The MHBCC program has been introduced to respond to the need and demand for qualified behaviour change communication (BCC) specialists. The goal of the program is therefore to support Malawi government’s effort of improving the health status of its population through empowerment of human resources so that they take professional lead in the health sector.
The introduction of the MHBCC has been stimulated by over 15 years of experience in the health Promotion and Communication in which the following gaps had been observed:
The programme content is arranged to achieve incremental learning and refinement of skills as follows:
The MHBCC is a two year programme covering 14 modules and will be offered on block release to afford students flexibility to study while working.
It allocates six modules to the first semester and another six modules to the second semester. Semester three is dedicated to proposal development
and the last semester to research and the thesis.
First Semester Modules: Diseases, Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Communications Management; Social and Behaviour Change Communication Theories; Mass Media and BCC Materials; Strategic Health Communications and Promotions; Monitoring and Evaluations.
Second Semester Modules: Environmental Health and Sustainable Development; Communications Ethics, Law and Health Rights; Knowledge and Health Management Information Systems; Interpersonal Media and Community Mobilization for Behaviour Change; Project Management; Research Methodology
With financial support from Welcome Trust through National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) and managed by Centre for Water, Sanitation, Health & Appropriate Technology Development (WASHTED), the following teaching & learning resources have been developed for the program.
The program targets those with not less than two years of experience in relevant health field and have a bachelor’s degree with a strong pass in any of the following: environmental health, communications, journalism, media studies, health promotions, health education, humanities or any other related field.
The programme has been designed by experts in Development, Social and Behaviour Change Communication in the Department of Language and Communications within the Faculty of Education and Media Studies and will be offered by the department in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Health (as main partners) who will offer health related modules.
Some modules will be offered by the departments of Mathematics; Computing, Information and Technology; Journalism and Media Studies, Business and Management Studies. Some experts will also be outsourced from the industry.
For more information about the programme please contact:
Masters of Arts in Health and Behaviour Change Communication (MHBCC)
Department of Language and Communications Studies
Polytechnic, University of Malawi, Private Bag 303, Chichiri, Blantyre 3, Malawi
Attention: Dr Peter Mhagama, firstname.lastname@example.org