The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff: Academic


Dr. Heather Harewood
Dr. Heather Harewood
Titles: Lecturer, Public Health
Department: FMS
Discipline: Clinical Faculty (Phase II)
Qualifications: BSc MBBS (UWI) MPH (Birmingham)
Contact: (Office): 246-417-4690
Teaching Areas: Medical undergraduates: Heather co-coordinates and lectures on the Health Services Management course and lectures in the Health and Environment course. She is also involved in the teaching and assessment of medical undergraduates in Child Health and Family Medicine.
Postgraduate: Heather coordinates and lectures on the Environmental Health and Primary Health Care courses and co-coordinates and lectures on the Family Health and Health Care Systems course in the MPH program and assists in the supervision of students research projects for the MPH.
Biography: Heather Harewood is currently a Lecturer in Public Health and a member of the CARICOM task force for youth and adolescent health. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology and the MB,BS from UWI and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Birmingham (UK). Heather was involved in the administration and delivery of the MPH, Cave Hill as an Associate Lecturer from 2009 prior to joining the faculty full time in 2015.
She worked for many years as a Medical Officer of Health with the Ministry of Health Barbados and held administrative responsibility for the delivery of Public Health and primary care services, in addition to clinical duties in the Maternal and Child Health clinics, teaching and mentoring of MB,BS students and collaboration with the Ministry of Health at the policy level.
Research: Heather is interested in Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Health and worksite wellness.
Most recently she has been conducting reserach exploring the experinces and perceptions of cancer patients in accessing health care.
Publications: Selected Publications
Global Burden of Disease 2013 (a large collaborative with many  contributors)
Ng M, Robinson M, Thomas B et al. Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.Lancet 2014 Aug 29;384(9945):766-81. Epub 2014 May 29
Additional Information: Non-Refereed Publications
Workshop to Develop an Adolescent Pregnancy Strategy and Plan for CARICOM Member States, October 28-30, 2013 and Launch of the 2013 State of the World Population Report, UNFPA October 2013. Title: “Status of Adolescent Pregnancy in Barbados”
Small Health Care Facilities Matter: Enhancing the Resilience of Smaller Health Care Facilities in Barbados’ by Dr. Heather Harewood, Medical Officer, Ministry of Health in Barbados:  published in Issue 119, April 2013 Pan American Health Organization  Newsletter:- Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. Available online at:
Plan of Action to Maintain the Measles-free Status of Barbados for the Period 2013-2014 prepared for the Ministry of Health for submission to the International Expert Committee (IEC) Implementation of the Resolution CPS28.R14 - Plan of Action for maintaining Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome elimination in the Region of the Americas. Report submitted August 2013 (12 pages)
7th Annual Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) held in Jamaica, December 2012. Title: ‘Small Health Care Facilities Matter: A country driven collaborative approach to enhancing the resilience of smaller health care facilities in Barbados’.   Power point presentation available online at:
Annual Independence 64th UWI/BAMP CME Conference: A Potpourri of Medical Topics (November 15, 2008). Title: “Risk Categories in Obstetrics and the Timing of Hospital/ Specialist Referrals”
Co-author: National Policy Document, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV Guidelines, (officially launched November, 2009) (17 pages)

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