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:


Medical Mycology

The MOOC Medical Mycology, first édition, directed by Dea Garcia-Hermoso and Olivier Lortholary , will start on October 1, 2021 and will be open until December 20, 2021. It will make you discover the fascinating world of fungi, agents of major infectious diseases.



Modeling infectious diseases

The MOOC Modeling infectious diseases, first édition, directed by Romulus Bréban and Pierre-Yves Boëlle, will start on October 1, 2021 and will be open until January 28, 2022. In this MOOC, you will learn a basic, yet very general approach to mathematical modeling of infectious disease dynamics, that contribute to make short-term predictions on epidemics progress, help analyze scenarios on epidemic outcome and inform about the impact of public health interventions.


Open to registration:

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Human Populations and Evolutionary Genetics

The MOOC Human Populations and Evolutionary Genetics, second edition, aims to provide basic knowledge on population genetics and the help of genetics in the study of human migrations and human adaptation to extreme conditions. This MOOC, directed by Luis Quintana-Murci and Etienne Patin, is currently open for registration and will be available from December 6, 2021 through February 14, 2022.



Archived MOOCs:

Mycobacterium tuberculosis


The MOOC Tuberculosis, third édition directed by Howard Takiff, started on Septembre 7, 2021  and closed on November 5, 2021. It provides an update on tuberculosis today and the challenges posed by treatment resistance and therapeutic advances.



Viruses and Human Cancers

The MOOC Viruses and Human Cancers, directed by Hilde Angermeier and Jean-Pierre Vartanian, was accessible until October 30, 2021. It provides an overview of the state of knowledge on viruses associated with cancer, the different mechanisms of carcinogenesis, the host immune response and tumor prevention.


The MOOC Emerging and Re-Emerging Viruses is codirected by  Pierre-Emmanuel Ceccaldi (Oncogenic Virus Epidemiology and Pathophysiology Unit), Jean-Pierre Vartanian (Virology Department) and Hilde Angermeier (LGL, Germany), this MOOC aims to provide fundamental knowledge about the emerging and re-emerging viruses involved in outbreaks. It illustrates the latest knowledge about the current SARS-CoV-2-Covid-19 pandemic.




The MOOC Resistance to antibacterial agents is co-directed by Béatrice Berçot, Patrick Trieu-Cuot and Didier Mazel. This MOOC aims to provide basic knowledge on resistance to antibacterial agents. It first presents the antibacterial agents. It then describes the current epidemiological situation of antibiotic resistance in the world and its mechanisms of dissemination. Finally, this MOOC tries to highlight the alternatives to antibiotics.



The second broadcast of the MOOC Biobanking directed by Mery Pina, Raquel Hurtado-Ortiz and Marie-Noëlle Ungeheuer described the organizational aspects of a biobank, sampling, collection, equipment, transport and conservation of biological resources are discussed.



Mooc - Institut Pasteur - Malaria

The MOOC Malaria, directed par Chetan Chitnis (Institut Pasteur).




Mooc - Institut Pasteur - Essais cliniques

The Mooc Clinical Trials in Infectious and Tropical Diseases, directed by Muriel VRAY (Institut Pasteur).




Viral Hepatitis MOOC,  directed by Françoise Lunel-Fabiani (Université d'Angers) and Stanilas Pol (Institut Pasteur).




Vaccinology MOOC, codirected by Behazine Combadière ("Skin, Immunity and Vaccination" at the Center for Immunology and Microbial Infections (CIMI-Paris, France) and Armelle Phalipon (Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis Unit at Institut Pasteur)


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HIV Science MOOC, codirected by Michaela Müller-Trutwin (HIV, Inflammation and Persistence Unit) and Asier Saez-Ciron (HIV, Inflammation and Persistence Unit).



Innate Immunity MOOC - Institut Pasteur

Innate Immunity MOOC,  codirected by Jean-Marc Cavaillon et Daniel Scott-Algara, (unité Cytokines et inflammation).




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Human Population and Evolutionary Genetics MOOC,  codirected by Lluis Quintana-Muci and Etienne Patin (Human Evolutionary Genetics Unit).



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Epigenetics MOOC, directed by Germano (Cecere Mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance Unit)



Advances in Stem cell biology MOOC, codirected by Shahragim Tajbakhsh (Stem cells and development lab - Institut Pasteur) and François Schweisguth (unité de Génétique de développement de la drosophile)



Medical entomology II MOOC, co-directed by Anna-Bella Failloux (Arboviruses and Insect Vectors unit - Institut Pasteur) and Christophe Paupy (IRD).



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le Mooc Concepts et méthodes en épidémiologie, realized by Arnaud Fontanet (Unité d’Epidémiologie des Maladies Emergentes), broadcasted already three times ;



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From neuron to behavior MOOC, co-directed by Pierre-Marie Lledo (Perception and Memory Unit), launched for the first time during spring 2016.



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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


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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



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


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