Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Public Health & Preventive Medicine is a branch of medicine concerned with the health of populations. The Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist uses population health knowledge and skills to play leading and collaborative roles in the maintenance and improvement of the health and well-being of the community. Through interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral partnerships, the Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist measures the health needs of populations and develops strategies for improving health and well-being, through health promotion, disease prevention and health protection.

The Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist demonstrates skills in leadership, development of public policy, and the design, implementation and evaluation of health programs, and applies them to a broad range of community health issues.

The Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist can engage in a number of careers, for example:

  • the practice of public health at a local, regional, national or international level;
  • the planning and administration of health services, whether in institutions or in government;
  • community-oriented clinical practice with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention;
  • the assessment and control of occupational and environmental health problems;
  • teaching; and
  • research.

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As with other residency programs at UBC, the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program is part of the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) process.

The specialty training requirements and educational objectives of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program are established by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Residents usually enter the UBC program either at a Post-Graduate Year 1 level (PGY1) or at a Post-Graduate Year 3 level (PGY3). The duration of training as well as the experience will be tailored for the individual resident to ensure they fulfill Royal College requirements. Application should be made to the Royal College as soon as possible for decisions regarding crediting previous training toward the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Program requirements.

The UBC program has five major areas of activities:

  1. Academic Training [usually a Master of Health Science (MHSc) or Master of Public Health (MPH)]
  2. Clinical Training
  3. Field Rotations [mandatory and elective]
  4. Weekly Academic Days [Fridays]
  5. Research

These areas are intended to train a specialist in Public Health & Preventive Medicine who is ready for practice. The Royal College educational objectives help to ensure that all elements of the Fellowship examinations are met.

Flexibility within the program permits residents to explore individual interests. As each resident has unique needs and career interests, he/she is encouraged to consult with faculty members and to share their experiences with each other.

View an overview presentation on the UBC Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency program.

The UBC Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada which establishes specialty training requirements, educational objectives, and certification examinations for Public Health & Preventive Medicine. You should visit their website regularly to be current with the latest information. It is recommended that residents join the Royal College in order to get access to the members-only area. There is no fee for residents.

The Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program is administered by the Program Director with day-to-day running of the program being done by the Program Coordinator.

The External Residency Committee (ERC) has representation from full-time and clinical faculty and residents. It meets four times a year to review the program, resident rotations, and set policy.

All residents are members of the Internal Residency Committee (IRC) that convenes regularly throughout the year to review rotation issues, plan academic day activities, approve expenditures of resident’s funds, and address other resident issues as necessary.

The Residency program is one of the post-graduate education training programs in the Faculty of Medicine. The Postgraduate Dean's Office oversees all residency programs and sets the general policy for all residency programs. For questions regarding licensing issues and payroll please contact the Postgraduate Dean's Office.

The contractual terms and conditions of residents' employment are negotiated by the Professional Association of Residents of BC.