Graduates of St. George’s MPH Program Obtain US National Board Certification in Public Health

First to Obtain CPH after CEPH Accreditation

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Earlier this year, dual degree students, Alexander Faludi and Alexander Juusela, earned the distinction as the first graduates of St. George’s University’s Master of Public Health program to obtain US National Board Certification in Public Health. In addition to earning their MPH, Faludi and Juusela are currently completing degrees in veterinary medicine and medicine, respectively. They will join more than 1,500 certified public health professionals in the US and abroad.

The Certification in Public Health (CPH) exam is offered once a year to students who successfully complete their MPH studies at colleges and universities accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). As the US accreditation authority for public health programs, the CEPH granted full accreditation to St. George’s Master of Public Health degree program in 2010. The University is only the fifth non-US institution approved by the CEPH to hold this coveted distinction.

“We are incredibly proud of both students. They seized the first opportunity to earn their CPH, further validating their credentials as public health professionals as well as bolstering the University’s reputation in the international arena,” commented Dr. Omur Cinar Elci, MD, PhD, FRSPH, Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM). While Faludi chose to specialize in Environmental and Occupational Health, Juusela opted for the Health Policy and Administration track. The 42-credit MPH program also offers students the option to specialize in Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health. Dr. Elci, along with DPHPM faculty, offered his support when the students requested a one-week leave in order to complete the exam in the United States.

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The MPH program also offers its students the opportunity to register in a practicum in more than 150 sites all over the world—one of the main reasons Juusela applied to the program at St. George’s. He explains, “I really liked the idea of being able to travel while getting my education. Most MPH programs in the US only offer limited hands-on practical experience in the local public health departments.” Juusela spent two months with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the Dominican Republic. Additionally, he volunteered in Haiti for one month post-earthquake, providing free medical services to displaced Haitians.

“My MPH studies have taught me to think outside of the box. Whether you are an MPH, MD, or DVM— the concept of One Health One Medicine applies to all health care professionals. Collaboration between disciplines is important when considering how to manage global health issues. My MPH degree allows me to more readily see the interconnectedness,” explains Faludi on how his MPH will further his future career aspirations to work with international health organizations. “With my dual degree I now have the skills to explore the inextricable link between animal and human health, particularly when using animals as an indicator species for human diseases.” Currently, Faludi is the lead veterinary student researcher for the snake relocation program in Grenada, which works to relocate snakes instead of killing the already rapidly declining species in the region. “In addition to relocation, we’re working to change peoples existing opinions on these creatures. Working in the Grenada rainforest, I have the opportunity to see the impact of my internship and research work.”

As students earn their certifications and take their knowledge abroad, Dr. Elci predicts Faludi and Juusela have opened the door for other students in Grenada. “We expect additional MPH graduates to follow in their footsteps and participate in the next CPH examination in February 2012.”

About St. George’s University’s Public Health Program
Administered by the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, the graduate Public Health Program was established in 1999 at St. George’s University’s School of Medicine and offers graduate degrees in Public Health (MPH) as well as dual-degree opportunities resulting in MD/MPH and DVM/MPH degrees.

SGU Incoming Student Recipient of Coveted OAS Scholarship

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Michelle Ash is the first recipient of the coveted Organization of American States (OAS) Scholarship to attend St. George’s University. Michelle will be joining St. George’s University this fall as an incoming Master of Public Health student, and is one of only five recipients of the OAS Graduate Academic Scholarship from the OAS Member States of Trinidad and Tobago. “ I am quite excited that my OAS scholarship has allowed me the opportunity to further my knowledge and skills at such a highly recognized and respected institution,” said Michelle.

Michelle is joining the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at a very exciting time. The US accreditation authority for public health programs, The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has recently granted accreditation for five years to St. George’s University’s Master of Public Health Degree Program. This makes St. George’s University only the fourth institution outside of the United States to be accredited by CEPH and the only university in the Caribbean to hold this distinction.

To date, Michelle has dedicated herself to a career in Dietetics & Nutrition. After graduating with a BSc in Human Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of West Indies, she completed a one-year dietetic internship to qualify as a Registered Dietician in her home country of Trinidad, sharing her expertise in an effort to combat the rise of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. “Helping those who may not have the same opportunities that I have had in my lifetime thus far is of utmost priority to me.”

Michelle is an individual with a clear vision for her future. After graduating from St. George’s University, she plans to return home to Trinidad as a dietitian and specialized public health educator. She hopes to apply her Master of Public Health degree to chronic disease prevention and lifestyle management applying medical nutrition therapy to those individuals already diagnosed with chronic diseases, paying special attention to kidney disorders, cancer patients, and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

When asked about specific research opportunities, she expressed a keen interest in alternative medicine such as herbal remedies indigenous to the Caribbean region. “A great deal of research still needs to be done on the safety, chemical makeup, functions, side effects, and food-drug interactions of local and regional herbs,” said Michelle. She hopes to get involved in the collection and analysis of data to uncover current trends and associations relating to eating patterns within the Caribbean region.

Michelle is passionate about the need for improved preventative health care in the developing nations of the Caribbean, and is a fervent believer that a sound investment in preventative health care now will result in long-term reduction of total annual health care expenditures of these countries. She continued, “Public Health nutrition plays a vital role in decreasing the number of new chronic disease cases diagnosed every year, as well as reducing the excessive demand for medications and surgeries which result from complications arising from poorly managed chronic diseases.”

The future is bright for Michelle Ash, and so too for the communities her expertise and dedication will transform. She looks forward to making contributions through grassroots program development, as well as national health sector reform through policy planning and implementation.

The OAS was established in 1948 with the signing of the Charter of the OAS. It was created to achieve among its 35 independent member states of the Americas, as stated in Article 1 of its Charter, “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.” The Organization of American States constitutes the principal political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere.

The OAS supports human resource development throughout its member states and beyond. Grenada became a member state in 1975. The OAS encourages and supports active scholarship opportunities and participation throughout its Consortium of OAS Universities, a list of reputable education institutions to which St. George’s University is proudly associated.

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St. George’s University Earns US Accreditation for MPH Program

CEPH Approves Grenada School as 5th Outside US

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) announced its accreditation of the St. George’s University’s Master of Public Health program, making the University only the fifth non-US institution approved holding this distinction.

St. George’s University’s Public Health Program is eleven years old and is offered within its schools of medicine and veterinary medicine. Students may earn independent MPH degrees or joint degrees, such as the MD/MPH and the DVM/MPH.

“CEPH accreditation is coveted by public health programs across the world and we are honored to be in such good, if select, company,” said Omur Cinar Elci, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St. George’s. “This accreditation validates the critical importance of internationalism in public health education, and will encourage greater scholarly outcomes through new partnerships for collaborative research and service activities.”

Chancellor Charles R. Modica said, “The successful accreditation outcome is an historical moment for the University. This marks our first US accreditation and adds to the long list of recognitions and approvals of our School of Medicine by external bodies across the world.”

The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs. Accreditation from this council enhances the stature of SGU around the globe and strengthens SGU’s commitment to providing a public health program of excellence to its students, an exceptional work environment for its faculty and for the pursuit of public health programs that will have a positive impact on the people, animals and the environment in the Caribbean region.

For faculty and staff, CEPH accreditation will encourage greater scholarly outcomes through new partnerships for collaborative research and service activities. For prospective and current students, accreditation provides to an opportunity to participate in an acclaimed program as well as greater opportunities for student loans and scholarships available only to students enrolled in CEPH accredited schools and programs. Accreditation is important to alumni of the program as it provides eligibility to obtain Board Certification in Public Health (CPH) which provides new and higher standards of employment opportunities.

Furthermore, various medical residency programs, such as Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Occupational Medicine, and Preventive Medicine require or encourage an MPH degree in their curriculum. Only the alumni of CEPH accredited MPH programs can transfer their MPH credits into the residency training. Therefore SGU MD/MPH alumni will not only shorten their residency periods, they will attract more and higher standard residency programs. For our community partners, accreditation equates to an appreciation that they are working in collaboration with a program whose standards have been internationally recognized.

Through this accreditation, SGU reaffirms its commitment to the highest standard of public health excellence and to positively contributing to global public health challenges today and in the future.

St. George’s Students Selected to Attend World’s Largest International Student Festival

St. George’s students Maurice Cox and Denisher Thomas

St. George’s students Maurice Cox and Denisher Thomas

Two St. George’s University business students, Maurice Cox and Denisher Thomas, are among the 450 students selected from a pool of 5,000 applicants worldwide to attend the 2009 International Student Festival in Trondheim, (ISFiT) Norway. For almost 20 years, ISFiT has been the meeting place for our future leaders: students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and capabilities and a desire to share their ideas and hopes with colleagues and mentors.

On February 21, 2008, Mr. Cox, President of St. George’s Business Students’ Association and Ms. Thomas, a Business Administrations major, will have the privilege to listen to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he opens ISFiT 2009.  A South African cleric and activist, Archbishop Tutu rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent to Apartheid.  In 1984 he became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Each ISFiT conference has a parallel theme which is related to social and political topics with international relevance. The 10-day ISFiT 2009 festival’s theme is “Peacebuilding,” with conference speakers and participants examining the causes, fragility and sustainability of peace. Archbishop Tutu has been appropriately selected as the main speaker at a plenary session called “Ubuntu” to follow the Opening Ceremony.

His voice of freedom and human rights will help define “Ubuntu,” an African term, which while difficult to translate to English, could best be described as the following: “I am, because we are, and because we are, I am.”   This philosophy places the community above the individual within it; a belief that could be viewed as the opposite of western individualism.

St. George’s University is proud and excited for Maurice and Denisher to participate in the many valuable workshops, lectures and cultural activities which will serve as inspiration for international cooperation amongst the global audience.  With over 150 countries represented, the festival encourages cultural, political and religious tolerance.

World figures frequently attend ISFiT and past speakers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland,  and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta and Professor Wangari Maathai.  Through the use of modern technology, both former US President Bill Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have relayed their thoughts about the global significance of ISFiT.

You Tube video of Bill Clinton.

St. George’s University Co-hosts 16th Caribbean Academy of Sciences Conference

wesley balda casSt. George’s University co-hosted the 16th Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) Conference from October 11th to October 13th.  The Conference theme, Science and Technology: Vehicles for Sustainable Economic Development in the Caribbean,provided a unique opportunity for the region’s academics to discuss and evaluate the function and impact of management practices on long-term community development, both on a local and global scale.

Dr. Wesley D. Balda, Executive Director, Center for International Management Studies at St. George’s University, was excited to address an audience of respected scientists, seizing the opportunity to demonstrate the crucial and relevant connection between the role of management and scientific knowledge. He drew upon an extensive career in business management and education, which has proved invaluable throughout the public sector.

Throughout his presentation, titled Minding the Gaps: Organizing Ignorance and Managing Development, Dr. Balda made poignant reference to friend and mentor Peter Drucker, namesake of Claremont University’s Management School since 1987.  A prolific writer, Peter Drucker was widely considered the father of “modern management.” His writings, which include 39 published books and countless articles, have predicted many of the major socioeconomic developments of the late 20th century.

Drucker defined management as “making knowledge effective.”  Dr. Balda expertly used this definition while demonstrating that “community wellness rather than community wealth may be a key gap in managing sustainable development and a specification for future knowledge.”  Dr. Balda cited two powerful examples which helped explicate this gap. The first occurred in an exchange between North American business students and a young Brazilian professional during a tour of a poor area outside of São Paulo.  Overwhelmed by a need to help the community, the business students organized a follow-up trip to later build a house.  The Brazilian, explained Balda, kindly responded, “If you build a house, you take jobs away from Brazilians.”  This, said Balda, was a pivotal moment for the students as they became mindful of the gap.

A second example both literally and figuratively demonstrated the application of management in long-term community development.  In the case of Chagas disease in Bolivia, a chronic tropical parasitic disease commonly transmitted through insects, the initial and literal approach involved sealing the physical gaps in openings of adobe homes, thereby limiting access of infected insects.  The figurative approach, which Dr. Balda explained encompasses the “one health, one medicine” philosophy practiced by the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), illustrates “the capacity of individuals, families and communities working together to transform the conditions that promote, in a sustainable way, their physical emotional, social, economic, environmental and spiritual well being.”

Dr. Balda explained that the management techniques used in addressing Chagas emerged quickly as innovation, supply chain-materials required for construction, people-work crews, entrepreneurship, training, long-term employment and ultimately community sustainability.  He is cautious, however, saying that management gaps can be problematic.

Dr. Balda referred to the “Pyramid of Wealth,” in which the so-called “top of the pyramid comprises about 100 million people (the wealthiest 2% of the world’s population), and the rest includes the other 5.75 billion.  He expressed concern with the theory that wealth can be harvested from the vast, less wealthy majority. Specifically, Dr. Balda raises ethical concerns about “shaping aspirations” and nurturing sustainability of the developing world.  The “bottom of the pyramid” approach misses the gaps when it focuses on community wealth rather than community wellness.  He urged his audience to “consider community wellness as a path to community wealth, rather than the other way around.”

Dr. Balda believes that this approach, particularly in a time of global financial uncertainty, will bring us closer to a “place of realized potential,” a phrase coined by Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller Company and friend to Peter Drucker.

This was Dr. Balda’s first time attending and participating in the CAS.  He believes the Conference provided an interesting place for both St. George’s University and the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), providing a larger international presence for the University’s fledgling area of management and opening opportunities for research grants.  “Business management can be an effective vehicle to connect medical research and medical practice, offering great possibilities for the University’s future.”

Dr. Balda was pleased by the insightful questions and comments he received from the audience, and made specific mention of a young faculty member from State University of New York (SUNY) who expressed an interest in the global application of a converged management and science philosophy.  This, he believes, is indicative of the additional dimensions of education and research which lay ahead for the University.
Foremost an educator, Dr. Walda is a principal at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership. He was the founding Dean at the George Fox University School of Management, where he developed their executive and professional MBA tracks, and created the first doctorate in management in the Northwest. Prior to joining George Fox University, Wes served as the director and chair of the Executive Management and PhD programs at Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, where he also taught crisis management and nonprofit leadership.

In addition to leadership positions, Dr. Balda has also taught at Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, the Claremont School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University and Hope International University and served as Director of Student Services at Claremont School of Theology, MBA director and chair of the business program at Hope International University, and Director of Institutional Research at Fuller Theological Seminary.

He co-founded with wife Dr. Janis Balda the Simeon Institute, which led the U.S. State Department’s effort to provide crisis management education to officials of the former Soviet Union. Dr. Balda has worked in international efforts, including the 1985 Ethiopia Famine, community development projects in several international urban centers, and created management education programs at Cambridge, Oxford, and in Brazil.

Dr. Balda’s professional background also includes work as a senior agency head for the City of Ontario (CA), Ontario Police Department, World Vision U.S., World Vision International, and as a destroyer officer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington, a master’s from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in England.  He has been married to Dr. Janis Balda, an academic and attorney, for 32 years, and they have four children.

The Caribbean Academy of Sciences was inaugurated in Trinidad in May 1988. It has five divisions covering the natural, agricultural, medical, engineering and social sciences. It is an independent, non-governmental body aiming to: provide a forum for interchange among scientists on important issues related to the application of science and technology to development; serve as a source of advice to regional, governmental and non-governmental organizations in scientific and technology matters; facilitate cooperation among scientists and promote the coordination and execution of scientific research in all its aspects; liaise with relevant research organizations and assist in facilitating their mutual interaction; recognize and reward outstanding performance and achievement within the region in the fields of science and technology; raise the level of scientific consciousness in the region and increase the public understanding and appreciation of the importance and potential of science and technology in human progress; establish and maintain high standards and ethics in all scientific endeavor. Source: interacademies.net

Read Dr. Balda’s complete presentation.

St. George’s University Awards Two New Master of Public Health (MPH) Scholarships to African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)

amref logoOn Friday, May 18, 2007, SGU presented the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) with two Master of Public Health (MPH) scholarships valued at $100,000. The scholarships will cover all tuition fees, travel and living expenses for the successful scholars. The awards have been established to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AMREF and the 30th anniversary of  SGU.

Presenting the awards to AMREF’s Director General Dr Michael Smalley at AMREF’s headquarters in Nairobi, Dr Calum Macpherson, Vice Provost of International Program Development at SGU, said that the scholarships were part of a major program run in partnership with the Commonwealth and the Government of Grenada which provides 75 full tuition scholarships for graduate and undergraduate degree programs at SGU. While available to all countries of the Commonwealth, the scholarships are mainly targeted at developing countries and small states within the Commonwealth.

Dr. Macpherson said that Chancellor Charles R. Modica, had a new mission for the 30th anniversary year – reaching out to talented and ambitious students from developing countries to enable them to reach their full potential, for their own benefit and for the benefit of their countries.

“We now want to work with key organizations and institutions in the developing world, particularly in Africa, which share the same values and commitment to strengthening capacity in critical areas such as medicine and health care” Dr Macpherson said.

“We at St. George’s, have enormous respect for AMREF’s work, which includes the Flying Doctors Service, and we share the belief that health is a basic human right. The MPH degree objectives are to provide additional training outcomes for physicians working in developing countries to help upgrade their understanding of complex health systems.”

Dr Macpherson, who was born in Kenya and worked for AMREF for over 10 years, added that SGU “will be happy to receive candidates from any country where AMREF operates. It would, however, be essential for the scholars to agree to dedicate their professional skills to the public health problems within their own countries. We want to see our scholarship program helping to reverse the brain drain rather than contributing to it. This is part of our policy at St. George’s.”

The AMREF MPH Scholarship Program further illustrates SGU’s continued commitment to improving global healthcare through education and opportunity.

AMREF is an international African organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. AMREF has been working with African communities for 50 years to improve health and health care for the most disadvantaged people. In 2005 AMREF won the Gates Award for Global Health in recognition of its work in Africa. AMREF aims to ensure that every African can enjoy the right to good health by helping to create vibrant networks of informed communities that work with empowered health care providers in strong health systems.

Published on 5/18/07

2007 Commencement; Largest Graduating School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies Program Class in St. George’s University History

charles modica with 2007 sas sgp graduating classOn Saturday, May 12th, the School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies Program Commencement was held in the Bell Lecture Hall on the True Blue Campus.  While all graduations are momentous, this year’s commencement was particularly significant.

With a combined total of 170 graduates from both the undergraduate and graduate programs, the class of 2007 was the largest combined ceremony for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate Studies Program in the University’s remarkable 30 year history.

Students and their families were honored by guest speaker The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian D. Saunders, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice who eloquently delivered the keynote address for the commencement ceremony.

As Mr. Justice Saunders reflected on his own law school graduation 30 years prior, he explained to his captive audience that while they may have closed their text books for good, “Learning is a lifelong imperative.”  He continued, “Your years spent in classrooms up to this point have merely provided you with a launching pad, a platform upon which you will begin yet another and an even more productive round of learning and preparation for life’s challenges.”

Mr.  Justice Saunders emphasized the importance of recognizing and seizing every opportunity presented to them, even though they may appear to be inconspicuous or subtle at the time.   This was illustrated through his personal life experiences.  He explained that his gift and passion for law could have gone untapped had his hand not been literally and figuratively forced to make an immediate course of study selection on a college application. Until then, the field of law was never a consideration.

Almost 20 years later, yet another life changing opportunity presented itself in an invitation for judicial appointment.  In his early 40’s and a senior partner in a successful private practice at the time, the opportunity to become a judge, albeit flattering, involved a significant reduction in income as well as uprooting his family.  With two boys to educate, a mortgage payment and a future to save for, the timing was about 10 years premature.   Nevertheless, Mr. Justice Saunders realized that this opportunity may not surface again.  With the blessing of his family, he accepted the position and never regretted the decision. “Life is never a smooth sailing continuum.  Very often you have to take chances.  You can’t expect to cover every contingency before making a decision.  Ultimately it is more important to love what you do than take up or remain in a position just because it pays more,” he said.

Justice Saunders has distinguished himself in the legal profession and has been instrumental in several judicial reformations throughout the Caribbean region.

He has also given profound service in educating others in the legal profession and in championing the cause of youth, especially in his home country of St. Vincent, where he served as President of the National Youth Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

His final message to the students was to find enjoyment from life, stay focused on fulfilling your dreams and be proud of the wonderful institution that is SGU.

The commencement ceremony illustrated SGU’s vital contribution to human development on a global scale.  As students from nearly 20 countries were honored by SGU faculty including Chancellor Charles R. Modica, Provost Allen Pensick, Dean Theodore Hollis and Dean Calum Macpherson, one could not help but reflect on the evolution of this extraordinary university.As the number of students applying to SGU continues to rise, so too does the diversity and size of the student body.  The additions of new majors and programs will continue to offer SGU students exceptional opportunities both as an undergraduate and a graduate.This year SGU graduated 14 students from the inaugural Master of International Business program (MIB).  Students with an MIB were globally represented by the US, Guyana, South Africa and Grenada.  First time graduates with an MSc in Economics were also represented.  SGU looks forward to the continued expansion of the university, as it plays an integral role in the success of its current and future graduates.

Rev. Tessica Hackshaw, Superintendent Grenada Methodist Church and friend of the university, opened and closed the ceremony with a beautiful invocation and benediction.At the conclusion of the program, Chancellor Modica welcomed graduates to a reception at the Caribbean House to continue the festivities.

Published 5/16/2007

St. George’s University Announces the Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program (CGSG)

GU is thrilled to further its commitment to education and the developing world through its highly anticipated scholarship program. The Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program will be implemented on January 17, 2007 – the date of the founding of the University 30 years ago. The University will begin to accept applications on this date.

The administration is proud to offer 75 full tuition scholarships over the next few years to qualified students from Commonwealth countries, with preference to students from developing countries and small states. The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 53 countries, the majority of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom.

The Commonwealth represents almost a third of the world’s countries. It is primarily an organization in which countries with diverse economic backgrounds have an opportunity for close and equal interaction. Its primary activities are to create an atmosphere of economic co-operation between member nations, as well as promote democracy, human rights and good governance in those nations.

Five scholarship programs – public health, business, medicine, veterinary medicine, and undergraduate degrees in arts and sciences – have been created under the umbrella of the Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program. They will benefit both graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need and a commitment to their chosen discipline. These scholarship awards will mainly be granted to students from developing countries where the need for trained professionals is great.

A Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Committee has been established by the University to award the scholarships. While the $4 million (USD) program will fully fund tuition, students will require separate support for living and traveling expenses. The University will work with the Commonwealth Association to identify businesses and institutions in Commonwealth countries who will sponsor students in return for a promise of serving upon graduation.

Distribution of scholarships is as follows:

Master in Public Health
25 dedicated students will be selected, with special emphasis given to those who will dedicate their professional skills to the public health problems of their home countries. Public health issues in the developing world often involve large scale infectious diseases, which have been almost eradicated in the developed world. In addition, the developing world needs public health professionals dedicated to addressing the health inequalities engendered by the social determinants of health. Poverty, with its attendant problems in inadequate education, health care, sanitation and social support, is at the core of health issues in developing nations. The CGSG scholarships are designed to help battle healthcare through public health.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
The 10 CGSG scholarships in veterinary medicine are designed to provide veterinary surgeons for Commonwealth countries in need of more veterinary medical professionals. These veterinary surgeons may be trained to care for wildlife, large animals, herd animals or exotic animals. It is to be expected that they will be imbued with the concept of One Medicine and educated in ways to deal with the transfer of disease between man and animals, which cross international borders on a major scale, causing epidemics of zoonotic diseases.

Doctor of Medicine
The five scholarships in medicine will provide well-trained doctors to enhance health- care delivery in developing nations. This program is designed to stem the “brain drain” from developing to developed countries by training qualified medical doctors who will return home to practice medicine after being immersed in medicine as it is practiced and taught in the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom. These doctors will be well equipped not only to help individual patients, but to contribute to their nation’s healthcare delivery systems as a whole.

Master of Business Administration
The 25 CGSG scholarships in business administration will deliver trained managers who will be able to help developing countries build effective infrastructures in business, industry and government. With an emphasis in the curriculum on international business and entrepreneurial skills and a concentration on public sector management and hotel/tourism management, the MBA degree holders will be well qualified to contribute to the economic development of their countries.

Undergraduate Degrees
The 10 CGSG scholarships in the School of Arts and Sciences are designed to train professionals in a variety of professions that will enhance the business and educational infrastructure of Commonwealth countries, especially developing nations. Degree programs are offered in international business, management information technology, life sciences, and liberal arts.

SGU will maintain strict adherence to its admission requirements which can be found on our website. Admission and scholarship application forms are also available through the website. Applicants will have up to April 15, 2007 to submit applications for the August 2007 class. The deadline for the January 2008 class is September 15, 2007.

Published on 11/10/2006

Public Health: Medical Attention on the Now

he world is one. The death of distance on our dynamically changing planet impacts the intricate interplay between people, between people and animals, and between all living creatures and the environment we inhabit. The news headlines have multiplied in recent years: West Nile virus is found in dead birds in New York City, and human deaths soon follow. Cows in Great Britain are given tainted feed and some of the people who ultimately consume them develop a fatal disease. Large numbers of people routinely travel from one side of the world to the other, from tropical areas to snow-bound cultures, and they arrive in hours, often carrying illnesses never seen before in the new locales. Millions of people and animals are displaced by civil war, economic imperatives, and natural disasters, and issues of nutrition, vaccination, and acute treatment arise.

The rapidity of change, the speed of our world, dictates a need for a new breed of medical professionals; they must be trained in health care beyond the personal level. Their work lies in the greater sphere, where decisions and research impact the future history of mankind. And one University university is already preparing medical students, not for the future, but for the now, with a singular focus on the study of public health…St. George’s University.

Why St. George’s University?

Few centers of education can match the unique preparation offered to medical and veterinary medical students at St. George’s University in Grenada. Founded as an independent medical school almost 30 thirty years ago, St. George’s grew to add dynamic new programs in veterinary medicine, public health, research, and arts and sciences. Students and faculty travel to Grenada from across the world, shaping their academic environment with a unique perspective created by true internationalism. Its Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are closely allied, and participate in joint scientific projects with the nearby Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) and other such institutions across the world, positioning St. George’s at an enviable crossroads in the study of public health. The University’s medical and veterinary students work on cross-disciplinary teams, tackling complicated scenarios with a distinctly broad scientific approach.

St. George’s MPH Program

The mission of St. George’s public health program is to improve the health, quality of life, and well-being of populations, communities, and persons through education, research, and services in public health and preventive medicine. The University provides training in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy/management, and behavioral/social sciences, with electives such as maternal and child health, chronic disease, emerging infectious diseases, and occupational health.

The University’s students have completed public health practica across the Caribbean (Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tortolla, British Virgin Islands, Trinidad), across the United States (Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Washington, DC), and in countries that include Canada, Botswana, Cambodia, India, Japan, Kenya, Morocco, Pakistan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

From the US to Grenada, to Africa and Back

Brian Butler, DVM, a recent St. George’s veterinary graduate, traveled to Africa for his Master of Public Health practicum in 2003, to study disorders that cross between animals and humans, known scientifically as zoonotic diseases.

Under the auspices of WINDREF, Dr. Butler conducted a ten-week week project on Cystic echinococcosis in the Bsongoro people of Western Uganda. The disease is transmitted from dogs and perhaps wild carnivores to humans and domestic livestock., but its prevalence had never before been investigated in the Bsongoro people until Dr. Butler began his work, following a local wildlife veterinarian who tagged and tracked lions and hyenas. As a result, Dr. Butler secured funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to underwrite his continuing study for his PhD at the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Butler credits the unique international educational experiences at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine as the unusually rich academic setting that helped shape him for this goal. “I owe much to the rich and diverse environment at St. George’s, where I was surrounded by ideas and knowledge from many different cultures and countries.”

Making a Difference…As a Student

Students in the public health program at St. George’s impact their surroundings even before they attain their degrees. Some were instrumental in helping local Grenadian communities cope with the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Ivan. Though they had begun an epidemiological study in an outlying village in Grenada, after Hurricane Ivan swept through, the students shifted their immediate focus to provide care during the crisis. They fanned out to deliver critical medical supplies, assess emergency needs, and monitor developing health-related situations.

The University’s Dean of Enrolment Planning, Margaret Lambert, says that St. George’s alliance with WINDREF frequently benefits its Caribbean neighbors: “One country-wide effort reduced the incidence of dengue in Grenada by teaching the population the importance of eliminating the standing water that dengue-carrying mosquitoes breed in. We have worked very successfully with Grenada’s ministers of health, and with ministers from the surrounding region, to tackle other problematic issues, for example lymphatic filiariasis in Guyana.”

What Does a Public Health Background Offer for a Career?

Now, as the world has turned yet again, many new positions are opening in the public health field to fight the old battles and to prepare to fight new ones. Some future public health practitioners, such as a Jonas Salk or Madame Curie, may develop treatments to eradicate emerging health scourges such as HIV/AIDS. Others could migrate to career paths in government, or intergovernmental agencies like WHO or UN-FAO, working to improve the health of the overall populace by documenting ways to manage or avoid medical disorders brought on by unhealthy lifestyle choices. Still others might coordinate initiatives documenting the close ties of all creatures to the environment they live in, how pollution of water can cause terrible dysentery in those forced to drink it, how mosquitoes that breed on standing stagnant water can carry the miserable dengue virus to the people they bite, how we can work to respect the Earth and in the end benefit ourselves. Those with a drive to the veterinary medical concentration might monitor not only the animal population at large, but also the food supply chain, on the alert for disease that could transfer to human beings. And still others might man the frontline defense against agroterrorism and bioterrorism.

According to Dean Lambert, “The University’s approach to the teaching of medicine and programs that allow our medical and veterinary medical students to collaborate collegially on important scientific study make St. George’s unique the world of education. Our world is interdependent. People and animals are intricately linked, for food and for companionship. St. George’s broad training and public health offerings translate into wonderful possibilities for our students”

For more information on St. George’s University, its programs in public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, and research, please visit: www.sgu.edu

Published on 11/30/2005

Record Enrollment for St. George’s University

Enrollment at St. George’s University is at an all time high. The campus is bustling with students from all over the world studying medicine, veterinary medicine, business, information technology, and in many other undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The entering student population has increased by 6% from last year alone (the 2003-04 academic year). In fact, the total enrollment of the University – slightly over 3,000 students, has increased almost 50% since 1999! The enrollment of new students increased by 55% since the 2001-02 academic year. We have enrolled almost 1,060 students this academic year.

This year, more students have entered the MD program through the premedical program (recently moved into the School of Medicine) than in any year since its inception; there were 22 new students in the program in August, and 40 entered this February – for a total of 62 new students in this academic year. The premedical program allows students from around the world in various educational systems to enter the Doctor of Medicine program.

The Masters of Public Health Program enrolled over 100 students this academic year, maintaining its image as one of the healthiest programs on campus. Over 100 new undergraduate students have entered this year, reaching a four-year high. If we add those students who have entered the baccalaureate degree program through our affiliate, T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), we have enrolled more than 200 new students this academic year.

The secondary school component of Camp Medicine, 2005 is already oversubscribed, with many more students and student-teacher groups waiting to sign on board.

“The best kept secret in the Caribbean is no longer a secret,” said Margaret Lambert, Dean of Enrolment Planning. “It is gratifying to see so many students from so many places all studying and living together on this beautiful island, which is recovering so well and so quickly from the violence of Hurricane Ivan.”

Published on 03/07/2005