Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health was established late 1970’s at that time the Department offered the Certificate in Environmental Health Programme to Guyanese and Foreign students. Over time this Programme was upgraded to the Diploma in Environmental Health and by 1989 it was further upgraded to the Associate Degree in Environmental Health.

These changes sought to address the growing Public Health concerns that were directly related to population growth and community development, establishment of industries, establishment of Nursing and Midwifery schools and land use in none traditional areas.

In1982 the Department established two Certificate Programmes 1) The Health Sciences Managers and 2) The Health Sciences Tutor Programmes.

In 2001 the Department established yet another Programme; The BSc in Nursing Programme for the graduate Registered Nurse /Midwives and Medex to bridge the gaps in Public Health and curative management at Government and Private institutions in communities, Health Centres and Hospitals. This Programme offered four options (1) Nursing Management (2) Nursing (3) Health Sciences Tutor and (4) Public Health Nursing. Currently the Programme has No pathways, however there were some levels of integration in relation to courses being drawn from each path way.

Through collaboration with a University outside of Guyana eight successful BSc Nursing Graduates Matriculated in the Master of Science –Education Programme and successfully completed.

In 2009 the Department continues its innovative trends and embarked in establishment other Public Health Programmes to address newer Public Health concerns, hence the following Programmes were introduced (1) Associate Degree in Optometry Degree; and (2) Degree in Rehabilitative Science. There were curriculum upgrades with these Programmes to ensure effective delivery.

The Department of Public Health is currently offering four Degree Programmes

BSc in NURSING

5204

BSc in OPTOMETRY

5206

BSc in MEDICAL REHABILITATION

5205

BSc in ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

5203



IMPACT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The dramatic achievements of Public Health in the 20th century have improved our quality of life in the following areas:

1) Increase in life expectancy,

2) Worldwide reduction in infant and child mortality,

3) Elimination/or reduction of many communicable diseases.

In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. These advances have been largely responsible for increasing the lifespan of populations.

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.

Today, Public Health leaders continue to strengthen their roles as advocates for improved population-based health in an international, global community. Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, regulating health systems and some health professions, and conducting research, in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured.

It is also a field that is concerned with limiting health disparities and a large part of public health is the fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility.


Rev. Noel Holder, MeX, MPH, Dip. Th.
Head of Department, Public Health