MIB-51301 Human Microbiome


Credits 1.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. C Belzer
Lecturer(s)dr. C Belzer
Examiner(s)dr. C Belzer

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

The level of the course is introductory. The prerequisites are basic Biology.


Learn how you can impact your health by balancing your gut health; how your microbiome together with your diet can improve normal gut function.

More course information and instructions on how to register can be found on: https://www.wur.nl/Virtual-Exchange.htmor click on the top-right link on this page.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the concepts of host associated microbiome;
- explain the impact of the microbiome on health and disease;
- relate microbiome composition to diet and nutrition;
- understand the concept of microbiome based therapies;
- explain the possibilities of the microbiome as a tool for policy makers, medical doctors, non-profit organizations and industry.


- Knowledge clips.
- Quizzes under the videos.
You will find short quizzes under most of the videos. These are meant for you to
practice and to check your understanding of the videos. They are not graded.
- Assignments.
In this course you will find different assignments for practice. Completing these
assignments will help you to assimilate the information and apply what you have
learned. These assignments will not be graded.
- Exams
You will find an exam at the end of each module. These exams include a set of
multiple choice questions which serve to test your understanding of the module. The
exams in module 1 and module 6 will each contribute 5% to your final mark. The
exams for module 2, 3, 4 and 5 will each contribute 10 % to your final mark.
- Peer-review
In Module 6 you are challenged to integrate everything you have learned in a peer graded
assignment. In this assignment we ask you to write a peer-reviewed blog
about the double burden of malnutrition in relation to the gut microbiota. You will
also give feedback on the proposal of three other peers in a peer review. This
assignment will contribute 30% of your final mark.


There will be a on campus digital exam in the February and August re-exam period. This exam will contribute 20% of your final mark.