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

Graduate Programmes: Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)


To provide world class education to a diverse, multidisciplinary student body who will contribute to the development and application of scientific knowledge for the promotion of wellness and the prevention and control of disease in human populations


Through education and active engagement in wider society to:

  • Promote population health and wellness, prevent illness, disability, and injury, and manage those living with disease;
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of efficient, effective and equitable health care systems through education, research, and service; and
  • Promote healthy public policy.


The development of the MPH programme at Cave Hill is in response to training needs of the region, including the needs to develop practitioners in public health and epidemiology, and the need for public health leadership. The programme has been designed to a standard that meets the requirements of internationally recognised curricula for public health, including those of the Association of Schools of Public Health (US based) and the UK Faculty of Public Health. The programme began in 2008, and is aligned with the programmes at the Mona and St. Augustine campuses. The programme encompasses instruction in the core public health areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health science, healthy policy and management, social and behavioral sciences and research methodology, and includes interdisciplinary/cross cutting competencies in communication and informatics, leadership and professionalism, public health biology and systems thinking. The MPH programme at Cave Hill is offered as a full-time programme over twelve (12) months or part-time over 2 years.


Candidates should have a University degree in any of the Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Management Sciences or relevant professional qualifications at the graduate or post-graduate level. Participants will be selected by a review panel which may require applicants to be interviewed, whether in person or by phone. It should be noted that O'levels Mathematics or equivalent is a pre-requisite for Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Candidates must have their own laptop computers and possess good computing skills.


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