HIV Care Cascade Training Program

The HIV Care Cascade Program trains health professionals at Kenyatta National Hospital and its partners at the Kenya Ministry of Health to conduct implementation science research that will improve HIV testing services, linkage to care and its delivery.

The program is in partnership with Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID),  and the National AIDS/STD Control Program (NASCOP).


Director, Dr. Carey Farquhar, University of Washington

Co-Director, Dr. John Kinuthia, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi

HIV Care Cascade Training Tracks

Training in a  variety of disciplines which have relevance for AIDS research can be provided, and training programs are individualized to meet the particular needs and career goals of each candidate.  Two educational tracks are offered:

  • Degree track: A 4-year MPH/PhD program in implementation science (including an unpaid “gap” year)
  • Non-degree track: A 1-year non-degree program in implementation science and health metrics

Four-year MPH/PhD degree track

This track provides in-depth training in concepts and methods in implementation science leading to an MPH from the University of Washington and a PhD from the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID).

  •  Year 1 will be at the UW registered in a one-year Masters in Public Health program in the Department of Global Health
  • Year 2 will be an unpaid gap year in Kenya. Student will finalize their PhD research proposal (which will use primary data), present the proposal to UNITID, and submit the proposal for ethical approval.
  • Years 3 and 4 will be spent conducting the PhD research study

One-year non-degree track

The non-degree track includes 3 months of coursework at the UW, followed by 9 months in Kenya taking additional UW courses via distance learning, attendance at seminars, and completion of a mentored research project.

All scholars will participate in an AIDS Core Curriculum, in addition to other activities.

 AIDS Core Curriculum  

  1. Responsible Conduct of International Research (Epidemiology 586/Global Health 532)*
  2. AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Epidemiology 530/Global Health 562)*
  3. Principles of Epidemiology (Epidemiology 511)*
  4. Principles of Biostatistics (Biostatistics 511)*
  5. Attendance at monthly IARTP Research Seminars
  6. Training in research with human subjects
  7. Attendance at monthly AIDS Clinical Conferences

*Courses are offered only during Fall quarter (September-December), the first quarter of the academic year.

Each scholar will have a faculty mentor selected on the basis of shared interests and potential for continued collaborative research.  The faculty mentor will coordinate the individualized training program for the scholar and will serve as advisor for research conducted or planned by the scholar.