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PostGraduate Diploma In HIV Medicne

The College of Medicine (CoM) was established in 1991 as a constituent college of the University of Malawi with a mission “to be an academic centre of excellence in the training of doctors and other health professionals in clinical service and medical research, responsive to the health needs of Malawi and its neighbours within the Southern African region”. The Faculty of Medicine is proud to introduce a new academic program which will be starting in 2017. The program will be in addition to the many highly successful health related courses including the MBBS programme.


HIV continues to be a major health issue in Malawi with 10.3% of Malawian adults aged 15 and 49 were living with HIV, with about 34,000 new infections and 48,000 deaths occurring annually. Malawi has embarked on an accelerated aggressive scale-up of ART provision with aim to control the HIV epidemic by 2030. To achieve these targets, Malawi needs to have large numbers of trained health care workers to deliver care to HIV infected patients and deliver preventive measures. The postgraduate diploma in HIV medicine will enable the practitioner to work at HIV medicine specialist level, managing complex HIV issues at urban health centre, district and tertiary/referral hospital level.


Who should apply? Students who are interested in acquiring skills to work at HIV Medicine specialist level.


Course content: This is a one and a half-year postgraduate diploma program with modules in Virology and immunology; Epidemiology of HIV; HIV Diagnosis, Transmission and Prevention of transmission; Laboratory monitoring in the management of HIV disease;

Goals of Antiretroviral therapy (ART) and Classes of Drugs for the management of HIV (pharmacology); Complications of HIV infection; Sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV; HIV and Psychosocial and ethical issues; Supportive Management of the HIV infected patient; and Occupational Health and HIV.


Mode of delivery: The program will be delivered part-time over 3 semesters via a combination of seminars, tutorials, supervised clinical practice and self-study delivered through: face to face lectures or via several e-learning platforms and practical work with patient contact via the ART clinic and medical wards at QECH.


Program fees: USD 2,900 (15 bursaries are available on a competitive basis)


Admission Requirements:

  1. A degree in Clinical Medicine or Nursing.
  2. Working experience of at least 2 years experience working in private or government health facilities, in research and academic institutions (universities) and NGOs dealing with HIV care provision.
  3. Registered with the relevant regulatory body (e.g. Medical Council of Malawi; Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi and Poisons, Medicines and Pharmaceuticals Board) and have MOH ART provider certification.


A non-refundable application fee of MK8000.00 for Malawians and $300.00 for non-Malawians.


Payment should be made to:







Find attached the Application-Form


Application forms that do not meet the requirements stated above will not be processed.


Completed application should be sent for consideration for intake beginning 2 January 2018 by 31st October 2017 to:


The Registrar

College of Medicine

Private Bag 360


Blantyre 3, Malawi

Attention: Assistant Registrar (Academic)


Tel: + 265 (0) 1 874 107, Fax +265 (0) 1 874 700