Prof Adamson S. Muula Staff Profile

Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology

PhD. (US-North Carolina), MPH (US-Loma Linda), MBBS (Malawi), CPH (USA)   

Adamson Muula is professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at College of Medicine, University of Malawi. His formal education in science, medicine, public health and epidemiology was obtained from Flinders University (South Australia), Chancellor College and College of Medicine (Malawi), Loma Linda and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (US) and the University of Eastern Africa Baraton (Kenya).

He teaches Principles of Epidemiology to Masters in Biostatistics students at Chancellor College, he also supervises students’ research work. At College of Medicine, he has served as Deputy Dean of Medicine and later Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the College of Medicine. He has also served in: College Assessment Committee (as Coordinator), College Appointments and Disciplinary Committee, Chair of the College’s Research and Publications Committee, the College’s Postgraduate Committee, the College Library Committee, the College’s Professorial Inaugural Lectures as well as being councillor in the UNIMA Council, Board Member of the Medical Council of Malawi and the Civil Liberties Committee.

Prof Muula has authored/co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, see some of his publications on His research grants portfolio between 2012 and 2015 exceeds US$1.5 million. He has conducted dozens of consultancies in health (e.g. Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS, Family Planning) and assisted in the development of strategic plans for clients as diverse as: Ministry of Health, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS, National AIDS Commission, Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM), Plan International Malawi, and the World Health Organization.

Recent Publications

  1. Mazalale J, Kambala C, Brenner S, Chinkhumba J, Lohmann J, Mathanga DP, Robberstad B, Muula AS, De Allegri M. Factors associated with delivery outside a health facility: cross-sectional study in rural Malawi. Trop Med Int Health. 2015 Feb 6. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12473. [Epub ahead of print
  2. Nyondo AL, Choko AT, Chimwaza AF, Muula AS.Invitation Cards during Pregnancy Enhance Male Partner Involvement in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Blantyre, Malawi: A Randomized Controlled Open Label Trial. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 3;10(3):e0119273. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119273. eCollection 2015.
  3. Makaula P, Sadalaki JR, Muula AS, Kayuni S, Jemu S, Bloch P. Schistosomiasis in Malawi: a systematic review. Parasit Vectors. 2014 Dec 10;7(1):570. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Nyondo A, Chimwaza A, Muula A. Exploring the relevance of male involvement in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV services in Blantyre, Malawi. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2014 Oct 30;14(1):30. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Mandeville KL, Ulaya G, Lagarde M, Gwesele L, Dzowela T, Hanson K, Muula AS. Early career retention of Malawian medical graduates: a retrospective cohort study. Trop Med Int Health. 2015 Jan;20(1):106-14. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12408. Epub 2014 Oct 20.
  6. Chinkhumba J, De Allegri M, Muula AS, Robberstad B. Maternal and perinatal mortality by place of delivery in sub-Saharan Africa: a meta-analysis of population-based cohort studies. BMC Public Health. 2014 Sep 28;14:1014. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1014.
  7. Maseko FC, Chirwa ML, Muula AS. Client satisfaction with cervical cancer screening in Malawi. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Sep 22;14:420. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-420.
  8. Rachlis B, Cole DC, van Lettow M, Escobar M, Muula AS, Ahmad F, Orbinski J, Chan AK. Follow-Up Visit Patterns in an Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) programme in Zomba, Malawi. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 17;9(7):e101875. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101875. eCollection 2014.
  9. Nyondo AL, Chimwaza AF, Muula AS. Stakeholders' perceptions on factors influencing male involvement in prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV services in Blantyre, Malawi. BMC Public Health. 2014 Jul 7;14:691. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-691.
  10. Brenner S, Muula AS, Robyn PJ, Bärnighausen T, Sarker M, Mathanga DP, Bossert T, De Allegri M. Design of an impact evaluation using a mixed methods model--an explanatory assessment of the effects of results-based financing mechanisms on maternal healthcare services in Malawi. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Apr 22;14:180. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-180.
  11. Sawatsky AP, Parekh N, Muula AS, Bui T. Specialization training in Malawi: a qualitative study on the perspectives of medical students graduating from the University of Malawi College of Medicine. BMC Med Educ. 2014 Jan 6;14:2. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-2.
  12. Umar E, Mandalazi P, Jere D, Muula A. Should female health providers be involved in medical male circumcision? Narratives of newly circumcised men in Malawi. Malawi Med J. 2013 Sep;25(3):72-7.
  13. Nyondo AL, Muula AS, Chimwaza AF. Assessment of strategies for male involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services in Blantyre, Malawi. Glob Health Action. 2013 Dec 16;6:22780. doi: 10.3402/gha.v6i0.22780.
  14. Siziya S, Muula AS, Rudatsikira E. Correlates of diarrhoea among children below the age of 5 years in Sudan. Afr Health Sci. 2013 Jun;13(2):376-83. doi: 10.4314/ahs.v13i2.26.
  15. Kalata NL, Kamange L, Muula AS. Adherence to hand hygiene protocol by clinicians and medical students at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre-Malawi. Malawi Med J. 2013 Jun;25(2):50-2.
  16. Mwambene JB, Muula AS, Leo JC. Prevalence and correlates of hunger among primary and secondary school children in Malawi: results from the 2009 Global School-based Health Survey. Malawi Med J. 2013 Jun;25(2):45-9.
  17. Cometto G, Tulenko K, Muula AS, Krech R.  Health workforce brain drain: from denouncing the challenge to solving the problem.PLoS Med. 2013;10(9):e1001514. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001514. Epub 2013 Sep 17.
  18. Mulenga D, Siziya S, Rudatsikira E, Mukonka VM, Babaniyi O, Songolo P, Muula AS. District specific correlates for hypertension in Kaoma and Kasama rural districts of Zambia. Rural Remote Health. 2013;13(3):2345. Epub 2013 Sep 19.
  19. Rachlis B, Ahmad F, van Lettow M, Muula AS, Semba M, Cole DC. Using concept mapping to explore why patients become lost to follow up from an antiretroviral therapy program in the Zomba District of Malawi. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Jun 11;13:210. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-210

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