Are you a dietitian or health professional looking to specialize in the dietary management of IBS? Our expert team has developed an online training course - The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS, with a focus on how to safely and effectively implement a low FODMAP diet in clinical practice.

Updated with the latest evidence in 2022, this 10 module course synthesizes the latest findings from the scientific literature to give you an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the pathophysiology of IBS and the appropriate prescription and implementation of a low FODMAP diet. The course is available online, allowing dietitians and health professionals all over the world to learn from the experts who pioneered FODMAP research at Monash University. Interactive elements throughout the course support learning, such as:

  • Written and video case studies
  • Infographics
  • Question-answer flip cards 
  • Sorting activities
  • Reading exercises
  • Multiple choice quizzes and a final exam 

Everyone who passes the final exam is issued with a certificate of completion. Health professionals can use this certificate to claim 35 CPE units with their member association. Only registered dietitians who pass the course are eligible to be listed on the Monash FODMAP Dietitian Directory (proof of current dietetic registration required). The Dietitian Directory is hosted on our app and website and connects patients with IBS to Monash FODMAP Trained Dietitians.  

Learning outcomes:

  • You will gain in-depth understanding and practical skills in the following areas:
  • The pathophysiology of IBS, including causes, symptoms, diagnostic techniques, alarm features and the role of breath hydrogen testing
  • The FODMAP concept and the FODMAP composition of foods
  • Implementing the low FODMAP diet in clinical practice, from assessment, through to education and managing the reintroduction step
  • Troubleshooting strategies and considerations when patients are not responding well to a low FODMAP diet
  • Adjunct therapies, including hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, probiotics and pharmacological therapies
  • Other dietary approaches to IBS management, such as fiber modification, adding glucose to fructose, the low food chemical diet and the gluten-free diet
  • Other applications of the low FODMAP diet, including in pediatric patients with IBS, breastfeeding mothers of infants with colic, women with endometriosis and individuals with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. 

Course overview

Module 1 - Functional bowel disorders and IBS

This module explains what functional bowel disorders (FBDs) are, the various symptom manifestations and the mechanisms that drive symptom onset. Topics covered include an overview of FBDs and IBS, including prevalence, causes, major symptoms, diagnosis, typical investigations, red flags/alarm features, differential diagnoses, pseudo-diagnoses, alternative investigations and the role of breath testing in the management of IBS.

Module 2 - Dietary management of IBS

This module describes a range of proposed symptom triggers in IBS, including fat, gluten and other wheat proteins, fibre, lactose, fructose, sugar polyols and oligosaccharides. It also introduces the concept of FODMAPs and reviews the efficacy of a FODMAP diet in the management of IBS.

Module 3 - FODMAP composition of food

This module explores the FODMAP composition of food. Topics covered include analytical techniques used to measure FODMAP composition, the cut-offs used to define a food as low in FODMAPs; the FODMAP composition of different food groups; the effects of food processing and ingredient selection on FODMAP content, and international differences in the FODMAP composition of food.

Module 4 - Dietetic assessment

This module describes the initial dietetic assessment that should be undertaken before a FODMAP diet is commenced in patients with suspected or diagnosed IBS. Topics covered include the clinical assessment (including bowel and gastrointestinal symptoms, family history, medical history, investigations and red flags); dietary assessment (including intake of fibre, fluid, FODMAPs, and known or suspected dietary triggers); potential compliance issues and exercise habits.

Module 5 - Step 1 low FODMAP diet and practical skills

This module provides practical ideas about how to implement the Step 1 low FODMAP diet. Topics covered include how to educate patients about FODMAP actions in the gut; how to use the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet™ App correctly; cooking and recipe modification techniques; food label reading for FODMAPs; eating out and travelling on a FODMAP diet; individualizing Step 1 and the merits of group versus one-on-one FODMAP education.

Module 6 - Steps 2 and 3 - FODMAP reintroduction and personalization

This module discusses the reintroduction step of the FODMAP diet. Topics covered include the rationale for reintroducing FODMAPs; evidence to support a reintroduction protocol; different reintroduction approaches; individualizing Steps 2 and 3; interpreting challenge responses and diet for long-term bowel health.

Module 7 - Troubleshooting

This module discusses the troubleshooting strategies that can be used to identify reasons for a poor response to a FODMAP diet and strategies that may improve treatment response. Topics covered include compliance issues; physiological reasons for a poor response; considering food eaten out and while travelling; the role of other dietary triggers; managing specific IBS symptoms and managing other co-morbidities that may be contributing to ongoing symptoms.

Module 8 - Adjunct therapies – psychological and pharmacological approaches

This module explores psychological and pharmacological therapies for the management of IBS. Topics covered include gut-directed hypnotherapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; stress management; probiotic therapy and pharmacological therapies.

Module 9 - Adjunct therapies – Other dietary approaches

This module explores the roles of other dietary therapies (both evidence-based and not) that can be used / are used in addition to (or replacement of) a FODMAP diet in patients with IBS. Topics covered include fibre modification; the gluten free diet; the NICE guidelines diet; adding glucose to fructose; a low fructose diet; the use of kiwifruit; the roles of A1 and A2 milk proteins; as well as fat, caffeine, alcohol and food chemical restriction.

Module 10 - Other applications of a FODMAP diet

This module describes the application of a FODMAP diet to other populations, including children and adolescents with IBS; women with endometriosis; breastfeeding mother of infants with colic, and patients with suspected small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

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CPE units / CPD hours 

US registered Dietitians - 35 CPEUs (Level 2) pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration* 
All other registered Dietitians and health professionals - 35 CPD hours*

Course fees

USD $490 (for all enrolments outside of Australia)

AUD $627 (incl GST) (for all enrolments in Australia)

Course completion is due 9 months from time of registration and payment. 

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*For enrollments from September 6th, 2022