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

Staff: Academic


Dr. Natasha Sobers-Grannum
Dr. Natasha Sobers-Grannum
Titles: Lecturer in Public Health
Department: FMS
Discipline: Clinical Faculty (Phase II)
Qualifications: MBBS (UWI) PGDip (LSHTM) MPH (USF)
Contact: Office: (246) 271-1508
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Teaching Areas: Natasha co-coordinates the following courses for medical undergraduates students: Health and the environment, Understanding research, Health Services management and Social and preventative medicine. In addition she is also a course coordinator for the Primary Health Care and Biostatistics courses offered at the postgraduate level in the Masters of Public Health program and assists in the supervision of students research projects for the MPH.
Biography: Natasha Sobers-Grannum Dr. Sobers-Grannum is a Lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus with responsibility for teaching public health and epidemiology  and mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate students in developing research skills and projects for the MBBS and postgraduate degrees. She performs clinical teaching duties in primary health care centres in Barbados and collaborates with the Ministry of Health on epidemiological and statistical analysis of routinely collected data. Natasha led the analysis and reporting of mortality data for the Ministry of Health’s Chief Medical Officer’s report for the years 2004-2009.
Natasha is a UWI medical graduate who has been a medical practitioner in the island of Barbados for over 15 years. After completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology: principles and practices at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she then obtained a Fulbright scholarship to facilitate her pursuit of a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of South Florida.
Research: Research
Natasha is particularly interested in the biomedical, social, political and economic factors influencing the trends in cardiovascular disease and risk factors in the Caribbean and in being able to evaluate and predict the impact of programmes implemented to influence these trends. She is a co-investigator on a study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities the aim of which is to describe the health inequities in specified health outcomes such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, breast and prostate cancer.
Publications: Selected Publications:
Articles published in refereed journals.
M. Abed; E. Morris; N. Sobers-Grannum Workplace violence against medical staff in healthcare facilities in Barbados Occupational Medicine 2016;doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqw073

Crooks V, Sobers-Grannum NP Achieving Health Equity in Barbados: Setting Priorities for Change WIMJ Open 01/2016; 13(1). doi: 10.7727/wimjopen.2015.001

Sobers-Grannum N, Murphy MM, Nielsen A, Guell C, Samuels TA, Bishop L, et al. (2015) Female Gender Is a Social Determinant of Diabetes in the Caribbean: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLOS ONE 10(5): e0126799. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126799

Hambleton IR1, Jeyaseelan S, Howitt C, Sobers-Grannum N, Hennis AJ, Wilks RJ, Harris EN, MacLeish M, Sullivan LW; US Caribbean Alliance for Health Disparities Research Group. Cause-of-Death Disparities in the African Diaspora: Exploring Differences Among Shared-Heritage Populations. Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr 23:e1-e8. [Epub ahead of print]

Sobers-Grannum NP, Springer K, Ferdinand EF, St.John J. Response to the challenges of pandemic H1N1 in a small island state: the Barbadian experience BMC Public Health 2010, 10(Suppl 1):S10

Chambers EC, Tull ES, Fraser H, Mutunhu NR, Sobers NP, Niles E. 'Family History of Diabetes is related to abnormal insulin sensitivity in African Caribbean girls of low birth weight: Is catch-up weight important?' Ethnicity and Disease 2005 Summer; 15 (3) 424-8

Chambers EC, Tull ES, Fraser H, Mutunhu NR, Sobers NP, Niles E 'The relationship of internalized racism to fat body distribution and insulin resistance among African adolescent youth' Journal of National Medical Association 2004 December; 96(12): 1594-8

Brown CR, Hambleton IR, Hercules SM, Alvarado M, Unwin N, Murphy MM, Harris EN, Wilks R, MacLeish M, Sullivan L, Sobers-Grannum N; U.S. Caribbean Alliance for Health Disparities Research Group (USCAHDR). Social determinants of breast cancer in the Caribbean: a systematic review  Int J Equity Health. 2017 Apr 5;16(1):60. doi: 10.1186/s12939-017-0540-z. Review.

Brown CR, Hambleton IR, Sobers-Grannum N, Hercules SM, Alvarado M, Unwin N, Harris EN, Wilks R, MacLeish M, Sullivan L, Murphy MM; U.S. Caribbean Alliance for Health Disparities Research Group (USCAHDR).Social Determinants of Depression in the Caribbean: A Systematic Review Annals of Global Health , Volume 83 , Issue 1 , 73 - 74

Book Chapters
Unwin N, Guell C, Sobers-Grannum N, Nielsen A, System Dynamics Modeling and Finding Solutions to the “Wicked” Public Health Problem of Preventing Chronic Diseases Handbook of Applied System Science, 2016 


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