What is public health?

Public health is about improving and protecting the health of groups of people, rather than about treating individual patients. Public health consultants must look at 'the bigger picture' and then take action to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent disease, protect and improve general health, and improve healthcare services. The population they are working for could be a rural community, an entire city, or the global population, but the principles remain the same.

This website provides information specific to training as a specialist or as a practitioner in public health in Health Education England's East of England region. This covers the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.


For more information on careers in Public Health and training as a specialist please see the Faculty of Public Health website.


For training as a specialist with a non-medical background - or training as a practitioner, see the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) website.


For further information on public health careers, visit Health Careers. This aims to inform people about public health jobs, and support the whole workforce from volunteers up to senior management in developing their careers.


Additional links below will take you to some other resources to learn about a career in public health.


Faculty of Public Health (FPH)
UK Public Health Register
Choosing to train in Public Health (eBook)

Choosing to train in Public Health

Available as a Kindle book from Amazon

Public health specialty training is among the most competitive of the higher specialty training programmes in the United Kingdom. A mixed clinical specialty, public health training is open to medical, dental and other graduates, and takes between four and five years. Completion of the training scheme confers specialist registration and eligibility to undertake a range of roles including Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Consultant in Communicable Disease Control.

This Codex, written by three current UK public health specialty registrars (two medical and one non-medical - including one from this scheme), introduces readers to the discipline of public health and career prospects during training and beyond in the UK. As well as offering insights into life as a registrar, the final chapter provides a comprehensive explanation of the UK recruitment process.

A career in public health. Student BMJ (2014)
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