Specialty Training Programme
The Public Health Training Programme offers generalist Public Health training to up to 45 individuals from medical and non-medical backgrounds. To qualify for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and eligibility for inclusion on professional registers as a Public Health Specialist (i.e. Consultant), a minimum of 48 months must be spent in recognised public health training posts. Most trainees complete a year of study in their first year of training followed by four years of “service work” within a range of public health placements. Registrars are paid a salary throughout training.
StRs mainly learn through regular service work which is designed to meet educational need. Specialty Registrars (StRs) are placed for their first 24/30 months in a Local Authority Public Health Directorate to gain a firm foundation in public health. During this time registrars sit the Diplomate (DFPH) and Membership (MFPH) examinations of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH). StRs are supported to gain the knowledge foundation appropriate for sitting the DFPH. This may be through a masters course or some other method of delivery of the exam syllabus (see Exams page). It is a requirement of the curriculum that registrars gain experience in at least two training locations (in addition to the mandatory health protection placement). Placements are arranged according to educational need and training capacity. Time is also allocated for private study and for regional training activities linked to particular phases of training (please see Regional training & study leave page).
The programme also offers specialist training in academic Public health through the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL) schemes. There are also opportunities for non-NIHR,locally funded Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and Academic Fellow (AF) schemes for candidates both with and without a medical degree. The programme also offers a set of training placements intended to support a career in health protection. There may be also opportunities for one or two year Fellowships for individuals interested in developing specific competence but not leading to a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).
Individuals interested in either specialty training to CCT or Fellowship opportunities should speak with the Training Programme Director (TPD). For more information please see HERE.
Please use the links below for more detailed information about the specialty training programme.