Graduate Course Requirements

Residents entering the program directly from Medical School begin their training at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health completing  academic year of the residency and will complete their Master of Health Science or Public Health.

Most residents will fulfill the Royal College academic training requirements through the Master of Health Science (MHSc) or Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs in their first year of residency training. Note that the MPH may take longer than one academic year to complete. Prior to starting either program, courses required for the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program should be discussed with the Program Director.

The MHSc and MPH degrees follow the UBC academic year and start in September. As the residents’ year is usually July 1 to June 30, the first two months of that year are spent in a Field Rotation.

All residents in a postgraduate degree program must be enrolled in and meet the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies including the payment of required fees. The applicant should be aware that application and tuition fees are not covered by the PHPM program or waived by UBC.

Academic Half Day

Residents are expected to attend SPPH 570/710 each Friday afternoon at the School of Population and Public Health. This is a formal course designed to cover important content areas in Public Health & Preventive Medicine and develops proficiencies in oral and written skills to prepare residents for their Fellowship examinations. Residents may also be asked to attend occasional meetings or other Public Health & Preventive Medicine events on Friday mornings. Those engaged in Graduate Studies at SPPH are required to attend weekly Grand Rounds each Friday morning during the Academic Year.

During the summer residents may go on field trips during some Academic Half Days. Examples of such trips include visits to correctional centers, landfills, watersheds, abattoirs, and a port authority.

Basic Clinical Training

Residents entering the program directly from Medical School will enter into the academic year of the residency and will complete their Master of Health Science or Public Health. Following the Master’s degree, there are two possibilities for clinical training. Residents can do one basic clinical year or obtain certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada via the UBC Family Practice Residency through two years of clinical training. Please contact the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program Director regarding this possibility. The final decision for location of clinical training is made by the PGY-1 Coordinating Office or the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Education.

Residents choosing to spend one year in Basic Clinical Training will have an additional year for public health-relevant rotations.

Public Health Practice Training

Over the course of their two years of core training in PHPM, residents will complete 12 months of general public health practice rotations in 3 different Regional Health Authorities. Residents will also complete a minimum of 12 months of specialized public health practice drawing from several training opportunities including Environmental Health, Communicable Disease Control, Occupational Health, Infection Control, Medical Microbiology, Tuberculosis Control, and Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infection Control.

Residents have an additional 12 months of training during their final year which can be used for elective or fellowship training experiences relevant to public health practice. Residents who elect to complete their Family Medicine training early in their program, or practising physicians who join the program in the third year of our program will have less opportunity for fellowship and elective training in their final year.

Six months of training in an unaccredited setting is conditionally permitted by the Royal College, conditional on the approval of the Program Director. Examples of elective rotations include international health with UNICEF or the Canadian International Development Agency, and aerospace medicine at the Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine.