E-learning / Mooc

In light of the increasing role of the digital technology in education, the Institut Pasteur is actively involved in the development of online education, and in particular in the production of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).


The Institut Pasteur wishes to increase the audience of its courses and to give access to high-level scientific online courses to a large audience, throughout the world. To do so, the Institut Pasteur is involved in the development of Massive Open Online courses, on various scientific topics. Our MOOCs are scientific and focus on major biological and public health questions. They are aimed at an audience with a broad scientific background: a bachelor of science is generally recommended to follow our online courses.

The Institut Pasteur has been creating MOOCs since 2014 and wishes to increase and diversify its online education offer. MOOCs of the Institut Pasteur are available either on the French platform FUN or on the American platform Coursera (soon available). 

Our MOOCs have a very wide and diverse audience, with learners coming from as many as 150 different countries.


Biobanques et collections

The Institut Pasteur Online Diploma of Infectious Diseases (DNM2IP)

Institut Pasteur creates an Online Diploma of Infectious Diseases (DNM2IP) based on MOOCs.

The goal of this Institut Pasteur Diploma is to enable students, medical doctors, health workers, researchers, and staff of state agencies or NGOs to acquire skills in the field of infectious diseases. The diploma is given to students who have successfully passed the final examination of each of 5 MOOCs of the DNM2IP. MOOCs are rebroadcast every 2 years, each for a period of 6 weeks.


The Institut Pasteur has created the following Moocs:

Currently online:

Archived MOOCs:

  • Viruses and Human cancers MOOC, directed  by Jean-Pierre Vartanian, (Molecular retrovirology Unit - Institut Pasteur)
  • Medical entomology II MOOC , co-directed by Anna-Bella Failloux (Arboviruses and Insect Vectors unit - Institut Pasteur) and Vincent Robert (IRD)
  • Resistance to antibacterial agents MOOC, co-directed by Patrick Trieu-Cuot (Biology of Gram-Positive Pathogens Unit), Didier Mazel (Bacterial Genome Plasticity unit) and Béatrice Berçot (Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris – Paris Diderot University) Concepts and Methods in Epidemiology MOOC, co-directed by Arnaud Fontanet (Unit of Emerging Disease Epidemiology). The third edition of this MOOC occurred in April 2016  
  • Vaccinology MOOCco-directed by Armelle Phalipon (unit of Molecular microbial pathogenesis) and Frédéric Tangy (unit of Viral genomics and vaccination). This MOOC, based on the Pasteur Vaccinology course​,
  • From neuron to behavior MOOC, co-directed by Pierre-Marie Lledo (Perception and Memory Unit), launched for the first time during spring 2016.
  • Medical entomology MOOC, led by Anna-Bella Failloux (Unit of Arbovirus and insect vectors) and Robert Vincent (IRD), available online for the first time in February 2017
  • Diagnosis and prognosis biomarkers in global health MOOC  co-directed by Stanislas Pol (Center of Translational Science) and Marie-Astrid Vernet, available online for the first time in May 2017
  • Innate Imunity MOOC, co-directed by Jean-Marc Cavaillon and Daniel Scott-Algara (Cytokines and Inflammation Unit), available online for the first time in February 2017.
  • Microbes & Brain MOOC, co-directed by Ivo Boneca (Biology and Genetics of Bacterial Cell Wall Unit) and Grégoire Chevalier (Microenvironment and Immunity unit), available online for the first time in October 2017
  • Tuberculosis MOOC, co-directed by Howard Takiff, Brigitte Gicquel and Catherine-Pierre Audigier (all in the Mycobacterial Genetics Unit), available online from January 2018

  • Malaria MOOC , directed by Chetan Chitnis, (Malaria Biology and vaccines Unit) 

The Institut Pasteur is also involved in two MOOCs created by the University of Geneva:


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