As the principal Regional Public Health Agency for the Caribbean, one of CARPHA’s core functions is to conduct relevant research on public health priorities in the Caribbean. The Research, Training and Policy Development Unit of CARPHA also has a mandate to Promote research for health; Advise Governments and other stakeholders on research for health; Strengthen National and Regional Health Research Systems; Develop mechanisms to support priority research; and Promote the sharing of the Region’s Scientific outputs. These directives are addressed in all the Unit’s functions.



The Annual Research Conference is the flagship activity of the CARPHA and has been successfully hosted every year since 1956. Usually held the third week in April, it is the largest health research conference in the English speaking Caribbean with over 200 delegates in attendance. The latter comprise researchers, policy makers and health care providers thus creating a unique network of health stakeholders who share needs, information and experiences.

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Research Grants Programme is one of its mechanisms to build health research capacity in the Caribbean. It is a facility whereby junior/budding researchers are given funding to assist in the conduct of small studies. Often, these studies are expanded on the basis of the initial findings into larger projects for which support may be sought from funding agencies with larger budgets. Projects proposals are expected to address areas identified as Regional priority as defined by the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH).

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The REPDU is a partnership between the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the health ministries of participating islands, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with additional technical support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO),  and University of West Indies. As the programme grows, CR-FELTP graduates will contribute to country capacity for training and coaching.

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Level I of the REPDU is based on nine core competencies for integrated field and laboratory epidemiological practice, as determined by the regional partners of the programme.

The REPDU combines face-to-face training and field assignments which demonstrate the trainees' ability to apply their new knowledge and skills.

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On this page you will find a categorized list of resources on Field Epidemiology and Laboratory work. This list of resources includes: training tools and methods and field epidemiology training programmes. We welcome any suggestions of resources for inclusion in this list.

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