Hepatitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis is most commonly caused by five viruses : A, B, C, D, and E. Some infections will resolve without any serious problems, while others can induce acute liver failure or be chronic and cause fibrosis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Globally viral hepatitis results in high mortality worldwide, almost equal to tuberculosis and more than HIV and malaria. Most deaths occur indirectly from liver scarring or liver cancer. Viral hepatitis is considered by WHO a very serious public health issue. In this MOOC, you will find the latest developments on the intimate structure and pathophysiology of hepatic viruses and on the epidemiology and clinical courses of hepatitis which may differ in developed and in low and middle income countries. You will learn about prevention of hepatitis A, B and D by immunization and about the most recent developments of efficient treatments of hepatitis B and hepatitis C which allow to get rid of virus B in 90% of patients and to definitely cure hepatitis C in 95% of them. Clear international guidelines are now available for these treatments.
Despite these progresses, the mortality of viral hepatitis remains high through the world (1.6 million death in 2016 according to WHO) particularly since access to screening, prevention and efficient medications remains critically low in many developping countries, but not only.
At last you will learn about the many public health issues of viral hepatitis and the ambitious plan of WHO to eradicate viral hepatitis by 2030
This MOOC is organized in 6 chapters of 2 to 9 sessions each. Each session includes a short video and 2 multiple choice questions in english to help you test your understanding. There are 10 to 18 multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter. A certification exam (in English) is accessible only for students registered to the “qualifying path”. The videos are in English, subtitles in English and French are provided.
This MOOC aims to reach anybody who wishes to learn more about emerging viruses and pandemics, whether scientist, medical doctor or other health workers, staff of governmental and non-governmental agencies or students in life sciences.
We recommend a good scientific background (such as a bachelor of life science)
To follow this course, you have the choice between two formulas: DISCOVERY formula which will allow you to familiarize yourself with the subject thanks to videos, quizzes and access to forums and QUALIFYING formula in which you can acquire skills and deep knowledge on the subjects. Please note, only the "Qualifying" formula gives the right to a qualifying certification issued by Fun and the Institut Pasteur. In addition, there will be no certificate of successful follow-up, neither for the "Discovery" formula, nor for the "Qualifying" formula.
If you opt for this formula, you will have access to the videos of the course, the quizzes and the exchanges in the forums. This route will not give rise to the issue of a certificate. Registrations are possible now and are not subject to any conditions.This registration is free
In addition to the activities offered in the DISCOVERY formula, 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 final individual exam, monitored remotely, lasting 1 hour, consisting of 30 multiple choice questions (MCQ) and obtaining 20 correct answers. You will also have access to hangouts.
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.