Enrollment is closed
  • End of Registration
  • Registration closed
  • Classes Start
  • jan 28 2019
  • Classes End
  • mar 25 2019
  • Estimated Effort
  • 2 h/week
  • Language
  • English

About this course

In this course we propose to introduce new thinking and research which brings together anthropological approaches to social and cultural variation, with public health interventions into population problems. Modern science and technology are continually providing us with new means of treating pervasive health problems like malaria, AIDS, and infertility. Populations are living longer than ever before because of new medicines and programmes to implement them around the world. But we all know that new drugs and clinical techniques are not simply ‘magic bullets’ – miracle cures which do the job all by themselves. For one thing, medicine requires infrastructure in much of Africa, Asia and Latin America there is simply not a network of clinics to make scientific improvements available to the poor over large areas or and this is no less important, to monitor the use and misuse of medicines (which can lead, as in the case of malaria to their declining efficacy)..


The videos are subtitled in French and English. The MOOC takes place over 5 weeks.


There is no prerequisite to take this course.

The teacher


Institute of Human Sciences, Oxford University

Lesson plan

  • Week 1: Introduction
  • Week 2: Infertility
  • Week 3: Population Ageing
  • Week 4: Malaria
  • Week 5: HIV/AIDS


Quizzes will be made available to assess learner's knowledge. These quizzes will cover the content of the videos and will allow to obtain a certificate of follow-up with success. To obtain this attestation, it will be necessary to have achieved a success rate of at least 50% for all the tests.


Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin

The Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin is dedicated to jointly develop and promote open innovative education and to foster French-German collaborations within the European context for joint research and teaching activities in Global and Public Health.

Sorbonne Paris Cité (Université Sorbonne Paris Cité)

Sorbonne Paris Cité (Université Sorbonne Paris Cité) is an association of universities and higher education institutions (ComUE) for institutions of higher education and research in the city of Paris and the French department of Seine-Saint-Denis.

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Charité is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. All of our clinical care, research and teaching is delivered by physicians and researchers of the highest international standard. Charité proudly lays claim to more than half of all German Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, including Emil von Behring, Robert Koch, and Paul Ehrlich. Charité is internationally renowned for its excellence in teaching and training.

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. There is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's second-oldest university in continuous operation.

Terms of use

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