Scientists need to adopt interdisciplinary approaches in view of the ongoing cross-sectoral and global developments in the healthcare sector. To better meet these challenges the Centre Virchow-Villermé is developing internet-based and freely accessible online courses, so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
17 MOOCs were produced in 2014-2016 for the public health sector and reunited 44,845 participants. The first four MOOCs have been developed in cooperation with French IT specialists from INRIA (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control). The courses are offered publicly via the FUN platform (France Digital University), Coursera and Iversity. The curriculum covers core public health disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, history of medicine, demography, health management, public health policy and social sciences in the healthcare sector.
With its MOOCs, the Centre Virchow-Villermé is pursuing two objectives: (1) providing freely accessible education in the public health sector, thereby also addressing underserved regions (e.g. French-speaking Africa) and (2), actively contributing to innovation within the European university landscape.
The “MOOC Factory” of the Centre Virchow-Villermé receives dedicated support from excellent international guest researchers, who in context of the Sanofi Chair contribute their expertise to the conception and production of MOOCs.
#MOOCLIVE: A NEW NETWORK FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION
The #MOOCLive project undertaken by the University Paris Descartes – Centre Virchow-Villermé of Public Health Paris – Berlin, a joint initiative of the University Sorbonne Paris Cité and of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, was rated A +, placing it thus in second in the ranking established by the project evaluation committee, being under the call for Idefi-N projects/being under the umbrella project of Idefi-N of the National Research Agency (ANR), whose results were made public in late June.
This project, whose requested support, amounts to 1,150K euros for a three-year funding period, involves several public and private partners: (École d’Économie de Paris (PSE) with Hospinnomics (Hospital Innovation Economics ; PSE et AP-HP) and J-Pal (PSE) ; l’INSERM, ANEO a company specialized in big data and data analysis, and with the support of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) ; the Charité Universitätsmedizin – Berlin ; the Université de Genève, Sanofi and the civil society with What Health.