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UWI Launches Master of Public Health (MPH) programme

For Release Upon Receipt - October 28, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago will officially launch its new Master of Public Health (MPH)programme, developed in collaboration with the University of Alabama-Birmingham, at 11 a.m. on Thursday 29th October, 2009 in a brief ceremony at the Office of the Campus Principal.

The launch will be attended by Sir George Alleyne, University Chancellor; Professor E. Nigel Harris, University Vice Chancellor; Professor Clement Sankat, St Augustine Campus Principal; Professor Dyer Narinesingh, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture; and Professor Samuel  Ramsewak, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Representation is also expected from the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health.

The new MPH is being offered as a part-time programme over two years. Three units will offer the programme: the FMS Unit of Public Health and Primary Care, the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, and the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The MPH is recognized internationally as the required degree in many ancillary medical fields including occupational health, public health, epidemiology, hospital management, health planning, environmental safety and food & nutrition.

The programme aims to equip persons with the essential skills to assess and manage the health of communities and to advance and promote public health. Graduates will be able to provide persons with the fundamental and critical skills for assessing community health problems and responding to public health challenges. The programme also intends to enable persons to use and apply principles, methods and analytical techniques of public health and allied disciplines for the improvement of population health and well-being.

Upon completion, participants will also be able to plan and manage public health programmes, develop and implement solutions to the public health problems, both within the context and settings of the Caribbean region and globally. Successful participants may specialize in the MPH (Health Management), MPH (Health Promotion), MSc. (Monitoring and Evaluation), Certificate and Diploma (Monitoring and Evaluation), Master of Veterinary Public Health, Master of Dental Public Health, or Master of Nursing Public Health.

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Medical Sciences in Trinidad and Tobago is situated at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mount Hope, and comprises the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy and Advanced Nursing Education. This Faculty’s Medical School is the only one in the Caribbean to offer problem-based learning, a system that integrates student small group interaction with didactic lectures. The Faculty of Medical Sciences offers the MD by Thesis in clinical disciplines, and professional training in Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radiology, Psychiatry, Orthopaedics, as well as a choice of research-based Postgraduate degrees in the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine for graduates interested in pursuing research work in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Public Health.



When The University of the West Indies (UWI) was founded in 1948 at Mona, Jamaica as a College of the University of London, thirty-three students from nine countries of the British West Indies were admitted to the founding Faculty of Medicine. Today, UWI is an international university with over 40,000 students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean.