Economics serving society

Addressing health challenges in Africa MOOC

At a glance

  • Free online course (MOOC), videos subtitled in French, in English, in Portugese and in Spanish
  • Registrations are open, up to July 12, 2019
  • Starts in June 3, 2019 - Ends in August 26, 2019
  • 9 weeks, estimated time: 2 hrs/week
  • Details and registration on

Watch the teaser "MOOC Répondre aux défis de santé en Afrique"

Creation and realisation of the MOOC
J-PAL Europe

Coordination and production
Centre Virchow-Villermé de santé publique Paris-Berlin, Université Paris Descartes

Université de Genève, ANEO, Paris School of Economics
This project is also financed by the ANR - Investissements d’avenir (ANR-15-IDFN-0003)


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Despite their diversity, francophone sub-Saharan African countries experience similar types of health challenges. Recent rigorous studies from various regions across the globe point towards some possible solutions to improve the health outcomes of the most vulnerable groups of society. This course aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the health challenges francophone sub-Saharan countries are currently facing;
  • Introduce participants to randomized evaluations—a method used to rigorously determine which health programs work best;
  • Present in detail the most promising solutions: How can we take price sensitivity into account? How can we inform and encourage people to modify their health behavior? How can we improve the behavior of health personnel? How can we enhance child and maternal health?
  • Lastly, show where to find and how to use scientific evidence

Targeted audience
This course is intended primarily for individuals working on the design and implementation of health policies and programs in francophone Africa:
- Ministry staff
- Hospital and health center staff
- International organizations staff
- Medical NGO staff
- Public health students


  • Élise Huillery - Associate Professeur in Economics, Université Paris-Dauphine
  • Ziemlé Clément Méda - Teacher-Researcher, Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Santé, Université Nazi Boni, Burkina Faso
  • Ilf Bencheikh - Deputy Director, J-PAL Europe and Afrique francophone
  • Vandana Sharma - Researcher at Harvard School of Public Health
  • Hélène Giacobino - Director, J-PAL Europe and Afrique francophone

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