Dr. Martin Forde is a full professor at St. George’s University, Grenada, within the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine. His main teaching and research activities are centered on environmental health, environmental health management, occupational health, ergonomics and industrial hygiene, and global population health research. Dr. Forde is actively involved in several technical and governmental committees that focus on environmental and occupational health issues. Within recent times, Dr. Forde has received grant funding from the World Bank, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, and the Canadian International Development Research Centre to research issues ranging from biomedical waste management systems to determining the prevalence of human exposures within the Caribbean region to persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, and heavy metals such as lead and mercury, to examining the ethical challenges and issues faced by researchers involved in global population health research collaborations.
In 1990, Dr. Forde completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI), earning a BSc Industrial Engineering; in 1994, he earned a MASc in Occupational Ergonomics at Dalhousie University, Canada; and in 2000 he received a ScD in Occupational Ergonomics from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In 2009/2010, Dr. Forde used his sabbatical to do a one-year Master’s degree at in Environmental Health Management at Harvard University School of Public Health.
Since 2000, Dr. Forde has been teaching and conducting multiple research projects at St. George’s University within the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine. He has prime teaching responsibilities for teaching Environmental Health, Occupational Health, and Ergonomics & Industrial Hygiene and was the Track Director for the Environmental and Occupational Health Track within the Department from 2004-2009.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Forde is actively involved in several technical and governmental committees that focus in occupational and environmental health issues. Within recent times, Dr. Forde has received funding from the World Bank and the Pan American Health and Education to develop a biomedical waste management manual for Grenadian healthcare personnel and to assess the status of biomedical waste management within the eastern Caribbean islands. Additionally, he recently helped develop a disaster preparedness and response plan for HIV person for Grenada.
His current research interests involve determining the level of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in humans and bathing/drinking water quality in the Caribbean.