- Duration: 11 weeks
- Effort: 33 hours
- Pace: ~3 hours/week
What you will learn
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- know the basic concepts of fungal taxonomy & ecology.
- understand how to identify fungi from clinical specimens or from cultures.
- discover how emerging factors are involved in the development of fungal diseases.
- Know more about antifungal drugs
-discover the relationship between infections due to fungi and HIV
Fungi are present everywhere! They play a major role in our ecosystem…as main decomposers of organic material, as producers of antibiotics or mycotoxins but also as responsible for human and animal infections. Fungi accounts for more than a billion of people suffering from fungal diseases resulting in at least a million human deaths per year!
The overall arise of fungal diseases is mainly due to major increase of host fungus-interaction opportunity. We can acquire fungi from the community, from the health care system or from international travels in endemic zones.
The Medical Mycology MOOC will provide a general overview starting from the basic concepts of fungal taxonomy & ecology. We will guide you through the different approaches for identification of fungi. You will hear about major trends in invasive fungal diseases as well as subcutaneous mycoses epidemiology, about new populations at risk, and emerging factors involved in the development of diseases. We will also cover topics related to antifungal drugs, and finally you will have an insight into the natural history of superficial and invasive fungal diseases, with a part dedicated to the HIV-associated infections.
This MOOC is organized in 7 chapters. Each chapter is composed of 3 to 7 sessions. In each session, you will find an 8 to 15 minute-long video and a multiple choice question test to help you to check your understanding. There are 6 to 14 multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter depending upon the number of sessions, and a certification exam. The videos are in English, subtitled in English and French.
If you have previous knowledge on microbiology with a bachelor degree, our course is meant for you. If you work as a researcher in science, as a medical doctor or qualified nurse or a hospital pharmacist, our course is meant for you!
And if you are provider of diagnostic kits or antifungal agents, our course is also meant for you!
Assessment and certification
To follow this course, you have the choice between two formulas. The DISCOVERY path gives you access to videos, quizzes and exchanges in the forum. Additionnaly, the QUALIFYING path gives you access to a qualifying exam.
- Discovery path
If you opt for this path, you will have access to the videos, the quizzes and the exchanges in the forum. For this path, no certificate will be delivered. The registration is free.
- Qualifying path
In addition to the activities offered in the DISCOVERY path, the QUALIFYING formula will allow you to obtain a certificate in the form of a "certificate". To do this, you will have to take a exam, monitored remotely, lasting 1 hour, consisting of 30 multiple choice questions (MCQ) and obtaining 18 correct answers.
The registration fee for the qualifying course is 150€.
Obtaining a qualifying certification is an opportunity for you to obtain a diploma. This course is one of the MOOCs of the Institut Pasteur's Digital Diploma in Infectious Diseases program (DNM2IP). For more information, see the Institut Pasteur web page, dedicated to this new diploma
Chapter 2: Identification of fungi
Chapter 3: Risk Factors: evolving scenarios
Chapter 4: Antifungal drugs
Chapter 5: HIV-associated fungal diseases
Chapter 6: Fungal skin and soft-tissue infections
Chapter 7: Invasive fungal diseases