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Gastrointestinal Processes in Health and Disease


Students will gain an understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the gastrointestinal tract and the associated pancreatic, liver, and biliary tract systems in both health and disease. Students examine the digestive system’s pivotal role in health, which includes the role of gut microbiome, probiotics, prebiotics, gut permeability, and the role in immune function and inflammation.

Systems and topics covered in this course include:

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Middle Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Lower Gastrointestinal Tract
  • The Microbiome
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize the literature regarding the processes of ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, metabolism, and elimination in health and disease;

  • Compare and contrast various diets and their role in diseases;

  • Examine and assess the role of the gut microbiome in health and disease;

  • Synthesize the literature regarding GI diseases such as celiac disease, food sensitivities, and food allergies;

  • Interpret the impact of gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) in disease processes.

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Required Course Pack:

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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