Sanofi Chair

CALL FOR APPLICATION – Sanofi Chair Paris 2018 : study on MOOCs dissemination and appropriation in Africa. More information here.


In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty in October 2013, an agreement was signed by Sanofi, in which this multinational pharmaceutical company pledged to make a donation of two millions euros for the financing of two university chairs for the Centre Virchow-Villermé of Public Health Paris-Berlin. It was established that one chair would be created in Paris, and the other one in Berlin. The importance of this event was emphasized by both parties, Sanofi and the Centre Virchow-Villermé.



In line with Sanofi’s intent, the Paris Centre is offering open, multilingual online educational opportunities in the form of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) about topics in public health, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy management and many more. Distance learning offers the possibility to train individuals in public health who do not have access to a traditional university education. The Centre specifically addresses the lack of training opportunities in Francophone countries and is proud to be able to allow anyone to benefit from the experience and knowledge of accomplished experts in the field.

The financial support from Sanofi enables the Paris Centre to invite candidates who are internationally renowned for their particular expertise as chair holders.

Candidates for the Sanofi Chair should know that the financing of their stay by Sanofi is not linked to any expectations or requirements regarding the content of their MOOCs and lectures.

Conditions of stay:

  • For a stay of 3 months the candidate must provide at least a 5 week-long MOOC (see document “MOOC guidelines”). For a stay longer than 3 months, the candidate will have to provide a second MOOC.
    NB: The Centre Virchow-Villermé will cover the expenses related to the MOOC
  • The professor should be available when the course is running in order to answer the questions of the participants and to animate the class (please note that a teaching assistant from the candidate home university might be necessary)
  • The Centre Virchow-Villermé is oriented towards open education. We suggest that the course produced during the stay is broadcasted under a Creative Commons license BY-SA*.
  • The candidate must participate in the development of our joint research projects.
  • Chair holders are expected to attend the biannual meeting of the Centre’s International Advisory Board as well as the annual Sanofi Meeting, if their stay falls within these time periods.



Application Process ongoing.

* See consent form document

  1. Sanofi Chair Candidate’s Practical Info
  2. MOOC Guidelines CVV
  3. Consent form CC CVV