The College of Medicine (CoM) was established in 1991 as a constituent college within the University of Malawi (UNIMA). It is the only medical school in Malawi. The CoM has gradually grown from a program with an intake of 10-15 students per year and a handful of Malawian faculty, to a program with a medical student intake of on average 60 per year with 110 faculty members, of whom approximately 67% are Malawians. To date the college has graduated over 250 medical doctors. The CoM recently commenced undergraduate courses in Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Technology in 2006.
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he 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.
tudents who hold a first degree in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, nursing, social sciences, psychology, environmental health) from a Malawi National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) accredited university are eligible for the course.
Applicants are required to have a first degree with a Credit from the University of Malawi, or its equivalent, unless a special case can be made for admitting someone with a Pass Degree.
At least two years of work experience in a relevant field is essential.
Research experience or scientific publications are desirable.
Applicants may be exempt from parts of the course if they can show evidence of having previously attended postgraduate public health training elsewhere. Such evidence will be considered by the Community Health Research and Postgraduate Committee on the basis of equivalence in terms of NQF units of study as promulgated by the South African Qualifications Authority and recommended for SADC countries.
pplicants are required to pay 50% of their fees or agree in writing with the Finance Officer of the College of Medicine on the method and regularity of payments within one week of commencing the program.
Applicants who are exempt from parts of the course are required to pay the appropriate proportion of the fees
There is a non-refundable application fee of MK10,000 for Malawians and $300.00 for non-Malawians.
The current tuition fees are MWK2,550,000 per year; these vary according to whether the student is Malawian or not. Note that in the event that a student who wants to take more than 75 credits of elective modules, extra tuition fees must be paid for the additional modules.
The College obtains funding to provide scholarships from time to time for exceptional students, who but for the scholarship would be unable to take the course. The scholarships are allocated to students with the highest application criteria points who do not have funding. The scholarships are granted only if the student signs a bond agreeing to work in Malawi for at least 5 years after obtaining the MPH degree.
Funding for dissertation work is the responsibility of the student.
There are eight core modules within the MPH program. Core modules are compulsory for all MPH / PGDPH students. However, exemptions may be given where students can demonstrate credits gained from another institution or evidence of having completed the content of the module and which has been formally assessed by another university. Students are allowed to transfer a maximum of 50% i.e. 400 credit hours of the core module credit hours from another institution. Read more: Core module list.
Public health is a broad discipline and the standard degree provides a general course conferring generic competencies. To accommodate more focused competencies the College of Medicine allows concentration of study into five special interest areas. To major a student should complete 30 elective credits and a dissertation in their chosen specialty area, the completion of which will be noted as majoring in the speciality in the student transcript. Completion of 30 credits in the chosen specialty area, will be noted as minoring in the speciality in the student transcript.
Students can choose from the following six special interest study areas:
Elective modules, covering a range of topics, are normally scheduled to be delivered in five half days, either as 2½ days or spread over one week with another module running concurrently, and accumulate 50 hours each. Tutorials may take place outside the timetabled module contact hours. Students select 600 hours (or 60 credits) of elective modules (currently from more than 30 offered modules). An elective module which is valued at 50 hours constitutes 1 module and 100 hrs is equivalent to 2 modules. Students will receive guidance from their academic supervisors in the selection of elective units in order to fill gaps in their existing experience, build upon their strengths or to enhance a proposed career outline. Each student is permitted to take a maximum of 75 credits or 750 hours of elective modules ONLY as part of the course. Additional modules over this limit may be taken, but at an additional charge. Attendance of selected elective modules is compulsory, i.e. students may not be assessed if they have not attended classes.
The elective modules offered in this programme are listed in the table below. However, it should be noted that not all modules are offered every year and some electives modules may be offered but if less than 6 students register, it most probably wont be delivered.
Students choose modules after completion of the core modules, and again at the beginning of year 2.
Students are required to complete two integrated case studies, which together make up 10 credits or 5% of the course. The completion of two case studies is compulsory for all students to complete either the MPH or the PGDPH. The objective of the case studies is to ensure that students can identify and solve health problems and health system problems in a comprehensive manner using the strengths of a multi-disciplinary team. The case studies are based on given or real health problem or health system problems. The topics available vary from year to year. For more details on case studies visit the handbook section on case studies.
Students should indicate which available case studies they wish to undertake as a case study. The choices should be registered when registering choices of elective modules. Students select with which other students and on which case studies they wish to work.
Each case study has an academic supervisor appointed by the Public Health and Family Medicine Research and Postgraduate Committee.
Each group should consult the academic supervisor of the case study prior to undertaking the work.
Students must complete a dissertation. The dissertation research work takes place following completion of all core and elective modules and all case studies. However, proposal development must begin in the first year with the identification of a research topic, identification of a dissertation supervisor, and the development of a 2 page proposal followed by a full proposal, along with the research methods and proposal writing module. Because the MPH is aimed primarily at practitioners in the field of health systems and public health, the dissertation should demonstrate that the student can identify and investigate health and health system problems in a comprehensive manner, and that he/she can begin to formulate appropriate interventions.
Students will select a project or topic in consultation with their academic supervisor.
A student who has paid all due fees, completes and passes all core modules, all required elective modules, and two case studies but has decided against taking on dissertation work will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health.
Master of Public Health
A student will be awarded a Master of Public Health degree on completion of all compulsory modules, case studies, a dissertation and proof of having paid all due fees. A student previously awarded Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health (PGDPH) will be awarded a Master of Public Health after completing and passing a dissertation component within five years of completing their PGDPH. See the schedule of fees for details of the fee payable.