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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research and Epidemiology

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Designed with the working health practitioner in mind, the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research and Epidemiology (HREP), an online/blended programme, offers the learning flexibility and convenience that many health professionals need but which is often not offered by other graduate programmes. Upon completion, graduates will be awarded a fully accredited diploma. Students will also have the option to transfer credits before completion of the programme to other graduate programmes offered by the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) such as the MSc in Epidemiology.

Who is this programme for?

The programme seeks to target persons who are working in health care delivery, administration, industry or non-governmental organisations.   These would include:

  • Clinicians (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, nutritionists/dieticians, physiotherapists, veterinary surgeons, etc.) and other health care providers  
  • Allied health professionals
  • Academics/researchers
  • Administrators/policy makers engaged in all sectors of Health Care including government, non-governmental and private organisations.

Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research and Epidemiology is a twenty-one (21) credit programme which comprises the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology     - 4 credits
  • Introduction to Statistics and Computing    - 4 credits
  • Research Ethics, Research Methods & Project Management   - 4 credits
  • Critical Evaluation of the Medical Literature and Writing Scientific Manuscripts  - 3 credits
  • Data Management for Epidemiological Studies  -   3 credits
  • Research Paper – 3 credits

With the exception of the Research Paper, all courses in this programme may also be pursued as stand-alone courses.

Duration  & Award of Programme

The programme will be offered over a minimum of twelve (12) months and a maximum of three (3) years.  However, students will have the option of pursuing individual courses (one semester each) as specially admitted students

Delivery Mode

The programme will be delivered fully online using both synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Students will have the option of face-to-face modules for some courses.

All new graduate students are required to do the Graduate Introduction to Online Learning before starting the programme.

When will the programme start?

This programme starts in September and can be completed in a minimum of twelve (12) months.

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (at least a Lower Second Class or its equivalent) from an approved tertiary institution in a relevant discipline.

How much will the programme cost?

Information on the tuition structure for UWI Open Campus graduate programmes can be viewed at the website below:

How to Apply

Applications for the programme will be accepted online.

Interested persons should complete an online application via  

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma must download two (2) Referee Report forms from the Document Library. These forms must be completed and submitted under confidential cover before the application can be considered. N.B. Specially admitted students are not required to submit referee report forms.

What Documents Should I Submit?

  • A brief statement outlining your interest in the programme, Include any relevant work experience, as well as employer contact information.
  • Two (2) referee reports – the forms are available from the Document Library.
    • Two (2) academic referees are preferred but one (1) academic referee and one (1) work referee may be accepted. These reports must be submitted under confidential cover by the referees directly to the UWI Open Campus at the address below.
  • Signed copy of Confirmation Receipt.  Please note that this document will only be accessible after you have selected the "Application is Complete" button.
  • Birth Certificate (not required from UWI graduates)
  • Marriage Certificate (where applicable)
  • Legal Affidavit or Deed Poll if your present name is different from that on the Birth Certificate
  • Academic/Professional Certificates (e.g. Graduate Diploma, Undergraduate Degree, etc.) obtained from institutions other than The UWI
  • Official transcripts (Not applicable to graduates of The UWI).  Please note that these must be sent directly from the granting institution to the UWI Open Campus at the address below
  • Transcripts  and Referee Reports must be submitted to:


The Assistant Registrar

Recruitment, Admissions and Registration

Office of the Campus Registrar

The University of the West Indies

Open Campus

Located Adjacent to Central Stationery Stores on

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

St. Augustine

Trinidad and Tobago

  • All other supporting documents should be submitted through a UWI Open Campus Country Site Office.  NB: Applicants are required to take the originals and a copy.
Course of Study
Research Paper
Data Management for Epidemiological Studies
Critical Evaluation of the Medical Literature & Writing Scientific Manuscripts
Research Methods, Research Ethics & Project Management
Introduction to Statistics & Computing
Fundamentals of Epidemiology