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The College offers a range of undergraduate programmes in different health disciplines. Below is the list of programmes currently being offered by the College.   There are a number of programmes that are under review and this list is expected to grow soon. 

The aim of the MBBS programme at the College of Medicine is to prepare and equip the doctors in training with necessary knowledge and skills to enable the graduating doctors to practice medicine successfully in Malawi and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region.  

Structure of the MBBS programme

The MBBS is a five year programme. The current curriculum has been designed to have a strong science foundation but allowing students to meet with the patient very early on in the training. In third year there is a definite transition from a heavy science to clinical training while maintaining the scientific basis of training.

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The aim of this programme is to address the need for specialist physicians at the district hospital level, who have the skills to manage these complex medical conditions, we have developed a three year Bachelor of Science in Internal Medicine (BSC-IM ) for clinical officers. This is a response to the MOH’s quest to improve quality clinical care in medicine at the district and sub-district level. This program is tailored specifically for clinical officers who would like to improve their skills as physicians in internal medicine.

Potential students of this program have been trained in clinical medicine. The training of clinical officers is based on knowledge of common medical problems in Malawi and to a large extent is practice based. There is less emphasis of the scientific basis of disease causation. The BSC-IM training will, therefore, try to fill this deficiency where possible and continue the important practical training. The first semester of year 3 will therefore be devoted to providing the science. This will be followed by a system based approach to training.

Adult learning approaches will be used throughout the program. It is expected that the learners will become self-motivated and acquire life-long learning skills and carry them into their professional practice. Learners will adopt critical analysis, in-depth exploration, problem solving and decision making to improve the quality of care at their hospitals. Interactive dynamic teaching methods will be used

Programme Structure



 The hours quoted here are notional hours: It is expected that the total learning time will exceed 40 hours a week considering the organization of learning in medical training. However, the calculation of the notional hours is based on a 40 hour week. Students will have lectures, ward rounds, small group discussion; attend clinics and other learning activities. 10 contact hours = 1 credit.

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To train associate clinicians in paediatrics and child health, with the aim that every district general hospital in Malawi will be staffed by such a specialist and specialist paediatric care will be available for every child in Malawi.

Programme Structure

The is a three year Bachelor of Paediatrics and Child Health (BPCH) for clinical officers in response to MOH’s quest to improve quality clinical care in paediatrics and child health at the district and sub-district level. This program is tailored specifically for clinical officers who would like to improve their skills as clinicians in Paediatrics and Child Health. 

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Programme procedure

  This is a three-year Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Trauma and Orthopaedics for general clinical officers in response to MOH’s quest to improve quality clinical care in trauma and orthopaedics at the district and sub-district level. This program is tailored specifically for clinical officers who would like to improve their skills as clinicians in trauma and orthopaedics.  As there are also diploma level orthopaedic clinical officers already in the health system in Malawi, a two year bachelor of science degree in trauma and orthopaedics has also been developed as an upgrading course from diploma to degree.

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The programme aims to improve management competencies of operational and middle managers in resource mobilization and utilization for maximum health benefits to the communities they serve. It enhances more proactive roles and efficiency in programme planning, leadership and management of service delivery, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes/projects. It will strengthen management and support systems at the District and community level and provide feedback to the Ministry of Health.

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The aim is to educate and train medical laboratory technologists who are versatile and able to apply principles and techniques in the routine and specialised analyses of biological specimens and other substances, manage and organise laboratory operations in accordance with Good Clinical Laboratory Practice and capable of carrying out clinical research to improve laboratory testing in Malawi. The training is tailored to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills in medical laboratory management, testing and interpretation of laboratory data in accordance with statutory requirements including quality, ethics and safety.

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This programme is aimed at equipping the Malawi health sector with pharmacists who have necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in order to help health institutions with everyday procurement and storage procedures of drugs, medicines and other health facilities. This, in turn, will help institutions avoid wastage and reduce costs of medicines on both short and long term bases.

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The Programme aims to equip the learners with knowledge, attitudes and skills in the physiotherapy and rehabilitative management of patients, clients and physiotherapy and rehabilitative facilities at all levels of health delivery system in collaboration with other departments and sectors.

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