MOOC Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis has been a public health scourge for hundreds of years and was called the white plague in the 18th and 19th centuries in the US and in some parts of Europe.



Today, out of all infectious agents, tuberculosis remains the biggest killer, surpassing HIV and malaria. In 2015, according to WHO, there were nearly 10.4 million new cases of tuberculosis and around 1.8 million people died from the disease, making it one of the top 10 causes of deaths worldwide. Although there are plans to eliminate it within the next couple of decades, the incidence is currently only falling by about 1.5% per year. Moreover, the apparition of drug resistance and sometimes of multidrug resistance makes TB much harder to cure.

In the context of the development of its online courses, the Institut Pasteur has created a MOOC entirely focused on Tuberculosis, providing an update on the disease and its latest developments. This course goes from the basics of TB to the current state of knowledge on various aspects of tuberculosis: the clinical picture, epidemiology, pediatric TB, susceptibility factors (in particular genetic ones), immunology, vaccines, diagnosis and treatment of Multi-drug resistant TB, etc.

The course is aimed at providing a broad survey of the current state of knowledge concerning tuberculosis, based on the latest laboratory discoveries.

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


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 4 to 6 sequences. In each sequence, you find an 8 - 10 minute video and two multiple choice questions (MCQ) to help students check their understanding. This MOOC also proposes a weekly evaluation, thanks to around 10 MCQs and a final test, made of 30 multiple-choice questions.

The videos are in English subtitled in French and in English. All the tests are in English.

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