University of Health Sciences Antigua
Located on 50 acres of property, the University of Health Sciences Antigua serves as the academic accent to the historical National Park area of English Harbor in Antigua, West Indies. Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands with a total surface area of 108 square miles. It is located right in the heart of the Caribbean, 312 hours flying time from New York, 3 hours from Miami, 412 hours from Toronto or Montreal, and 7 hours from London.
The University of Health Sciences Antigua was founded in 1982, primarily focusing on producing competent healthcare professionals although the institution also has non-healthcare programs and Postgraduate Diploma in various studies, such as Tropical Medicine and Travelers of Health Management.
As a privately endowed institution, the University of Health Sciences Antigua was chartered and accredited by the Ministry of Health of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and is listed with the World Health Organization. Students who graduate from the University of Health Sciences Antigua can take the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) for certification in the USA. Additionally, they may also take other certifying exams from various parts of the world.
Besides the various Medical Programs offered by the University of Health Sciences Antigua, Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs are also offered. For students enrolled under the latter program, there is a scholarship scheme entitled “Scholarship for Students from Developing Countries” (SSDC), which is available only to students from developing countries.
The purpose of the University of Health Sciences Antigua in offering this scholarship is to increase the accessibility of populace to tertiary education and global increase in the number of professionals available to developing countries all over the world. It is also precisely for this reason that no service obligations are attached to the scholarship for students from developing countries.
Apart from the scholarship, the University of Health Sciences Antigua also offers another kind of student support in the form of tuition support. The service is only open to students of the University of Health Sciences Antigua who are enrolled in the medical program. In exchange for the tuition support, the program allows the participant to provide services related to his profession (if any). Alternatively, he may also serve as a medical doctor in the rural/medically under-served areas in the United States or other parts of the world.
This program of the University of Health Sciences Antigua is precipitated on the need to increase the response to global needs. Several nations are calling for the increase in the critical mass of medical doctors available for practice in the rural/medically under-served areas. In response, the University of Health Sciences Antigua is offering programs and scholarships such as these.