Grenada Class of 2017 Encouraged to Climb From “Good to Great”

With an excellent education under their wings, sound advice to lean on and the world before them, greatness is within reach for the St. George’s University Class of 2017.

Such was explained by those who addressed the more than 300 graduates at this month’s commencement ceremony in Grenada, including an SGU alumnus who once stood in the graduates’ shoes. Joel Jack, BSc SGU ’03, an Assemblyman of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and the Keynote Speaker for the evening, implored his fellow alumni to find their passion, prepare for change, and embrace the future, citing Jim Collins’ inspirational book, “Good to Great.”

“When what you are deeply passionate about and what drives your economic engine come together, not only does your work move towards greatness but so too does your life,” said Mr. Jack, Deputy Chief Secretary and Secretary of Finance and the Economy of THA. “For in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.”

Blossom Philbert, 2017 SAS Valedictorian

Joining him in the family of SGU alumni were graduates representing 33 countries across the globe. The 2017 class included nearly 150 students from the School of Arts and Sciences and more than 120 from the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, medical doctorates were conferred on 65 Caribbean graduates, with one new Grenadian veterinarian in attendance. Ceremonies for the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine will take place in June at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

In her address to the crowd, valedictorian Blossom Philbert, BSc ’17, also quoted Collins, saying “greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is a matter of conscious choice.” She went on to compare life to that of a book, but unlike the chapters of their textbooks, they could not flip forward to see how many more pages were left.

“My next chapter might last four years, whereas the person sitting next to me might write six chapters in four years,” Ms. Philbert said. “It matters not as along as those chapters are representative of the journey that leads to a life full of greatness, which will ultimately give a pleasant read when we flip back through its pages.”

Among the degrees conferred by the School of Graduate Studies, Dr. Trevor Noel became the fifth student — and first Grenadian—to earn his Doctor of Philosophy at SGU. Dr. Noel was simultaneously inducted into the Gamma Kappa Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society for his extraordinary service to public health and invaluable contributions to the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF).

Dr. Rudi Webster

St. George’s University also recognized Dr. Rudi Webster with its Distinguished Service Award for his work spanning the fields of medicine, sports, diplomacy, and politics. Dr. Webster was instrumental in establishing the Shell Cricket Academy at SGU, where he served as Academy Director – an endeavor which signified that SGU was not just a medical school but much more. Several of SGU’s Shell Academy graduates went on to play for the West Indies cricket team, including Darren Sammy, who captained the team to two consecutive T20 World Cups.

“To this year’s graduates, all that you have achieved so far shows what you have learned and what you have done,” stated Dr. Webster. “However, it does not reflect what you can learn, and what you can become. That should be your focus now.”

“Many of us in the Caribbean believe that we are not good enough and that something is missing. This is incredible because the secret to our success already lies within us—it’s called self-acceptance. That was the secret of the West Indies Cricket team’s 15 years of success,” added Dr. Webster. “Self-acceptance is going to be the key to your success and it differs from self-confidence. Although your self-confidence may fluctuate depending on your success or failure, self-acceptance means you value yourself as a worthwhile human being regardless of if you succeed or you fail. We in the Caribbean are just as smart and have just as much talent as anyone else in the world, and I have proven that.”

Visionary: Chancellor Charles Modica Receives Mike Fisher Memorial Award

Dr. Charles R. Modica, founder and Chancellor of St George’s University, has received the 2017 Mike Fisher Memorial Award at a ceremony in the House of Lords in London.

Forty years ago, Chancellor Modica saw an opportunity to provide an international education to talented prospective medical students. The Charter MD class matriculated in January 1977, and since then more than 14,000 MD graduates have gone on to practice medicine in a variety of disciplines the world over.

The Mike Fisher Award – given annually since 2006 – acknowledges the work of the late Mike Fisher, formerly of the pharmaceutical company, Merck, whose original research led to the discovery of the drug Ivermectin, which has spared 35 million people in developing countries from blindness and disfigurement and provided domestic animals and livestock with healthier lives.

The award was presented to Dr. Modica in recognition of his achievements in founding and developing St George’s University, from a single MD program four decades ago to a University offering more than 53 programs through its School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Arts and Sciences. With students and faculty drawn from 140 countries, approximately 20 percent of SGU’s alumni come from Commonwealth countries, with many returning home to practice medicine. In total, Dr. Modica’s efforts have produced over 17,000 graduates in the field of medicine, veterinary medicine, and public health.

Many of these graduates have subsequently made enormous contributions to the field of One Health and are working and practicing in more than 50 countries worldwide.

“Dr. Modica’s vision and leadership over the last 40 years have significantly impacted the health and wellbeing of millions of people and animals on all continents,” the award citation states. “The value of this contribution to mankind cannot be overstated and epitomizes the key characteristics of the Mike Fisher Memorial Award.”

The award was presented at the fourth WINDREF Dinner at the House of Lords in the British Parliament by Baroness Howells of St. Davids, President of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), the research institute on St. George’s University’s True Blue campus.

St. George’s University Mourns Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior

Ernest Jackson Lawson Soulsby, Baron Soulsby of Swaffham Prior passed away on Monday at his home in Swaffham Prior. As the former President of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, former Chairman of the UK Board of Trustees for WINDREF, and a 20-year member of the Academic Board, he leaves behind a noteworthy legacy at St. George’s University. His remarkable career spanned five decades, during which he made significant contributions to veterinary and human medicine, global public health, parasitology, immunology, and zoonosis through his teaching, inspiring leadership, and scholarly contributions.

“Lord Soulsby’s contributions to WINDREF and St. George’s University leave an incredible legacy, but it is in his contributions to global health and education that his legacy will most endure,” said Calum Macpherson, Vice Provost for International Program Development, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and Director of Research at St. George’s University, and Vice President and Director of WINDREF. “He will be missed by the many students and others who have met him as well as by the thousands who have relied upon his many publications, textbooks, and edited volumes in conducting their own research. His legacy in One Health One Medicine is indelible and his contributions will be missed.”

A distinguished microbiologist and parasitologist, and a leader in the US and UK worlds of veterinary medicine, Lord Soulsby was the first veterinary surgeon raised to the peerage in the United Kingdom.

He advised the UK government on animal welfare, science and technology, biotechnology, and environmental issues. He was President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, the Royal Institute of Public Health, and the Royal Society for Public Health. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Biology, the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Society for Public Health, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

His career included positions as Professor of Parasitology at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Animal Pathology at the University of Cambridge, where he was Dean for several years. Earlier, Lord Soulsby was in general veterinary practice in the north of England, a Veterinary Officer for the City of Edinburgh, and a lecturer in clinical parasitology at the University of Bristol. He was an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Cambridge.

Lord Soulsby was also a Visiting Professor at various universities in Europe, the Far East, South America, and the United States. He is an honorary member of numerous international parasitology societies and has been awarded nine honorary degrees and several awards for his research. He published 14 books, as well as many articles in various veterinary and parasitological journals.

In 2015, the RCVS awarded him the Queen’s Medal, its highest award for services to veterinary medicine. His global experience provided an incredible resource for international agencies and he served as an advisor and consultant to World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, Pan American Health Organization, United Nations Development Program, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Department for International Development, and to numerous governments and universities.

Lord Soulsby is survived by his daughter, Katrina, and his granddaughter, Kananu. His service will be held at the Church of St. Mary, Swaffham Prior, at 2:00 pm local time on Wednesday, May 24. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Soulsby Foundation.

St. George’s University Names CVS Health Executive Vice President Dr. Andrew Sussman as New CEO

GRENADA (May 3) — Today, St. George’s University named Andrew J. Sussman, MD, a physician with a long and distinguished career at some of the top hospitals, universities, and healthcare companies in the United States, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“For 40 years, St. George’s University has transformed promising students into outstanding doctors committed to addressing the healthcare needs of people all over the world, especially those in underserved communities,” said Sussman. “I look forward to working with the entire St. George’s University team to continue to fulfill this important and inspiring mission.”

Sussman will lead all executive functions of the University, with a particular focus on expanding educational opportunities, programs, and support for students; forging clinical partnerships with hospital systems; and increasing the University’s reach internationally. Dr. G. Richard Olds will continue in his role as President of St. George’s University, and report to Dr. Sussman.

Sussman was most recently Executive Vice President of Clinical Services at CVS Health, the largest pharmacy care provider in the United States. Previously, he led the development and growth of CVS MinuteClinic, the largest walk-in clinic provider in the United States, with more than 1,100 locations. Under his leadership, CVS MinuteClinic established collaborative affiliations with more than 75 major hospital systems across the United States.

Before his career at CVS Health, Sussman was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, the major teaching affiliate of UMass Medical School. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School.

Prior to his work at UMass, Sussman served as Chief Medical Officer of the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, consisting of 800 teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He began his academic career at Harvard Medical School, first as Instructor and then as Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Sussman is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University Questrom School of Business. He is a board-certified internist and primary care physician.

“We are thrilled to have Andy join St. George’s University as CEO,” said Charles Modica, the Founder and Chancellor of the University. “His record of leadership and achievement in health care is remarkable, and I know that he’ll position the University for sustained excellence over our next 40 years.”

Social Media Impact and Mixed Reality Explored at St. George’s University’s First-Ever Tech Day

The Educational Computing Team (ECT) at St. George’s University launched the Spring 2017 Series of its Teaching with Technology Tuesdays (TwTT) with its first-ever Tech Day on March 10, 2017 at Allen Pensick Hall. With the theme “Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning,” Tech Day centered on social media and video in education, 3D technologies, and the use of augmented/mixed reality in medical education.

“Tech Day provides an opportunity for participants to actually see, touch and play in what we call our sandbox,” explained Shereene Twum-Barimah, Educational Technology Specialist. “At our past TwTT launches and workshops, our audience expressed an interest in interacting directly with the various technologies our presenters were showcasing. With our introduction of Tech Day, everyone now has a chance to physically connect with a variety of different technologies on display before them, including 3D printing and several virtual and augmented reality devices.”

With the prevalence of mobile devices, students are learning anywhere and everywhere. According to Ms. Twum-Barimah, teachers all over the world can easily record their lectures and lessons and make them available for students to consume on multiple platforms and non-traditional classroom environments. As a result, students can come prepared to have more meaningful discussions in the classroom with their instructors and peers. Technology has been modifying and redefining the face of education for years now and is getting even more innovative. The classroom is no longer defined by the walls the students are sitting within. Today’s students will now need the knowledge and skills to navigate these new learning environments.

In his presentation, “Using Augmented/Mixed Reality for Medical Education,” guest speaker Ted Dinsmore, Business Technologist and Co-Founder of SphereGen in Connecticut, focused on the evolving work in applying technology to learning in the medical education arena. He covered the basics of understanding what is virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality, and how it is used throughout life currently and what the future of this technology looks like. Additionally, Mr. Dinsmore discussed how medical schools are using this technology and how it is being used in hospitals by doctors from surgery to collaboration boards. Lastly, attendees were given a demonstration of how the anatomy of a heart can be taught using a mixed reality device with the assistance of Dr. Mark Clunes, Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences.

“My presentation is all about getting people to try out the new technology. If you’ve played Pokémon Go, you’ve used augmented reality,” stated Mr. Dinsmore. “We live in a physical world, but today’s kids and students live in a virtual world in that game where they’re enjoying that experience of being in their environment. So when we overlay the virtual world over the physical world, that is what we call augmented reality.

“Mixed reality is the blending of physical reality with a virtual program, a see-through effect which can be achieved through the use of many different devices on the market today,” added Mr. Dinsmore. “Movies such as ‘Minority Report’ were designed off of this technology. And now the profits from these movies are funding a lot of this technology today. One such device, the HoloLens, provides an untethered full physical PC on your head with all the technology you need in one unit.”

In addition to his more than 20 years in the field, Mr. Dinsmore’s company has developed mobile and web-based applications for SGU. He is also the co-author of the book “Partnering with Microsoft.” Other Tech Day presentations featured were “Video in Education” by rich media team members Dari Twum-Barimah and Kellidon Niles, and “3D Technologies” by Jessica Holland and Wes Price; Alyssa Bierzynski, an Instructor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, also gave a lively presentation on Social Media in Education, illustrating how easy it is to enhance the learning experience by incorporating elements of social media into the classroom.

“For more and more of our students, virtual reality is becoming the only reality they know,” said Ms. Bierzynski. “Many of today’s students have no idea what it was like to go to an encyclopedia for information. For today’s students, their source of information is Google.”

St. George’s University Educational Computing Team is committed to providing quality training and support to the faculty, staff and students at the University. Tasked with improving methods of teaching and learning at SGU, it promotes greater utilization of cutting-edge technology, so that the highest quality of education can be provided to the students that attend this institution.

St. George’s University and Botswana Demonstrate Commitment to Reducing the Medical Brain Drain

Medical Doctors, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health Graduates Celebrated at Gaborone Ceremony

Thirty-five Batswana graduates from St George’s University, the centre of international education on the Caribbean island of Grenada, will celebrate their achievement at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, 19 November at the Botswana TraveLodge in the country’s capital city.

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This is the second time that such a graduation ceremony has been held outside the United States in the 40 year history of St George’s University. The first occasion was in 2012, also in Gaborone. The Batswana students have graduated from St George’s University schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, and the graduate studies programme.

“We are very pleased to be honouring the hard work of these graduates and now expect them to make a major contribution to medical and other professional services in their own country”, commented Dr G Richard Olds, the President and Chief Executive Officer of St George’s University.

“We have had a long and successful relationship with the University of Botswana’s medical school and with the Ministries of Education and Health. With four doctors for every 10,000 people in Botswana, it is vital that the medical doctor graduates in particular help to redress the brain drain which has resulted in 800 Batswana doctors working overseas or outside their own country”.

Dr Olds pointed out that Botswana had graduated more MD students through St George’s University than any African country, apart from Nigeria. “Botswana and St George’s University have produced 97 MD graduates, with 22 students still working for their degrees at our university”, he added. “We believe that Botswana has the potential to become a major medical hub for the region”.

The commencement ceremony held later this month will celebrate the entrance of the Batswana graduands into the country’s workforce and honour St George’s University’s Batswana alumni who are already working towards better health care delivery in Botswana. It will also acknowledge the strong relationship between St George’s University and the government, partner institutions and the people of Botswana.

Published on 11/18/16

St. George’s University’s WHO Collaborating Center for Environmental And Occupational Health Re-Designated for Additional Four Years

The World Health Organization has re-designated St. George’s University Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM) as a Collaborating Center on Environmental and Occupational Health through 2020.

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Collaborating centers implement activities in support of WHO’s programs, and are beneficial to both WHO and regional countries; the WHO gains access to top centers worldwide and receives the institution’s support in implementing its global health initiatives. In return, the collaborating centers receive visibility and recognition by national and international authorities. Additionally, the WHO affiliation helps collaborating centers develop partnerships with other collaborating centers, which can help generate resources from funding partners.

This center is directed by Dr. Martin Forde, DPHPM Chair and Track Director for the MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health, as well as DPHPM Demonstrator Odran Nigel Edwards. The Center works in concert with the Grenada Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization’s Caribbean Program Coordinator office in Barbados.

“This prestigious designation will allow us to carry out several key research projects under the auspice of the PAHO/WHO name which, in turn, will further enhance our ability to attract additional funding and research opportunities,” Dr. Forde said. “Over the next four years, we look forward to strengthening and expanding the utility of our Collaborating Center so that it can redound to the benefit of Grenada and other SIDS in the Caribbean region.”

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The first of its kind in the Caribbean, the WHO CC at St. George’s University was established in August 2012. It remains committed to contributing to WHO’s strategic program in a number of ways, including: to assess and manage occupational safety and health hazards; to collaborate with WHO in developing evidence-based research on emerging environmental and occupational health issues, including climate change; to provide, develop and disseminate curricula, training materials and training for environmental and occupational health capacity building in the Caribbean region; and to contribute towards the implementation of the Global Plan of Action on Workers’ Health and collaborate with other collaborating centers to achieve defined outcomes.

In addition to housing this WHO collaborating center, the DPHPM also houses a Regional Collaborating Center for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Recently, the University welcomed 10 regional conservation leaders to True Blue for a “Caribbean Non-State Actor Dialogue.” Under the guidance of SGU professor Hugh Sealy, lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States and co-facilitator of international discussions of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the team discussed how to interpret and operationalize elements contained in the COP21 deal in order to assist countries’ efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit temperature increase.

Published on 8/18/16

CARPHA/NIH Grant Enables Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Research Across Region

St. George’s University Public Health Professors to Lead Research on Four Caribbean Islands

A $50,000 grant through the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow two St. George’s University professors to research breast and cervical cancer screening and why, in some cases, women in the region are choosing not to have them done.

SGUSOM students volunteer at a cervical cancer screening clinic on January 23, 2016.

SGUSOM students volunteer at a cervical cancer screening clinic on January 23, 2016.

Dr. Kamilah Thomas-Purcell, Assistant Professor in Master of Public Health Program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine and Adjunct Professor at SGU, will serve as the study’s principal investigator, and work alongside Co-Investigators Dr. Christine Richards, Assistant Professor in SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Mrs. Marva Primus-Joseph, RN, MPH, a Clinical Instructor at TA Marryshow Community College in Grenada.

“Cervical cancer is very preventable,” Dr. Thomas-Purcell said. “Something can be done about it, and it’s important to understand why women do not participate in preventative screening. Once we understand their perceptions within their social context we can develop relevant messages that educate and address barriers to screening.

In 2014, the team received a small grant and conducted a pilot study on the topic in Grenada. The CARPHA/NIH grant will allow them to expand their study to St. Vincent’s and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Dominica, as well as expand their research in Grenada. For the pilot study, they conducted focus groups with 47 Grenadian women, with representatives from all seven of the island’s parishes. The group submitted a manuscript of the findings for publication.

“In Grenada, we found that many of barriers to breast cancer screening was related to the cost of mammography and health literacy was also an issue,” said Dr. Thomas-Purcell. “Many women didn’t quite understand that the Pap test detects cervical cancer in its early stage. Some of the barriers were cultural. Some women thought that women who are promiscuous get cervical cancer and they didn’t want to be associated with that. Also, women want to learn about cancer in group sessions. They want to be educated together, ask questions face-to-face and have that personal interaction.”

Funds from the larger grant will allow Dr. Thomas-Purcell’s team to hire and educate liaisons in each country, to purchase supplies, and to offer a token of appreciation to study participants. Dr. Thomas-Purcell hopes to conduct focus group discussions with at least 30 women in each country and interview oncology unit personnel to determine what types of prevention and treatment services are available. The team plans to commence the two-year study in January, beginning with research methods training of the liaisons, study participant recruitment and the scheduling of focus group sessions.

“We are delighted to have received one of the five NCI grants, which is a direct result of an application resulting from the grant writing workshop we hosted for NCI last year,” said Dr. Calum Macpherson, Dean of Research. “The work to be done will go a long way to helping understand breast and cervical cancers in the region, and we wish the investigators from the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine all the very best of luck with their study.”

In addition to her professorships, Dr. Thomas-Purcell is the Director of Interprofessional Primary Care Education within the Office of Research and Innovation at NSU.  She has also conducted research with the United Nations Population Fund, the American Foundation of AIDS Research (amFAR), and Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Richards has served on SGU’s faculty since 2003. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health Education and Promotion from Walden University.

Published on 2/4/16

Graduate Studies Program Renamed to School of Graduate Studies

The Graduate Studies Program at St. George’s University has reverted back to its original name – the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) – in response to the growth of the program which now offers more than 30 distinct graduate programs. Although the vision, structure, and administration of the school will remain the same, explained Dr. Calum Macpherson, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the proposed value attributed to the name change is expected to be most beneficial to the University’s students and alumni.

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“We have recognized the growth of graduate studies research at SGU since 1994, and it has necessitated the reconsideration of its status as a program, prompting its reestablishment as the School of Graduate Studies.” said Dr. Macpherson. “It will hopefully have a positive impact on existing students in the program and on future recruits. Also a ‘School’ rather than a ‘Program’ of Graduate Studies will enhance the academic profile of SGU locally, regionally, and internationally.”

St. George’s University established the School of Graduate Studies in 1994 but changed its name to the Graduate Studies Program (GSP) six years into its existence. More than two decades since it welcomed its first class of students, the program has graduated more than 1,100 students. It now offers a wide range of degree options, including a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration, Master of International Business, and Master of Arts. In addition, students can earn dual degrees such as the MD/MPH, DVM/MPH, MD/MSc and DVM/MBA in the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Arts and Sciences. It continues to expand, with a Master of Education degree program debuting in 2016.

The graduation ceremony for School of Graduate Studies is held in conjunction with SAS in May of each year at the True Blue Campus in Grenada. The SGS aims to achieve and sustain excellence in every area of its graduate programs, courses, research and scholarly activities, evolving its reputation as a world-class program, and enriching international, national, and regional communities through the outcomes of its programs and the skills of its graduates.

Recently, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) re-accredited SGU’s Master of Public Health program through 2022. Established in 1999, the MPH track became fully accredited by the CEPH in July 2010, making it the only accredited program in the region and only one of five such programs accredited by the CEPH outside of the US.

CEPH Re-Accredits St. George’s University’s Master of Public Health Program Through 2022

Once again, SGU’s Master of Public Health program received accreditation by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs. This accreditation period is for an additional seven years, affirming the University’s leadership position in the region through the year 2022.

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Established in 1999, SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM) has issued more than 700 Master of Public Health degrees to its students, both independently and through the MD/MPH or DVM/MPH dual degree programs, which combine to exemplify SGU’s commitment to a global One Health, One Medicine initiative.

“We applaud the efforts of all of the members and partners of the DPHPM for providing a tremendous educational opportunity for our students,” said Chancellor Charles R. Modica.

“The Council on Education for Public Health holds its accredited institutions to the highest principles and values, and that our public health program has maintained their high standards since we were last accredited is a testament to the vision and leadership of Dr. Satesh Bidaisee, and the faculty and staff of DPHPM.”

“The DPHPM has achieved much during its short existence, and we look forward to its continued service to the region in the coming years” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, SGU’s new President and CEO. “The University’s programs aim to help to improve the quality of life in many parts of the world and add to the global health initiatives so important in today’s shrinking world.”

According to Dr. Satesh Bidaisee, Interim Chair of DPHPM, CEPH accreditation will encourage greater scholarly outcomes for faculty and staff through new partnerships for collaborative research and service activities. Accreditation allows alumni of the program to obtain Board Certification in Public Health (CPH), and for students, an MPH from a CEPH-accredited program strengthens their credentials when applying for medical residency programs.

“The MPH program is a partnership with the various schools and programs at SGU through joint academic degrees, research, and service collaborations among all faculty and students, and public health work with local, regional, and international stakeholders,” added Dr. Bidaisee,. “The reaccreditation by CEPH is a testimony of the strength of our partnerships and significant contributions by all stakeholders that allows the program at SGU to serve as a center of excellence in global health.”

“Re-accreditation by the CEPH is the verification of the excellence of the MPH degree offered by SGU,” said Dr. Calum Macpherson, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “Re-accreditation has been obtained through the combined inputs of the departmental faculty, public health students, and numerous collaborators at SGU, locally, regionally and internationally. It assures our numerous partners around the world of the high standards we uphold in our teaching, service and research activities: the ultimate goal of which is to improve the quality of public health”.

CEPH re-accreditation is only the latest distinction for the DPHPM, which was named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Environmental and Occupational Health, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, in 2012. In addition, the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) and the DPHPM were selected by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a Regional Collaborating Centre for the Caribbean in 2013. The DPHPM is also the only MPH program in the Caribbean that can confer distinguished public health workers and outstanding MPH graduates with the induction into the Delta Omega honor society, the oldest public health honor society in the world.

The MPH program was initially accredited by the CEPH for a five-year term beginning in 2010. Council officials visited the True Blue campus in April 2015 to conduct the official re-accreditation site visit which assessed all aspects of the program and compared the on site experience to the self study that had been submitted a few months previously. The site-visit team assessed the quality of education, facilities, and experience of the faculty and students at SGU. At its October meeting, the CEPH Board of Councilors acted to accredit the MPH program at SGU for an additional seven years, the maximum term for re-accreditation.