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Applied Probiotics in Nutraceuticals

Course Code: IRS201905
Courses Name: Applied Probiotics in Nutraceuticals
Name of HOD – Prof. J B Prajapati, PhD
Designation of HOD – Professor of Dairy Microbiology and Former Dean, Faculty of Dairy Science, AAU, Anand, India.

About the course : Probiotics: past, present, future! Moving from food to pharma?
Some of the most trending subjects in applied probiotics course are:

  1. Sources and accurate characterization of probiotic cultures
  2. Choosing the right matrix and dispensing form
  3. How to maintain viability and functionality of probiotics
  4. Technological interventions to application of probiotics as food ingredients.
  5. Probiotic intervention to modulate human microbiome

These are related to course.

However, the hot research areas in probiotic science are:

  1. Study of micro biomes of various parts of the human body like gut, skin, oral cavity, vagina, etc. and how probiotic intervention can positively manipulate them.
  2. Looking for new generation probiotics like Akkermansia, Bacteroides, etc
  3. Looking for efficacy of Postbiotics and bioactive from probiotics
  4. Efficacy of probiotics in life style diseases and mental disorders
  5. Looking for alternate techniques for delivery of probiotics
  6. Diversifying application of probiotics in other than food and pharma, like cosmetics, hygiene, etc.
Course Status :Admissions open
No. of Modules13
Course Type :Elective
Duration :13 Weeks
Category :Food Technology, Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals
Credit Points :2
Level :Postgraduate/ Undergraduate

Mode of Study: The Course curriculum will be delivered through automated online lectures, and case studies on the Nutrify Today Academy platform. Grading will be based on a series of individual assignments and a final test on completion of all the modules.

  • Understand your microbiome
  • Identify the major microbes that inhabit the body
  • Differentiate between healthy and pathogenic microbes
  • Identify the major pathogenic microbes
  • Identify major diseases caused by pathogenic microbes
  • Examine the research showing how certain diseases may be treated with probiotics
  • Know how fermented (probiotic) foods are made
  • Utilize probiotic supplementation therapeutically
  • Identify prebiotics and the foods that contain them
Week 1

Introductory session –Overview

  • Evolution of probiotics, prebiotics & synbiotics
  • Microbiology, biochemistry and Technology of Probiotics
  • The potential business
  • Probiotic food, supplements, ingredients and pharma
Week 2

Probiotics: past, present, future! Moving from food to pharma?

  • The difference generations of Probiotics
  • The importance of Microbiota in Health & Disease
  • Selection & Evaluation of Strains
Week 3

Overview of Probiotic food and Pharma industry

  • Efficacy data on most investigated probiotic cultures
  • Health benefits of probiotics
Week 4

Basics of probiotic cultures – isolation, identification and characterization of candidate probiotic microorganisms.

  • Classification of probiotic microbes
  • Natural sources of probiotics
  • Techniques of isolation, characterization, identification
Week 5

Criteria for selection of probiotic candidate organisms

  • How to choose suitable candidate organism?
  • Evaluation of health and nutritional benefits
  • Testing fitness for processing
  • Testing viability and functionality in human host
Week 6

Methods, media and requirements for enumeration of probiotic microbes from food and pharma products.

    • Enumeration of probiotics
Week 7

Gut microbiota and significance of probiotics in its modulation

  • Gut Microbiota and development of gut microbiota
  • Dysbiosis of the gut microbiota – linked to disease?
  • Modulation of the gut microbiota
  • Probiotics – Criteria, Mechanism & Clinical Evidence
Week 8Fundamentals of product development using probiotics.
Processing and technological aspects.
  • Selecting the right organism
  • Selecting the right food matrix
  • Means of dispensing the probiotics
  • Choosing product formats
Week 9

Probiotic foods, food ingredients, food supplements and their nutritional aspects

  • The microbiome and probiotics
  • The science behind probiotics – how we use science & clinical science
  • New research areas & communications
Week 10

Probiotic bioactive and their therapeutic applications

  • Factors affecting the intestinal micro ecosystem
  • Bio functional properties of bioactive peptides
Week 11

Packaging and storage aspects of probiotic foods, supplements and ingredients

  • Categorization of probiotic markets & production
  • The importance of packaging
  • Active packaging systems for probiotics
  • Storage stability
Week 12

Probiotic ingredients and their applications in food and pharma

  • Introduction – The human microbiome & probiotics
  • Probiotics & Health
  • Introduction to IFF probiotics
  • Probiotics in food & pharma products
Week 13

Role of Gut Microbiota in Diabetes

What is the admissions process for the programme?

The admissions process is completely online and is customised as per your educational and professional profile. Following are the key steps in the application process:

  • Step 1: Register yourself on to Nutrify Today platform by clicking on and create your individual profile, building your CV onto the platform.
  • Step 2: Select up skill > Academy > Master classes
  • Step 3: Select the course and make the payment, receive immediate access to the prep content and begin your Nutrify Today Academy journey.


  • 100% online
  • This Course Plus the Full Specialization
  • Shareable Certificates
  • Self-Paced Learning Option
  • Course Videos & Readings

Intended audience : Any current Masters pursing students or professionals of Food technology, Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals streams

  • Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology, B.Pharmacy/ M. Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences/Chemistry / Biostatistics / Bioinformatics

Criteria to get the Certificate : Exam score = 80% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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