Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program students working in a group

The Public Health and Preventive Medicine postgraduate program at the University of Ottawa is a RCPSC accredited 5-year residency program. We offer the opportunity for residents to receive comprehensive Public Health and Preventive Medicine training while living and working in a beautiful city. 

Being located in the nation's capital, the program enjoys exceptional access to a variety of amazing training sites, including local and federal departments and agencies such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, Department of National Defence, Canadian Medical Association, Correctional Service of Canada, Health Canada, Direction de Santé Public de l'Outaouais, and Ottawa Public Health.  These sites are a short drive, bike ride or sometimes even a walk away!  Other public health units of Ottawa/Gatineau region are also within a reasonable commuting distance including Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit (Brockville).  Ottawa Public Health, a large health unit with four public health physicians (one medical officer of health and three associate medical officers of health), provides an excellent training environment.

The program is flexible in offering a choice of two streams.  Residents can pursue a pure public health stream, the advantage of which is a greater focus on public health (General Stream).  Three final years of the program are devoted entirely to public health.  The Family Medicine Stream offers the opportunity of obtaining Certification in The College of Family Physicians as a part of the program.  The University of Ottawa boasts one of the best Family Medicine training sites. 

Please visit the CaRMS web site for further information about applying to our Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

Director of Residency Program

Maura Ricketts

Program Administrator: Jennifer Collins (
(613) 562-5800 ext. 8041

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