Halima Twabi Mdala Alumni Profile

Programme: Master of Science in Biostatistics

Halima Twabi received her first degree in science from Chancellor College, University of Malawi. She enrolled for the Masters in Biostatistics programme in September 2012 and graduated in 2016. Her thesis was titled “Modelling length of Hospital stay for TB treated In-Patients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital: An application of competing risks modelling”, supervised by Dr. Mavuto Mukaka.

Halima has since published her thesis work with Open Acc Biostat Bioinform. She also presented her masters thesis work at various International Conferences; the Merck Africa Research Summit 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland; the Kenyatta University International Conference 2015, Kenya; and the 34th SAMSA 2015 Conference, Namibia. She is interested to do more research in epidemiology and community health. She was also part of the Chancellor College research team that did a study on “Longitudinal Comparative Analysis of Performance in College Mathematics between Students who attended Public and Private Secondary Schools in Malawi: A Case of Chancellor College”.

She has since enrolled for a PhD programme in Biostatistics with University of Malawi at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chancellor College beginning January 2017.

Halima joined the Biostatistics masters programme while working as Instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Chancellor College. She is also currently serving as treasurer of Statistical Association of Malawi.


1. Twabi HS, Mukaka M*. Modelling Length of Hospital Stay for Tuberculosis Treated in-Patients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital: a Competing Risk Perspective. Open Acc Biostat Bioinform. 1(2). OABB.000507. 2018.

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