The programme has been designed to meet the needs of regional health priorities 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. Candidates are required to gain 41 credits through successful completion of 10 compulsory courses, and the research project with the balance of credits to be made up from electives (2 in the first semester and 6 in the second).
Students who successfully complete the programme will meet the following learning objectives:
*Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy and principles of public health and their evolution; *Describe the natural history, biology, pathophysiology, risk factors, methods of investigation, and strategies for the prevention and control of several diseases, health conditions, or health behaviors important to public health; *Put into practice the concepts, study design, methods of implementation, and evaluation of epidemiologic investigations including their application to surveillance systems; *Show an understanding of the statistical, data management, and quality control procedures applied to data derived in public health practice settings; *Demonstrate the ability to summarize health related data and statistics, and to calculate and interpret associations and their relevance to practice situations; *Present demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific data accurately and effectively for professional and general audiences; *Use effective written and oral communication skills for presenting public health information and epidemiologic data; *Demonstrate the ability to synthesize knowledge of a specific problem and critically evaluate methods and findings; *Follow ethical and legal principles pertaining to public health research and practice, including their practical application; *Demonstrate the ability to integrate epidemiologic concepts and analytic approaches to the study of a specific public health problem in a practice setting and preparing a written and oral report for professionals in the practice setting; *Understand the role of epidemiology as a discipline in the context of public health and the broader health sciences, including its purpose, strengths, and limitations; *Demonstrate the ability to critically apply qualitative research methods to the study of a specific public health problem in a practice, and appropriately present their findings by written and oral means; *Show adequate knowledge, skills, and understanding in communication and informatics, diversity and culture, leadership, professionalism, program planning and systems thinking; *Provide an account of the history, development, current status and challenges to the health status of the people of the Caribbean.
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Recipient: University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
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