

Course Code BSC311
Qualification Statement of Attainment
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 100

This is a life changing online course that teaches management of the gut microbiome for superior wellbeing.


Learn to manage the gut microbiome for improved health outcomes, with practical strategies and approaches to health.

• recognise signs of dysbiosis - where the gut microbiome is not efficient or is out of balance.
• understand how the microbiome functions
• come up with strategies and approaches which can be implemented into a focused plan for improving health
• Describe how genetics influence the gut microbiome and how the use of metagenomics and metabolomics has enhanced our understanding of its functioning.
• Distinguish influencing factors on microbial colonies, which produce good or bad outcomes on human health.
• Explain how the gut can be managed to achieve good health, thus avoiding dysbiosis.
• Distinguish common diseases of the GI tract, the role of immunity in fighting gastrointestinal disease and advances in microbiome treatments of disease.
• Explain the effect diet and nutrition has on the gut microbiome.
• Explain the gut-brain axis and how it affects our mood, behaviour, and mental health.
• Analyse and combine theory with functional strategies to enhance microbiome diversity and abundance.

Gut microbiome management is for people who:

  • need more energy
  • suffer chronic pain conditions
  • have disturbed sleep
  • experience low immune responses
  • experience digestive discomfort
  • suffer autoimmune disorders
  • are stressed or overwhelmed
  • have mood disturbance
  • practice restrictive diets or fasting

Course Outline

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of the Human Gut Microbiome
  • The Tract, Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine
  • How the Gut Microbiome is Established (Birth and Breastfeeding)
  • Maintaining the Gut Microbiome as Adults
  • Diet, Nutrition, Lifestyle and Other Factors
  • The Gut Microbiome Effect
  • Contribution to Metabolic Function
  • Protect Against Pathogens
  • Educating the Immune System
  • Gut Microbe Disruption and Dysbiosis
  1. Genetics, Metagenomics and Metabolomics
  • Bioinformatics and Microbiome Heritability
  • Technologies and Metabolomics
  • Bacteria Metabolism and Short-Chain Fatty Acids
  • Organic Acids and Vitamins
  • DNA Sequencing Technologies
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Applications of PCR and DNA Sequencing
  • Metagenomics
  • Samples and Sampling Techniques and
  • Considerations
  • The Human Microbiome Project
  • Bacterial Genomic Contribution to Human Survival
  1. Diversity and Characteristics of Biota
  • A fine balance - beneficial and detrimental biota
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics (Natural & Supplements)
  • Synbiotics and Types of Bacteria
  • Understanding Microbe Classification
  • Major Bacterial Phylum Present in the Gut
  • Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes
  • Proteobacteria
  • Bad Biota and Nurturing a Healthy Gut
  1. Maintaining the Gut Environment
  • Managing the Large Intestine
  • Diarrhoea, Digestion & Gut Dysbiosis
  • Microbiome Hormones, Imbalances and Allergies
  • Inflammation - Function and Process
  • Biosensors and Gut Health Treatment
  • Probiotics and Other Supplements
  • Nutrition-based Interventions
  • Lifestyle Practices including Stress
  • Faecal Microbiota Transplant
  1. Diseases and Immunity
  • Immunity and Types of Resistance
  • Phagocytes and Natural Killer Cells
  • The Inflammatory Response
  • Nausea, Vomiting and Digestive Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diverticulitis and Polyps
  • Fungi and Bacteriophages - Treatment in Disease
  • Beyond Traditional Probiotics, Future Research
  1. Managing Diet and Nutrition
  • Homeostasis and Microbiota
  • How Nutrition affects Homeostasis
  • Function Foods and Gut Health
  • Fermented and Prebiotic Foods
  • Probiotics, Plant Foods and Polyphenols
  • Fibre, Dairy Produce and the Importance of Water
  • Water Absorption & Practical Ways to Improve the Gut
  • Supplements, Gut Transit Time & Coeliac Disease
  • Intermittent Fasting & Microbial Activity
  1. The Gut-Brain-Axis
  • What Are Pyschobiotics and their Animal Research?
  • Probiotics and The Gut-Brain Axis
  • The Interaction Between the Mind and Body
  • Neurotransmitters, Tryptophan and Serotonin
  • GABA and Stress Hormones
  • Human Research on Psychobiotics
  • Findings on Depression and Anxiety
  • Pyschobiotics and Other Mental Health Conditions
  • Issues with Pyschobiotic Research and the Future of them
  • The Future of Psychobiotics
  1. Applications of Gut Microbiome Management
  • Cultivate and Grow the Gut Microbiome
  • Pre-Schoolers and Young Children
  • Behaviour and Temperament
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Teenagers, Young Adults & Adults
  • Endocrine system support supporting hormonal changes
  • Immunity, Autoimmune (conditions) & Stress
  • Arthritis & Pain Management
  • Grief and Emotional Disturbances
  • Eating to Improve Microbiota
  • Other Strategies to Enhance Microbiota

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Finance options

If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant Scheme

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  • Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP)

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