Fighting against outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases

About the course

This MOOC aims to train the participants in emerging infectious diseases surveillance but also in epidemic prevention and control. The course allows the participants to understand why an interdisciplinary approach is needed to understand emerging infectious diseases (epidemiology, biomathematics, virology, immunology, human and animal public health, entomology, clinical research on infectious diseases, sociology, medicine, political sciences, communication sciences on risk, health economics). This MOOC draws on a study on the Chikungunya epidemic that occurred in La Réunion in 2005.

Course team

Antoine Flahault

Antoine Flahault – Professor at Paris Descartes University and Geneva University, Co-director of the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin (2013-2017) and Director of the Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva


Six-week course. Each sequence will contain exercises and literature references. Studying time is about two hours weekly (video+ quiz and exercises).

Course plan

Chapter 1: Introduction to the case study: Chikungunya alert in La Réunion in 2005.

Chapter 2: Understanding the Chikungunya epidemic in La Réunion.

Chapter 3: Developing Chikungunya treatment.

Chapter 4: Social and Human Sciences mobilized against Chikungunya.

Chapter 5: Assessing the medical and economic impact of Chikungunya.

Chapter 6: Colloque de La sirène: Symposium on the MOOC.

French or English and French subtitles

Health students and health professionals as well as professionals involved in health programmes management.

Epidemiology, Public Health

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