Mooc Malaria

Malaria remains a major public health problem in many tropical regions. In 2016, WHO estimates that the disease caused around 216 million cases of febrile attacks and 445,000 deaths, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is due to a unicellular parasite called Plasmodium, of which five species infect humans, P. falciparum being the most pathogenic and P°. vivax the most widespread



While the intensive application of currently available malaria control tools has greatly reduced malaria transmission in many parts of the tropical world, the possibility of malaria elimination in highly endemic regions remains a distant goal. A clear understanding of the basic biology of malaria parasites and its interactions with both the human host and mosquito vector is needed to develop novel tools that can assist in the effort to control and eventually eliminate malaria.

The Institut Pasteur has created a MOOC entirely focused on Malaria, providing a glimpse of the wide range of disciplines involved and questions addressed in malaria research. It goes from basic cell and molecular biology of malaria parasites to field and hospital based clinical research on malaria pathology. It covers the application of the latest genomic-based to investigate parasite biology to translational research on development of new control tools, including drugs and vaccines. It also deals with malaria epidemiology and clinical research, to better understand malaria as a public health problem.


This MOOC is aimed at a wide and various audience: health and public health professionals, microbiologists, researchers, life science students, physicians, nurses, etc. It can also be used as a thorough introduction for those who are new to the field and want to broaden their understanding of the disease.


This MOOC is organized in 6 weeks. Each week is composed of 5 sequences. In each sequence, you find an 8 - 10 minute video and two multiple choice questions (MCQ) to help participants check their understanding. This MOOC also proposes a weekly evaluation and a final test, made of 30 multiple-choice questions.


> Find more information about the course on the Platform FUN (France université numérique)


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