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IBS Management: The Low FODMAP Diet

Understand IBS diagnosis and management, the low FODMAP diet, and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach.

2,055 enrolled on this course

GI Institute creates education and awareness of gastrointestinal diseases globally
  • Duration

    10 weeks
  • Weekly study

    1 hour
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade

    Free

Learn all you need to know about management of IBS & optimising patient outcomes

This course is designed for all health professionals and students.

You should be a health professional practicing or student studying one of the following disciplines: Dietetics, Nutrition, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Naturopathy.

To be eligible to undertake this course, you must also have a GI Institute Membership, create a membership account here


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects approximately one in seven people around the world, and health professionals have an important role in helping patients deal with this distressing condition.

This ten-week course from the GI Institute will equip you with everything you need to offer that support.

Delve into IBS diagnosis and the low FODMAP diet

The course starts with a comprehensive introduction to IBS including its pathophysiology and symptoms. You’ll learn how the Rome IV criteria and other tests are used in IBS diagnosis, how a positive IBS diagnosis is made in clinical practice, what FODMAP means, and why the low FODMAP diet is so widely recommended.

Our global expert presenters, encompassing both Gastroenterologist Dr William Chey and Registered Dietitians, will explore the nuances of IBS and the low FODMAP diet.

Study with the GI Institute’s world-renowned experts

GI Institute provides high-quality training on digestive health and diseases to health professionals around the world. With the support of the University of Michigan and the expertise of the GI Institute’s esteemed Advisory Panel, this course delivers truly exceptional education.

What topics will you cover?

Over this invaluable course, you’ll cover the following subjects:

  • An overview of IBS, dietary management of IBS, low FODMAP diet fundamentals and FODMAPs in food
  • Assessment of indications and contraindications for the low FODMAP diet
  • Implementation of Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 of the low FODMAP diet
  • Use of probiotics and prebiotics in IBS
  • Nutrient deficiency risks for people following the low FODMAP diet
  • Using the low FODMAP diet to treat other conditions (besides IBS)

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply advanced knowledge and practical skills to the management of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), through dietary interventions including the low FODMAP diet.
  • Assess suitability for implementation of the low FODMAP diet in different patient groups.
  • Describe FODMAPs and the mechanisms of action in which they influence digestion and symptom onset.
  • Improve understanding of how to implement and provide education on all 3 phases of the low FODMAP diet with patients.
  • Describe how to troubleshoot the low FODMAP diet in patients who do not experience symptom improvement.
  • Identify main food sources of FODMAPs and understand how FODMAP content is measured.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the prevalence, pathophysiology and diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • Discuss the importance of meeting nutritional needs whilst following a low FODMAP diet.
  • Explore the use of the low FODMAP diet in other conditions, including PCOS, inflammatory bowel disease and colic in babies.
  • Assess and solidify understanding of course content through 4 patient case studies.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for all health professionals and students interested in helping patients to deal with IBS. Doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists, dieticians, psychologists, and nurses are among those who will find it beneficial.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course, you will need to register at www.giinstitute.com and will need an internet browser.

Who developed the course?

GI Institute

GI Institute is a world-first global education partnership initiative by the University of Michigan and FODMAP Friendly, specialising in gastrointestinal health. GI Institute provides education on gastrointestinal health and digestive diseases to all health professionals and students globally. GI Institute is governed by a team of GI experts and leaders in their field, including GI registered dietitians and gastroenterologists.

Fodmap Friendly

Fodmap Friendly is an affiliate of the FODMAP Friendly Certification Program, which is a Globally Registered Certification Trademark certifying low FODMAP food products that have been laboratory tested to be low in FODMAPs. FODMAP Friendly developed and offer a free FODMAP Friendly App and numerous educational resources for health professionals and people following the low FODMAP diet, including recipes and blogs.

What's included?

GI Institute are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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