The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Dr. Heather Harewood
Titles: Lecturer in Public Health & Epidemiology
Department: FMS
Discipline: Basic Medical Science Faculty (Phase I)
Additional Titles: Programme Coordinator, Masters in Public Health
Qualifications: UWI BSc(Hons), MBBS, DrPh, Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, University of Birmingham (UK) -MPH
Contact: (Office) 246-417-4690
Biography: Heather Harewood is currently a Lecturer in Public Health.  She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology and MBBS and the Doctor of Public Health (high commendation) from UWI and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Birmingham (UK).  Heather was invloved in the administration and delivery of the MPH, Cave Hill as an Associate Lecturer from 2009 prior to joining the faculty full time in 2015.

She worked for many years as a Medical Officer of Health with the Ministry of Health Barbadosand held administrative responsibilty for the delivery of Public Heath and primary care services, the preparation of annual estimates of expenditure using results of healthcare evaluation and needs assessments to develop proposals to fund new and ongoing programmes.  Additional responsibilities included clinical duties in the Maternal and Child Health clinics, teaching Officers in the planning and delivery of health education programmes and collaboration with the Ministry of Health at the policy level including acting on several occasions as Senior Medical Officer of Health.

Medical undergraduates: heather coordinates and lectures on Health Services Management and lectures in Health and Environment and Understanding Research courses.  She is also involved in the teaching and assessment of medical undergraduates in Child Health and Family Medicine.

Bachelor of Health Sciences: Lectures on the Health Services Management course, a member of the BHS cirriculum comittee.

Postgraduate (MPH): Heather coordinates and lectures on Environmental Health and Health Economics courses and co-ordinates and lectures on the Family Helth and Health Crae Systems courses and supervises student research.

Heather's research interest are Maternal and Child Health, environment and health and workshops wellness.  Most recently she has conducted research exploring experiences and perceptions of cancer patients in accessing health care.
  • Cancer Awareness Realities and Experiences. The aim is to explore the perceptions and experiences of adult patients with diagnosis of cancer regarding their access and referral to services and continuity of care.
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Mortality Study - a mixed methods study.  The qualitative component is divided into parallel arms: arm one focuses on the health professional experience and arm two focuses on the experience of patients who are post STEMI.
  Refereed Scholary Output
  • Global, regional and international prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2013. Lancet 2014 Aug 29; 384(9945):766-81.Epub 2014 May 19
Non-refereed Scholary Output
  • 2014: Needs Assessment Report on the St. Kitt's National HIV Program Response between February and April 2014.  Report produced for UWI, Mona an dthe Caribbean Regional Training and Technical Assistance programme (CARTTA)
  • Plan of Action to maintain the Measles-free Status of Barbados for the 2013 -2014 prepared for the Ministary of Health for submission to the International Expert Committee (IEC) Implementation of the Resolution CPS28.R14- Plan of Action for maintaining Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome elimination in the Region of the Americas.  Report submitted August 2013 (12 pages)
  • 2013: 'Small health care Facilities Matter: Enhancing the Resilience of Smaller Health Care Facilities in Barbados' by dr. Heather Harewood, Medical Officer, Ministry of Health in Barbados: published in Issue 119, April 2013 Pan American health Organization Newsletter:- Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. Available here »»
  • Co-autjor: National Policy Document, prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV Guidelines, (officially launched November, 2009) (17pages)
Additional Information:
  • Member of the American Public Health Association
  • 2014-2016: Served as a member of the CARICOM task force for youth and adolescent health 
  • 2012-present: collaboration with Global Burden of Disease project 

Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC)
Professor Alafia Samuels, Director George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre

Professor Ian Hambleton, Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Natasha Sobers, Lecturer in Epidemiology

Dr. Kim Quimby, Lecturer in Immunology

Dr. Christina Howitt, Lecturer in Data Science

Contact the Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: (246) 417- 4694/4703/4264 Fax: (246) 438-9170 Email: