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Massive Open Online Course on Medical Entomology

May 6, 2021 - 08:21 -- MalariaWorld Events


Which mosquitoes transmit the parasites responsible for malaria? Is the Asian tiger mosquito vector of the Zika virus? How is the transmission from vectors to humans and from humans to vector? Here are some of the questions that will find answers in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Pasteur "Medical entomology".

The MOOC “Medical entomology” aims at providing the understanding in medical and veterinary entomology at the university level. It will teach the role of vectors in the functioning of ecosystems and, in a lot of cases, how to interrupt the vector transmission chain. It is organized from an entomological perspective, with each session devoted to a particular taxonomic group of insects and ticks.

This MOOC is organized in 6 weeks of 3-6 sequences. Each sequence is composed of a 10 minutes video and a multiple choice test to help students check their understanding. The videos are in English, subtitled in French and English. All the tests are in English.

The MOOC students are invited to actively interact with the teaching team and the other students through the forum and during live stream hangouts.


Enrollment: From March 29, 2021 to June 26, 2021
Course: From May 3, 2021 to July 2, 2021


We recommend a good scientific background in biology (such as bachelor of science).

The MOOC is dedicated to students in biological or medical sciences, public health advisors (human and animal health), stakeholders in vector control, researchers and NGO members.


Course plan

Week 1: Introduction to medical entomology

Week 2: Mosquitoes and Arboviruses

Week 3: Insect vectors and Parasites

Week 4 - Other insects and related pathogens

Week 5: New methods and concepts to approach vector-borne diseases

Week 6: Insect immunity, microbiome and miscellaneous

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