Discover how the gut microbiome helps shape overall health.

Thriving research into the link between the gut and health gives new meaning to the adage ‘you are what you eat’. Beginning at birth, a community of 10-100 trillion microbes populates the human intestinal tract. Just as the body undergoes physiological changes, this invisible ecosystem — the gut microbiome — transforms and is shaped by what you eat and where you live. Now, studies show that microbes aren’t just good for the gut: they can impact the immune system too.1 Understanding the human microbiome in all its complexity has become a scientific and medical priority that could lead to industry-changing interventions and new potential for promoting overall wellness.

Discover the science behind human microbiota in the Gut Health and the Microbiome online micro course from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), part of Stanford Medicine. Over two short weeks, you’ll learn exactly what the microbiome is, how it’s integrated into human physiology, and the ways it can improve health and treat disease beyond just the gut. Guided by Stanford Medicine experts, you’ll explore how the microbiome is targeted to treat a variety of disease states, and how it continues to guide precision health therapies of the future.

1Cell (Jul, 2021).

Is this course for you?

This course is suited to individuals who are interested in the characteristics of a healthy microbiome and the role it plays in nutrition and wellness. It’s applicable to allied health professionals who want to enhance their patients’ well-being and quality of life. This includes fitness and wellness specialists, dietitians and nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and personal trainers. The micro course will also benefit non-healthcare professionals and individuals who are interested in understanding how the gut functions, and optimizing their overall health through diet and lifestyle modifications.

How is this course different?

This two-week online micro course experience is tailored for working professionals looking to rapidly obtain industry relevant knowledge and skills of a specialized subject. Designed to provide maximum personal benefit with minimal time spent, the supported, interactive online learning model allows you to study at your own pace without having to submit lengthy assignments. The seminar-style class also gives you the chance to engage with a network of peers and expert faculty on topical areas that are key to your professional development.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
A foundational understanding of the microbiome and how it’s integrated into human physiology.
Practical strategies to improve health and treat disease beyond the gut.
Knowledge of how the microbiome guides precision health therapeutics.
Insight into how the microbiome is targeted to treat a variety of disease states.