Vice-Chancellor

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Prof. Prem Misir

Professor Prem Misir was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fiji on June 1, 2015.

Professor Prem Misir, Ph.D., MPH, M.Phil, B.S.Sc. (Honours), FRSPH is the holder of the Ph.D (University of Hull, England); MPH (University of Manchester, England); M.Phil (University of Surrey, England); B.S.Sc. (Honours) (Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom); Postdoctoral program in Public Health (Columbia University, New York); and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH).

Professor Prem Misir is the former Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana. While acting as Pro-Chancellor, he had an affiliation with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Guyana, teaching Research Methodology and Biostatistics. After leaving the University of Guyana, he accepted the appointment of Executive Director of the Health Sector Development Unit(HSDU), Ministry of Health, Government of Guyana, managing The Global Fund funds in the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He also was the Head of the Press and Publicity Unit, Office of the President, Government of Guyana.

He was Clinical Associate Professor at New York University College of Dentistry; Associate Public Health Epidemiologist at the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Assistant Professor and Primary Care Coordinator at Interfaith Medical Center/State University of New York Health Services Center Brooklyn; Research and Evaluation Coordinator – Graduate Medical education, United Hospitals Medical Center/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

He is the author of nine (9) books, the most recent being:

  • Misir, P. (2013). HIV & AIDS knowledge and stigma among high school Students in Guyana. Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press.

His most recent journal articles on public health include:

    • Misir, P. (2015). Health care in Guyana. Social Medicine, 9 (1), 36-47.
    • Misir, P. (2015). Reforma al Sistema de Salud en Guyana. Medicina Social, 9 (1), 45-56.
    • Misir, P. (2013). Structuration theory, a conceptual framework for HIV/AIDS stigma. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, doi: 10.1177/1545109712463072.
    • Misir, P. (2013). Book Brief – Compendium of Judgments: Judicial Dialogue on HIV, Human Rights and the Law in Asia and the Pacific. Health and Human Rights, An International Journal, October, Harvard University Press.
    • Misir, P. (2013). HIV/AIDS stigma-reduction on VCT uptake: An adapted systematic review. Eastern Journal of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University Faculty of Medicine, Van, Turkiye, 18 (4), 150-164.

Recent Book Chapter:

Misir, P. (2014). ‘Guyana: Quality and Equity in Education’, in E. Thomas (ed.), Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean and Netherlands Antilles. London & New York: Bloomsbury.

Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of an international study on HIV and AIDS knowledge and stigma. The purpose of this study will be to test the relationship between high school students’ HIV and AIDS knowledge and their stigma-related attitudes/perceptions of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Guyana, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Fiji, with the view to designing effective stigma-reduction combined intervention programs.

Professor Misir’s academic accomplishments have gained international recognition. The Royal Society for Public Health in England recently elected Prem Misir as a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He was Honorary Professor in Public Health at the University of Central Lancashire in England, where in his professorial capacity, he supported the continuing engagement between the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Guyana to acquire mutual benefits in earth and environmental sciences. He also was Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine with instructional responsibility for the “Graduate Research Methods” course. At Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Professor Misir was Visiting Professor with instructional responsibility for the “Evaluation of Health Promotion and Education Programs” course on the MPH program.

Professor Prem Misir held international consultancies, including that of PAHO/WHO Evaluation Team: For Renewing Primary Health Care; PAHO/WHO Consultative Team: CARICOM priorities for the Proposed Regional Goals for Human Resources for Health and; and worked as UNDP Consultant to the National Tripartite Committee on HIVand AIDS where he developed the National HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy for the Government of Guyana. He was a Collaborative Researcher/Adviser with the University of Bern, Switzerland on Rethinking the Millennium Development Goals: Stakeholders’ Perception and Strategic Choices. He was the National Representative for Education in Guyana at the Organization of American States (OAS); he was a Member of the Global Fund/Country Coordinating Mechanism (GF/CCM) for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Professor Misir was the Presidential Emissary of the Government of Guyana for the South American Community of Nations, High level Strategic Group that established the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

Contact Office of the Vice-Chancellor for more information: premm@unifiji.ac.fj