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Faculty of Medical Sciences


Master of Public Health

About the Programme

The MPH programme at Cave Hill was developed in response to expressed training needs of the region to develop practitioners who are proficient in public health disciplines such as epidemiology, health promotion and public health leadership.

What Will I Study?

The MPH utilises a population-based approach to explore population health and wellness. Topics to be covered include: 
  • Analytical skill development: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Research Methods. 
  • Social and behavioural influences and health service delivery: Primary Health Care, Family Health, Environmental Health and Health Promotion. 
  • Management Sciences as applied to health care and communities

Facilities and Resources

Classes are held in a dedicated 24 hour access space at the Errol Walrond Building, Clinical Skills Complex, Jemmotts’ Lane, St. Michael.

Career Opportunities

If you want to:
  • Enhanced your capacity to function in your current job area
  • Secure the necessary qualification for advancement to a managerial or leadership role within your institution or another area of public health practice
  • Pursue further postgraduate studies

Possible careers include:

Public Sector
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Medical Officer of Health
  • Chief Public Health Nurse
  • Health Disaster Coordinator
  • Environmental Health Officer

Private Sector/NGO
  • Health advocate
  • Research project manager
  • Health and lifestyle consultant


Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment. Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies. The MPH welcomes local, international and regional students with medical and non-medical backgrounds.

Additional Information

Classes are held from 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. weekdays only.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MPH
  • Duration: Full-time-over 1 year Part-time- over 2 years


Programme Details

There are 18 approved courses which are offered. The programme is comprised of core and elective courses which include:


  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Computing for Public Health

  • Health Promotion
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Human Resource Management

All students must complete the Research Project and associated Project Management courses.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a self- financed programme for which the tuition fee is:

  • Regional Students BDS $ 25,000.00 (US$ 12,500.00)
  • International Students BDS$30,000.00 (US$ 15,000.00).
The other annual University Fees are NOT included in the cost of the tuition fee.

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year.

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in any of the Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Management Sciences or relevant professional qualifications at the graduate or post- graduate level. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview. It should be noted that Grade 1 or 2 in “O” level Mathematics (or equivalent) is a pre-requisite for the Epidemiology and Biostatistics courses.
  • Candidates must have their own laptop computers and possess good computing skills. Mathematics, English and computing skills may be assessed prior to entry into the programme.
  • A current CV, two (2) referee reports, academic transcript and letter of intent should accompany the application


The Public Health group undertakes research in many areas of Public Health often in collaboration with the George Alleyne Chronic Disease research Centre. Most recently the collaborative operating under the designation, the UWI COVID-19 Pubic Health group, supported the work of Ministries of Health and other entities across the region.

A sample of our work can be found at:

Faculty of Medical Sciences
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