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he School of Public Health and Family Medicine was established in 2013 and aims to be a public health institute of excellence in training, research and outreach in Malawi as well as the SADC region. The School has three departments namely; Public Health, Family Medicine and Health Systems& Policy.

This is an exciting time for the School as it firstly introduces two new masters programs, namely a Masters of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology and MSc in Global Health Implementation, and one undergraduate program which is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Palliative care (Honours). These new programs will add to the already existing academic programs of BSc in Health Management and taught postgraduate degree programmes in Masters in Public Health and Masters of Medicine in Family Medicine.

Secondly, this academic year beginning August 2017 sees the School introduce a more flexible model for delivering its academic programs coupled with an expansion of programs to the Lilongwe campus of the College of Medicine. The MPH program will now be delivered for the first time in Lilongwe using an ‘after hours’ model targeting those learners who work during the day to enable them to also attend the program and achieve their academic goals in life. Otherwise we would also like to announce that we will be introducing new academic programs in August 2018. These will include a Masters in Health Systems Management, MSc in Sexual Reproductive Health Research, BSc in Public Health and BSc in Dietetics.

The School has vibrant research and outreach activities with strong international collaborative links. Research entities closely linked to the school include the Centre of Bioethics in East and Central Africa (CEBESA), the Centre of Reproductive Health (CRH), the Public Health Nutrition and Child Development Group and the Training and Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE). The School with its research entities work very closely with the Ministry of Health particularly with the specific disease control programs in malaria, HIV, TB, Reproductive Health and Nutrition.

We welcome you to visit our departments to learn more about School of Public Health and Family Medicine at College of Medicine.

Dean of School

Professor Kamija Phiri

The School of Public Health and Family Medicine offeres the following courses:

Public health courses are offered across all the 5 years of training. The aim is to expose students to the concepts and practice of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, nutrition, primary health care, evidence based medicine including research methods.

Public Health for Health Management, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, and Medical Laboratory sciences programs. Public health courses are offered mainly in the 3rd and 4th years of the program. The aim is to expose students to the concepts and practice of epidemiology, biostatistics, and research methods.

The clerkship in family medicine aims to introduce students to a thinking process that puts the family and context of a patient’s illness at the centre of thier care. By letting the student take history from the patient or guardian, perform a physical examination, writing the findings and participating in the process of further investigations and treatment options within the limits of his competence in the care of patients assigned to him/her, family medicine allows you to learn the key principles and translate theoretical knowledge into practical skills. The module also gives you an opportunity to experience and to practise integrated primary care medicine that is responsive to patients, their families and communities.

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Palliative care is specialized health care for people with life-limiting or serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with symptoms’ relief and relieving stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and the family. Palliative care is best provided within a multidisciplinary team, which works together to provide an extra layer of care and support. This is a 3-year bachelor of science program with modules in basic medical sciences (physiology, microbiology, pharmacology & therapeutics), psychosocial, spiritual & cultural issues, clinical management, communication, pain management, ethics, death and bereavement, palliative care policy & advocacy, mentoring and coaching.


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The MPH course is focused on how to improve the health of populations and communities and particular groups within them through the prevention of disease, the promotion of health and the provision and evaluation of appropriate treatment and care. The course aims to equip students with skills to analyze public health problems and design, implement, and evaluate actions to improve them. The emphasis of this course is on,

the critical evaluation of evidence,
methods of analysis,
practical effective interventions,
management,
and evaluation.

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This program focuses on the study of the factors determining and influencing the frequency and distribution of disease, injury, and other health-related events and their causes in a defined human population for the purpose of establishing programs to prevent and control their development and spread. It is the cornerstone of public health, and shapes policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare. This is a 2-year master degree program, which consists of core modules in basic and advanced epidemiology and biostatistics, disease control, research ethics, data management and integrity. Students are allowed to choose elective modules from a wide variety of disease and health programs specific modules (e.g. TB, malaria, HIV, nutrition, bioethics).

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This program focuses on Global health as an area of study, research, and practice that places priority on improving population health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes on transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration. This is a 2-year master degree program, which consists of core modules in Global Health, Principles, Policies and Practices; Economics and Financing; Global Environmental Health and Climate justice; Implementation Science; Program Design implementation and Evaluation; Ethics and Human Rights; Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Systems (LEGS) for Global Health Implementation; Global Economic Governance and Health Diplomacy; Comparative Health Systems. Students are allowed to choose elective modules from a selected disease and health programs specific modules.

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The postgraduate training program in Family Medicine started with the first trainees at the University Of Malawi College Of Medicine in January 2015. The postgraduate program is four (4) years in length, and upon successful completion leads to the award of a Masters of Medicine (MMed) degree as laid forth and approved by the University of Malawi. The MMed (Family Medicine) is a specialist qualification at par with other clinical specialties in Medicine in Malawi.

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The College of Medicine is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to pursue Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and/or Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) programs. These are postgraduate degree programs by research (2 years for MPhil; 3-4 years for PhD). Candidates may apply to be considered for a) the University of Malawi PhD degree program or b) the Joint College of Medicine-University of Liverpool PhD degree programs.

Candidates applying for these research degrees are strongly advised to have preliminary discussions with the relevant Heads of academic departments at CoM to enable matching of prospective student to supervisors or research groups and to develop research concepts before submitting an application.

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The College of Medicine is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to pursue Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and/or Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) programs. These are postgraduate degree programs by research (2 years for MPhil; 3-4 years for PhD). Candidates may apply to be considered for a) the University of Malawi PhD degree program or b) the Joint College of Medicine-University of Liverpool PhD degree programs.

Candidates applying for these research degrees are strongly advised to have preliminary discussions with the relevant Heads of academic departments at CoM to enable matching of prospective student to supervisors or research groups and to develop research concepts before submitting an application.

Read more about the MPhil and/or PhD application process

The School has a large and vibrant research portfolio.  It uses its research platform platform that includes maternal & child health,  adolescent health, public health and child development,  infectious diseases, health systems and health economics with field sites across  Malawi to train postgraduate students at masters, PhD and postdoctoral level.  Most faculty are actively conducting research in groups, units and centres.  Some of the notable centres of research excellence are:

Public Health Nutrition and Child Development Centre

This centre focuses on identifying and developing important public health nutritional  interventions that will result in improved child development in Malawi and other countries in the region.  It has a long history of working in Lungwena in Mangochi where there is a 15-year birth cohort, but has now research sites across main districts in southern Malawi.

Training and Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE)

This centre established in 2009 focuses on developing new prevention and treatment strategies for malaria  and it’s associated morbidities in children and pregnant women.  It has main field sites in Zomba and Chikhwawa in southern Malawi where it conducts a number of clinical and community-based epidemiological studies.

Centre for Reproductive Health

This centre focuses on advancing reproductive health interests through facilitating productive  interaction between academia and the world of policy and practice, and through training RH  experts and students to contribute to the development of policies  and programs that will bring positive change in reproductive health and lives of men,  women and young people that are within the reproductive age group.

Centre for Bioethics in East and Southern Africa (CEBESA)

The centre focuses on building capacity in bioethics and applied ethics through the delivery  of short courses and postgraduate training programs. It is building a critical mass in the  African region in this important area and aims to provide internet based research ethics & IRB  distance learning for Malawi and Africa;  train, promote and conduct research in bioethics; promote bioethics publication;  and coordinate cross border research collaboration in the area of bioethics.

Adolescent Health Group

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Malaria Alert Centre

The centre undertakes operational research, and provides training and advocacy needed for malaria  prevention, management and control, with emphasis on monitoring and evaluation of intervention.   The aim is to contribute towards evidence based policy implementation through research and  dissemination of research results, promotion of public awareness of malaria,  and through knowledge and skills transfer for proper diagnosis, management  and control of major communicable diseases

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