Gut Microbiome Management (Human)

Life changing online course teaches management of the gut microbiome for superior wellbeing. Learn to manage the gut microbiome for improved health outcomes, starting today.

Course Code: BSC311
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn to manage the gut microbiome for improved health outcomes.

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 Aim: Explain the microbe world residing in the human gut, and how it effects nutrition, immunity, mental health, mood, and behaviour.

Study Gut Microbiome Management to Help Yourself of Others ~ Take control over your life ~ Life Changing Course 

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of the Human Gut Microbiome
    • Introduction - What is the microbiome?
    • The Gastrointestinal Tract
    • Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine
    • How the Gut Microbiome is Established (Birth and Breastfeeding)
    • Maintaining the Gut Microbiome as Adults
    • Diet and 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
    • Dysbiosis
  2. Genetics, Metagenomics and Metabolomics
    • Bioinformatics
    • Microbiome Heritability
    • Health Hereditary
    • Metabolomics
    • Technologies
    • Bacteria Metabolism
    • Short-Chain Fatty Acids
    • Organic Acids
    • 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
  3. Diversity and Characteristics of Biota
    • Introduction
    • A fine balance - beneficial and detrimental biota
    • Prebiotics
    • Probiotics
    • Natural Probiotics
    • Probiotic Supplements
    • Synbiotics
    • Understanding Microbe Classification
    • Types of Bacteria
    • Major Bacterial Phylum Present in the Gut
    • Actinobacteria
    • Bacteroidetes
    • Firmicutes
    • Proteobacteria
    • Bad Biota
    • Nurturing a Healthy Gut
    • Diet and Antibiotics Typical Reponses
  4. Maintaining the Gut Environment
    • Introduction
    • Anatomy Overview
    • Stomach
    • Small Intestine Environment
    • Large Intestine Environment
    • Managing the Large Intestine
    • Diarrhea
    • Digestion
    • Microbiome & Hormones
    • Microbiome and Allergies
    • Microbe Imbalance
    • Gut Dysbiosis
    • Inflammation - Function and Process
    • Biosensors
    • Gut Health Treatment
    • Probiotics and Other Supplements
    • Nutrition-based Interventions
    • Lifestyle Practices including Stress
    • Faecal Microbiota Transplant
  5. Diseases and Immunity
    • Introduction
    • Immunity
    • Types of Resistance
    • Phagocytes
    • Natural Killer Cells
    • The Inflammatory Response
    • Nausea and Vomiting
    • Digestive Disorders
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
    • Diverticulitis
    • Polyps
    • Future Research
    • Fungi and Bacteriophages - Treatment in Disease
    • Beyond Traditional Probiotics
  6. Managing Diet and Nutrition
    • Homeostasis and Microbiota
    • How Nutrition affects Homeostasis
    • Function Foods and Gut Health
    • Fermented Foods
    • Prebiotic Foods
    • Probiotics
    • Plant Foods
    • Polyphenols
    • Fibre
    • Dairy Produce
    • The Importance of Water
    • Water Absorption
    • Practical Ways to Improve the Gut
    • Supplements
    • Gut Transit Time
    • Coeliac Disease
    • Intermittent Fasting & Microbial Activity
  7. The Gut-Brain-Axis
    • What Are Psychobiotics?
    • Probiotics
    • The Interaction Between the Mind and Body
    • The Gut-Brain Axis
    • Animal Research on Psychobiotics
    • Neurotransmitters
    • Tryptophan and Serotonin
    • GABA
    • Stress Hormones
    • Human Research on Psychobiotics
    • Findings on Depression and Anxiety
    • Psychobiotics and Other Mental Health Conditions
    • Issues with Psychobiotic Research
    • The Future of Psychobiotics
  8. 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 and Young Adults
    • Endocrine system support supporting hormonal changes
    • Immunity
    • Adults
    • Autoimmune (conditions)
    • Stress
    • Arthritis & Pain Management
    • Grief and Emotional Disturbances
    • Eating to Improve Microbiota
    • Other Strategies to Enhance Microbiota

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Describe the nature of the human gut microbiome and its overall effect on the body.
  • 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.

What You Will Do

  • Investigate how gut microbes are established at the beginning of life.
  • Produce a glossary of key terms to support foundational information.
  • Research companies online that conduct metagenomics for consumers in your country.
  • Go to a health food store, pharmacy, chemist, or other retailer selling biota as dietary supplements. Review the range of products on the shelves.
  • Research tests which can be conducted to check for dysbiosis.
  • Consider an immune centric or inflammatory diet. Draw up an appropriate diet plan.
  • Create an educational resource resembling an information leaflet found in a healthcare setting.
  • Connect with organisations that support sufferers of the nutrition disease/disorder – subscribe to newsletters, follow blogs and social media pages, sign up for quality resources such as ebooks.
  • Talk with people who have experienced any of the conditions outlined in the lesson and who have used probiotic supplements to ‘treat’ the condition or support their health.
  • Design a specific set of guidelines for microbiome management for a specified scenario.
  • Watch 2-3 videos on one of the following topics: dysregulation of intestinal mucosal immunity or regulation of behaviour through microbiome management.
  • Write a lunch or dinner recipe for someone who has been purging the upper GI tract for 3 weeks and has returned to taking high potency multi-species probiotics but wants to add a selection of prebiotics.

This course is:

  • rooted in cutting-edge nutritional science
  • for those who want to understand "why"
  • an opportunity to delve into microbiology  
  • written by experts in microbial science, nutrition and psychology 
  • tutor-supported for help and guidance if needed 
  • designed with tasks which encourage authentic learning 
  • suited for a learner with no prior knowledge of the subject 
  • a complementary subject to therapeutic nutrition, health food production, microbiology and mental health courses 
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Since 1999 ACS has been a recognised member of IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre). A non-profit quality management organisation servicing education.
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