November 2009

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Master of Public Health

A month ago, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago officially launched its new Master of Public Health (MPH) programme, developed in collaboration with the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

The new MPH is being offered as a part-time programme over two years by 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 and 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.

To be admitted to the prescribed course of study for the degree of Master of Public Health (MPH) candidates must either:

            • Be registered medical practitioners, dental surgeons, or veterinary surgeons, with at least three years professional experience preferably in Public Health after successfully completing the final examination in their discipline; or
            • Be graduates of an approved university with at least three years of relevant practical experience; or
            • Hold an approved technical or professional qualification awarded by an approved body and approved by this university and have had at least five years relevant practical experience; or
            • Have in the opinion of the University, other qualifications of special relevance to the course and in the opinion of the University, have had at least five years of relevant practical experience.

Applicants will be required to submit an online application and a statement of intent written application and may in some instances be required to attend an interview to be eligible for selection to the programme.