Lecturer in economics and deputy head of department

BSoc (Economics) MA (Health economics) PhD (Health economics)

Academic qualifications

Jacob Mazalale obtained his PhD in Health Economics in 2016 at Heidelberg University on a collaborative program between Heidelberg University and College of Medicine of the University of Malawi. Prior to that, in 2010, he obtained his MSc in Health Economics and Pharmaco-economics at Cardiff University in Wales in 2010 on a collaborative program between Cardiff University and Hochschule Fresenuis. Jacob did his Bachelor of Social Sciences (majoring in Economics) at the Chancellor College of the Univeristy of Malawi.


Awards and grants

·         NORAD PhD Fellowships Grant: by College of Medicine, Blantyre 2013-2016

·         Policy Communication Fellows Program Grant: by Population Reference Bureau (PRB) 2015-2016, Washington D.C.

·         Travel grant: Going beyond impact evaluation: PBF of Healthcare Provision in Low-Income Countries Workshop (June 2013)

·         Health Equity Analysis Training: World Health Organization 2008, Lilongwe

·         Mixed Method Research Training, Heidelberg University, 2012, Heidelberg

·         Research Data Management Training, University of Malawi (College of Medicine) 2012, Blantyre

·         Statistical analysis for Health: Training by University of Malawi (College of Medicine) 2013, Blantyre

·         Good Research Practices in Global Health Research: Training by


Courses taught

Introduction to epidemiology – Masters class

Introduction to health economics - Masters and bachelors classes

Healthcare Management - Bachelors class

Elementary Macroeconomics - Bachelors class


Areas of research interest

Health economics research, Impact evaluation of health interventions, Health financing, Economic evaluation of health interventions, Social determinants of health, Health equity, Health systems strengthening and health policy research, Micro-economics


Consultancies and other work experience

Jacob has worked on health financing (national health accounts, resource mapping, national budgeting), project management (grant management, and district implementation planning and evaluation), and health policy development and review (such as SWAp reviews, sector implementation reviews). He has also worked on impact evaluation of health interventions using routine data.



Mazalale J, Kambala C, Brenner S, Chinkhumba J, Lohmann J, Mathanga DP, et al. Factors associated with delivery outside a health facility: cross-sectional study in rural Malawi. Trop Med Int Health. 2015 May 1;20(5):617–26. doi:10.1111/tmi.12473.


Kambala C, Lohmann J, Mazalale J, Brenner S, Allegri MD, Muula AS, et al. How do Malawian women rate the quality of maternal and newborn care? Experiences and perceptions of women in the central and southern regions. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Aug 15;15(1):169. doi:10.1186/s12884-015-0560-x.

News Search

About Chancellor College

Chancellor College is the largest among the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Ever since its establishment, the college has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in various sectors of Malawian society.

Learn More