Nyovani Madise obtained her PhD in 1993. It investigated the interface between birth interval length and infant mortality in Malawi using multilevel statistical modelling.
Before joining the University of Southampton in 1994, Nyovani worked as a lecturer in statistics at the University of Malawi. Nyovani co-directed Opportunities and Choices, a DFID-funded knowledge programme of research in reproductive health between 1999 and 2001, and she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the African Population Health Research Centre in Nairobi. Nyovani was the first director of the Centre for AIDS Research. Nyovani is co-Director of the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty, and Policy. She is also continuing to work on her research on child survival, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and family planning in sub-Saharan Africa.