At the end of this course, you will be able to:
Vaccines are among the most effective public health interventions currently available. Smallpox has been eradicated and polio has almost disappeared worldwide through global vaccine campaigns. Most of the viral and bacterial infections that traditionally affected children have been drastically reduced thanks to national immunization programs in developed countries. Together with antibiotics and clean water, vaccines have increased life expectancy in both high- and low-income countries by eliminating many of the diseases that historically killed millions. It has been estimated that vaccines will have saved ~25 million deaths over 10 yr from 2010 to 2020, which is equivalent to five lives saved per minute. In terms of cost-effectiveness, it is estimated that $1 invested in vaccination results in a $10–44 healthcare saving.
In spite of the success of vaccination in preventing disease and its cost-effectiveness, several challenges remain such as increasing the diversity of the target populations by developing vaccines efficient in pregnant women who will protect their babies at early life, and in the elderly displaying a less efficient immune system to be primed.
Besides preventing infectious diseases, a few examples of already available vaccines preventing virus-induced cancers, such as liver cancer due to the hepatitis B virus or cervical cancers due to papilloma viruses, pave the way for further development of anti-cancer vaccines. Large-scale analysis of immune responses in humans, combined with progress in identifying key antigens that induce effective immunity, will enable the development of more effective vaccines in the near future.
This MOOC consists of 6 teaching chapters. Each chapter consists of 5 to 9 sequences. Each sequence consists of a video of about 10 minutes and a MCQ so that students can test their knowledge. The videos are in English with French and English subtitles.
With the contribution of :
Cécile Artaud, Richard Aspinall, Brigitte Autran, Michel Beurret, Stephen Brown, Joël Calmet, Helen Campbell, Chetan Chitnis, Behazine Combadière, Cecil Czerkinski, Francis Delpeyroux, Hazel Dockrell, Othmar Engelhardt, Mark Fletcher, Nathalie Garçon, Christiane Gerke, Marie-Lise Gougeon, Bruno Guy, Ruth Karron, Marie-Paule Kieny, Jean Lang, Odile Leroy, Arnaud Marchant, Flor Munoz-Rivas, Peter Openshaw, Maria Grazia Pizza, Stanley Plotkin Rino Rappuoli, Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, Benoit Soubeyrand, Duncan Steele, Daniel Tarantola, Timo Vesikari, Peter White.
We recommend a good scientific background (such as a bachelor of biomedical science with a background in immunology and microbiology).
To follow this course, you can choose between two options. The DISCOVERY course gives you access to videos, quizzes and forum discussions. The QUALIFYING course also gives you access to a certification exam.
- Discovery Course
If you choose this path, you will have access to videos, quizzes and discussions in the forum. No certificate will be issued for this course. Registration is free.
- Qualifying course
In addition to the activities proposed in the DISCOVERY course, the QUALIFYING course will allow you to obtain a certificate. To do this, you will have to take a one-hour supervised distance learning exam consisting of 30 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and obtain 18 correct answers.
The cost of registration for the qualifying course is €150.
Obtaining a qualifying certification is an opportunity for you to obtain a diploma. Indeed, this course is one of the MOOCs of the Institut Pasteur's Digital Diploma in Infectious Diseases (DNM2IP) programme. For more information, please visit the Institut Pasteur's webpage dedicated to this new diploma.
Please note that only the "qualifying" course gives the right to a certification delivered by FUN and Institut Pasteur. There will be no certificate of completion for either the "discovery" or the "qualifying" course.
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