14th October 2019


Makerere University – University of Indiana (MU-IU) Training Program

The Makerere University – University of Indiana (MU-IU) Research Collaboration recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the MIND (Malarial Impact on Neurobehavioral Development) study. There is an opportunity for doctoral training in Health Economics within this study. The purpose of this training and development grant is to build research capacity to develop and strengthen the scientific leadership and expertise needed for research in Uganda and East Africa in general.

Global Health Uganda (GHU) on behalf of the MU-IU Research Collaboration now invites applications for Doctoral degree training in HEALTH ECONOMICS (1 position).

The health economics training is expected to be tenured through University of Bergen (UiB), Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Section for Ethics and Health Economics and Centre for International Health (  & starting the 2020/2021 academic year.

The successful applicant will be expected to undergo training within a structured and mentored environment. The focus of the programme is on research relevant to East Africa and all research projects will be within our existing MIND study in Uganda. Our research of observational and interventional studies focus on central nervous system infections, malaria, sickle cell anemia, high dependency care, child health and development, neurodevelopment, epilepsy and biomarkers in these areas. The thesis research of the applicant will be in health economics, and focus on long term consequences of severe malaria in children. All applicants must show a commitment to pursuing an academic and/or research career within East Africa. The successful candidate will be expected to commit 100% of their time.

MIND (Malarial Impact on Neurobehavioral Development) study is a collaboration study among 4 institutions in Uganda-Africa, Europe and the US funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct an observational study;

a) to establish the duration and age-specific manifestations of neurobehavioral sequelae of severe malaria from childhood to early adulthood.
b) determine the functional and economic costs of neurobehavioral sequelae of severe malaria and
c) identify the metabolic, immunologic and parasitic factors predictive of long term neurobehavioral and functional impairment after severe malaria.

Capacity building activities include PhD support for a candidate associated with the MIND study host institution affiliate. MIND Study specific aim related to this doctoral.

MIND Study specific aim related to this doctoral training
Functional and economic costs of neurobehavioral sequelae of severe malaria. This aim of the MIND study is to assess the functional and economic costs of neurobehavioral sequelae of severe malaria. This aim hypothesizes that the neurobehavioral sequelae of severe
malaria result in substantial societal costs in terms of academic achievement, social adjustment, health-related quality of life and economic productivity that have yet to be well quantified.
The study will also have economic evaluation done to estimate and summarize the absolute and incremental costs and health benefits of interventions to prevent malaria and the neurobehavioral outcomes.
The PhD student will co-ordinate the data collection for the economic study in Uganda. The PhD student will be required to produce at least three quantitative health economic papers. The successful applicant will document health economics competence at this level, and demonstrate experience in field work co-ordination in a low-income empirical context.
Experience in conducting applied economic evaluations for health care will be particularly valued.

Financing terms and PhD programme
The PhD project will have a duration of four years. The following will be included:
 >> Monthly stipend, medical insurance, travel expenses and career mentoring will be provided for by Global Health Uganda.

>> Tuition and scientific supervision will be provided by University of Bergen.

>> Centralized training on research methods and dissemination skills.

Selection procedure and criteria:

1. Applicants should either have a relevant 2-year Master of Science or Art degree in Economics or another relevant social science discipline, or a Master of Medicine degree or its equivalent or a Master in another relevant health sciences discipline. Holders of 1-year master degrees are not eligible, unless complemented by at least oneyear additional training at the same level.

2. A personal statement demonstrating commitment to a career in research and academia

3. Willingness to fully commit time and effort to their PhD.

4. Knowledge and skills relevant to the PhD topic applied for (see specific project description for details).

5. Candidate not holding other fellowships, and not holding a PhD.

6. Personal motivation of the candidate as demonstrated by his/her personal statement and responses during interview.

Application procedure:
Applicants should download the application form from, complete and submit with appropriate supporting documents to The supporting documents should include the following:
>> CV (maximum 2 pages) and a publication list.
>> Names and contact information for two referees.
>> A synopsis focusing on the subject of the PhD call, describing shortly what is already known and key challenges and including some key references (Max. 1000 words excluding references).
>> A personal statement on commitment to a career in research and academia (Max. 500 words).
>> A brief career development plan (Max. 500 words).
>> Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades. Applicant need to attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English, if the original is not in this language. It is required that the applicant enclose a confirmation from NOKUT that the education in question is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see for more
information about NOKUT’s general recognition.
Applications must be sent not later than 25th October 2019 5:00 PM East African Standard Time.

Selection procedure:
>> Shortlisted applicants will be informed by 28th October 2019– and interviews will be conducted on 4th November 2019.

>> Please note that at the interview, you will be expected to make a 10 minute power point presentation of any scientific work you have conducted.

Further particulars can be obtained from Global Health Uganda through email: or call +256-393-516707.
NB: Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Please merge all files into one (1) PDF document. Hand delivered applications will NOT be accepted!