The Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist demonstrates skills in leadership; development of public policy; 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;

  • clinical practice in community-oriented settings;

  • the assessment and control of occupational and environmental health problems;

  • teaching and research.

From “Objectives of Training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.” Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Public (Government) Service:

  • Municipal/Regional – Medical Officer of Health;
  • Provincial – Chief Medical Officer of Health; and
  • Federal – Consultant.

International Health Consultant:

  • Centres for Disease Control;
  • World Health Organization;
  • Pan American Health Organization;
  • Canadian International Development Agency; and
  • United Nations.

Occupational Health Consultant:

  • Industry;
  • Private Practice; and
  • Occupational Health Agencies - Workers’ Safety and Insurance Board.

Research and Education:

  • Education in clinical epidemiology at either the undergraduate or graduate level;
  • Independent Research; and
  • Director, Residency Program.
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