Field Rotations

Field rotations are intended to provide residents with a breadth and scope of general and specialized public health practice. Each rotation is typically 3-4 months long and has Public Health & Preventive Medicine specific objectives to ensure the Royal College objectives are achieved. Additional objectives may be negotiated between Field Rotation supervisors and residents with assistance from the Program Director.

Over the course of their two years of core training in PHPM, residents will complete a minimum of 3 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 practicing 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.

The Royal College accepts up to one year of the Canadian Federal Field Epidemiology Program as a field placement.

Rotation specific objectives

  • Introduction to Public Health Practice PDF Word
  • General Public Health Practice
  • Specialized Public Health Practice