The "Science of Defeating Malaria" is a nomination-based leadership development course. The curriculum content, pedagogy, and selection of participants is overseen by a Faculty Planning Committee comprised of representatives of the academic consortium with input from an External Advisory Committee and Alumni Council.
The course organizers independently solicit course nominations from a diverse cross-section of the wider global health and malaria communities, including malaria experts, partners, and collaborators from academia and the business, public health, government, and biomedical research sectors. As a result of this competitive, global nomination process, course participants reflect future leaders of local, national, and international malaria efforts. The diverse range of professions represented in the course is indicative of the breadth of fields and sectors that need to work together to achieve malaria control and eradication. The nomination phase for the 2024 edition of the leadership course will begin in Fall. Unsolicited applications are not accepted.
The leadership course is specifically targeted toward individuals with the potential to advance to leadership roles in malaria within the next 2-5 years. Individuals must have primary professional responsibilities related to malaria control, elimination, and eradication efforts, including global public health, government, biomedical, public, and private sector professionals. Individuals invited to apply to "Science of Defeating Malaria" must submit a Curriculum Vitae and a 'Statement of Motivation' that outlines their professional interests in malaria and how the leadership course will benefit their career. Limited travel fellowships are available for individuals from malaria-endemic countries and are prioritized by the Faculty Planning Committee.
Using a framework of mutual learning and exchange combined with an interdisciplinary and participatory teaching format that mixes classroom lectures, case studies, expert discussions, and debates, participants explore the scientific and technological underpinnings of malaria, as well as the historical, political, social, and economic contexts in which control, elimination, and eradication efforts have unfolded.
Because the goal is to maximize resource sharing, materials from the course–faculty presentations, case studies, problem-solving exercises, and other resources–are made available to the course participants and the broader malaria community as a ‘public good’ whenever possible. Enrollment is open for the free, online companion edition of the leadership course called MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe. Faculty instructors include members of the Faculty Planning Committee, alums, and experts from the global malaria community.