LGL - Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
FINH - First Nations and Inuit Health
OPH (City of ) Ottawa Public Health
PHAC Public Health Agency of Canada
TOH - the Ottawa Hospital
UofO - the University of Ottawa
The first two years of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency are integrated with the Family Medicine Program of the University of Ottawa to complete the requirements for Certification in Family Medicine. Throughout the Family Medicine training component, Public Health and Preventive Medicine residents are encouraged to focus on clinical areas relevant to Public Health Medicine (e.g., Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases). There are opportunities for residents to pursue particular interests through electives.
The third year of the program is dedicated to academic coursework, covering the basic sciences underpinning public health practice. Courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and other public health sciences provide the theoretical and conceptual training which the resident requires to work in public health and preventive medicine. Placements before and after the formal academic training are designed to reinforce the relevance of the scientific training for professional practice. Residents may have the opportunity to complete a thesis of part of a master's degree, and individual arrangements are made to ensure that the program supports them in this goal. Residents are strongly encouraged to integrate their thesis into a field placement.
The fourth year, and six months of the fifth year of the program are spent doing public health field placements in the core rotations.
Mandatory Content of Training
Number of Blocks
Family Medicine Training (FM)
2 x 13
Examples include: Family Medicine, Public Health, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Psychiatry, electives.
TOH, OPH, other affiliated clinical sites
Years 3-5 (order may vary)
Communicable Disease/ Health Protection
Focus on communicable disease and outbreak management activities at the local public health unit. Complementary activities in risk assessment and risk management.
Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention
Work as part of a multidisciplinary team on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention strategies at the local public health unit. Explore ways to connect with different populations and community partners in a variety of settings and using different communication strategies.
LGL, OPH, EOHU
Develop expertise in assessing the health needs of a defined population. Participate in the development and/or evaluation of a disease or injury surveillance system.
DND, DSP, LGL, OPH, PHAC
Act as a consultant on health hazard issues. Participate in Emergency Planning activities.
Public Health Policy
Act as a consultant on a Policy or Public Health Ethics development project. Covers CanMeds objectives under Physician as Health Advocate
FINH, OPH, PHAC
Consolidation (includes Public Health Policy)
Covers objectives Physician as Collaborator, Communicator and Manager not covered in previous rotations and provide opportunities for graduated responsibility appropriate for a senior resident
DSP, LGL, OPH, EOHU
Elective** Content of Training
Number of Blocks
Alone or in combination: Research Elective Return to any of the mandatory placements Approved electives locally, provincially, nationally and internationally
*The consolidation rotation is intended to provide the resident with graduated responsibility in an area with whose content they are already familiar.
**If significant areas of weakness are identified at the end of Year 4, the Program Director may require the resident to address these in Year 5.