PK302: Brain biology and neuroscience

Explore the human brain structure and function
  • Study the latest science in advanced lifestyle medicine for mental health
  • Learn about how the brain functions in a social context
  • Explore the emerging research in gut-brain connection
  • Understand the serotonin and glutamate hypotheses

Approx. 15 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

4 modules for just


Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest science in mental health and help affect positive outcomes for your patients or clients with mild to moderate mental health challenges.

In this online mental health course, you’ll explore the neurobiology of the brain, especially the critical role of neuroplasticity. You’ll learn about how the brain functions in a social context and explore the latest research in the emerging area of gut-brain connection. Delve into the important role that different neurotransmitters play in normal and pathological function, especially glutamate. Key topics include:


  • Neurons, neurotransmitters, synapses and brain plasticity
  • Specific brain parts, neurodevelopmental milestones, critical periods and the teenage brain
  • A socially connected brain – mirror neurons, oxytocin and the role of boredom and loneliness
  • How the gut, brain and skin are connected
  • The serotonin hypothesis of mental health and wellbeing
  • The glutamate hypothesis of mental health and wellbeing
  • Connecting the dots on different disorders

Study online, at home, any time.

All our courses are accessed from the convenience of your computer, smartphone or tablet, all from the comfort of your own home.

Be free to learn on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own space.

World Class Instructors


Prof Grant Schofield

Prof Grant Schofield

Public Health

Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT University and men’s mental health advisor for Movember.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor


Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and Neuroscientist who is currently completing a PhD in Applied Psychology.

Hear what our students are saying

Why are PREKURE the leaders in preventative lifestyle medicine and mental health science?


  • PREKURE courses are taught by recognised world experts and academics.
  • PREKURE courses contain the latest evidence-informed knowledge and tools in lifestyle medicine.
  • PREKURE is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and are approved for CME credits and CPD.


What if I don’t like what I buy?

You’re protected by PREKURE’s unconditional, 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee. We want you to have peace of mind when you buy any of our programs, so we give you up to 30 risk-free days from the date you purchase to decide if it’s for you.

If you’re not happy with your results, simply contact us, and we will give you an instant refund. It’s that simple.

Course Content

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Module 1: What Are Neurons And How Do They Work?

In this module, you’ll learn the basics of neuroscience and how the human brain works. Here you will explore brain cells and how they communicate with one another on an electrical and chemical level, along with the concept of neuroplasticity and how the brain changes and adapts across the lifespan.

Module 2: The Human Brain Structure And Function

In this module, you’ll learn about the structure of the human brain and understand that different areas are responsible for different functions. You’ll learn about neurodevelopmental milestones, understand the impact of lifestyle on brain development and health, and explore what can cause trauma and damage to the brain.

Module 3: A Socially Connected Brain And The Gut-Brain Axis

This module explores the social theory of brain health. You’ll learn about how the gut and brain are intricately connected and how they communicate bi-directionally with one another.

Module 4: The Serotonin And Glutamate Hypotheses

In this module, you will learn about the traditional model of brain health, known as the serotonin model, and explore an emergent model of brain health – the glutamate hypothesis. This promising model of brain health highlights both why and how lifestyle medicine can be used to improve mental wellbeing.

Approx. 15 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

4 modules for just


Frequently Asked Questions

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When does the course start and finish?

This course is available for you to start immediately as soon as you enrol with online, 24/7 access. You then have 12 months to complete your short course.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. You can do this course in your own time and at your own pace, with online 24/7 access. The course can easily be completed within four weeks by committing to approximately five hours of work per week. You do however have up to 12 months to complete your course.

Do I receive any certification for completing the course?

You will receive a PREKURE Certificate of Completion for this course.

What happens after I finish the course?

If you would like to continue learning, choose another Short Course or cross-credit into one of our Certificates.

Do I need any background or previous learning in the health field?

No. This course is perfect if you want to upskill for your own benefit. You will learn many tips and tricks that will help you and your loved ones. To date, we have had GPs, nurses, full-time mums, gardeners, IT specialists, and more enrolling on this course.

I am a nurse, physio or pharmacist. Does this course counts towards my CPD credits?

Yes, it counts as 20 hours.

How do I know this course is credible and contains correct information?

The course is scientifically-based and evidence-informed with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by our highly qualified, world-class teaching Faculty with extensive real-world experience. One of our past students says, “By aligning with a professional group like PREKURE, I can reassure my clients that I am using the latest, evidence-based tools and techniques to support them.”

Is this a CME endorsed course by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGPs)?

Our courses have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.

Do I get lifetime access to this course?

No. All PREKURE course content is available for 12 months from the date you enrol. Each module does however come with notes that you can download.

If you’re completing this Short Course as part of a Certificate you can retain access to your course content by joining the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE Certificate graduates. This includes access to updated content, resources and references as we continue to develop and re-release courses.

Join the course
and upskill in the latest science

PREKURE provides training in the theory and practice of lifestyle medicine for mild to medium mental health challenges. We cannot provide personalised medical advice. If you or your loved ones require personal medical advice, or suffer from moderate to severe mental ill-health, then we recommend you consult a registered health practitioner (GP, Registered Psychologist).

Need help now?

  • In New Zealand: If life is in danger, call 111 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor or access other Helplines and Support here
  • In Australia: If life is in danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or call 13 11 14 (Lifeline), 1300 22 4636 (Beyond Blue), or call 1300 659 467 (Suicide Call Back Service).