Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Ottawa Public Health


To gain knowledge of the programs and services delivered by Ottawa Public Health (OPH) that address public health issues affecting residents of Ottawa..


Ottawa Public Health (OPH) provides public health programs and services to individuals, families and communities in Ottawa while advocating for public health policies that makes our city and its residents healthier.

Under the supervision of an Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH), the learner will be exposed to the breadth of programs and services offered by Ottawa Public Health (OPH) in the areas of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and surveillance. The learner will engage in scheduled field observation activities and meetings with a variety of OPH programs (e.g. Dental screening, Sexual Health Center, Immunization, etc.) and will learn how OPH creates a healthy and safe community that enhances the quality of life of its residents. (Note that the learner is not involved in direct patient care during this elective.) 

The learner will participate in weekly teaching sessions with the AMOH and public health residents to discuss public health medicine and related issues. In addition, the learner will attend weekly Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program Academic Half Days at the University.

The learner must complete mandatory e-learning modules (e.g. Accessibility, Baby-Friendly Initiative, Hand Hygiene, etc.) prior to commencing the elective. Once the elective is officially confirmed, the learner will be given information on how to access these modules.

Supervisor: Associate Medical Officer of Health

Location: Ottawa Public Health - 100 Constellation Dr. and Community

Duration: Consecutive 2-week elective. See 2019 calendar. See 2020 calendar.

No. of Learners: maximum of 2 learners each month

Note: Apply at least 3 months in advance to the elective start date. Students must meet pre-clinical requirements (immunization, Flu vaccine, Police record check to be eligible for placement. 

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