Public Health Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for trainees are now listed under Program requirements. This follows a review by the Faculty Training Committee, Faculty Assessment Committee and the Faculty Education Committee in Public Health Medicine.

Trainees are expected to satisfactorily complete the 2020 training program requirements where possible.

The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

See also COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes.

Program overview

ProgCov-Public-Health-Medicine-handbook-2017-18In Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine, you will explore a new depth of specialty training in the health and care of populations, including health promotion, prevention of disease and illness, assessment of a community's health needs, provision of health services to communities and research. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds your skills through work-based assessments and learning tools

Program updates

See announced interim changes to program requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All our Advanced Training programs are evaluated biennially by overseeing committees to ensure they are in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. Please ensure you are following the correct guidelines during your training. You can find the latest updates in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

Prospective trainee requirements for entry into the Public Health Medicine program:

General Medical Registration

Applicants in Australia must have full general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia. Applicants in New Zealand must have medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and a practising certificate.

Three years post-graduate medical experience

  • Internship year (i.e. regular face to face clinical patient contact)
  • At least one year full time equivalent clinical experience (i.e. regular face to face patient contact) in addition to an Internship
  • May include up to one year of a full time Master of Public Health.

Master of Public Health (or equivalent)

All Masters of Public Health (MPH) courses must be an assessed course rather than an attendance course.

For trainees who enter the program from 2018 onwards:

A completed MPH (or equivalent) that satisfies* the five Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) compulsory core discipline areas. 
* This requirement is recommended for 2017 and mandatory from 2018.

For trainees who enter the program before 2018:

  • A completed MPH (or equivalent) that satisfies the five AFPHM compulsory core discipline areas
  • OR
  • Current enrolment in a Master of Public Health course at the time of application.
  • Three of five core discipline areas must be completed at the time of application.
  • Progression beyond 12 units/months of training will require evidence of a pass on approved subjects that address outstanding core discipline areas.

AFPHM compulsory core discipline areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Protection (includes Environmental Health and/or Communicable Disease Prevention and Control)
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Policy, Planning or Management

Appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training Position

Applicants must have secured an approved training position in an accredited training site before they commence their training.

AFPHM is not able to offer or arrange training posts for trainees; however Regional Education Coordinators (REC) may be aware of positions available in their area and may assist you.

Please note that AFPHM Part I Entry Requirements: Entry Application and MPH Review letter might be required when applying for PHM positions. Please refer to eligibility criteria for more information.

New and current trainees need to apply for Advanced Training each year.


Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine requires three years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training at an accredited training site.


Successful trainees will be admitted to the FAFPHM. Eligibility is depended on the completion of all requirements of training. Once the overseeing committee has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship.

New Fellows will receive formal notification from the College that they have been admitted to Fellowship and receive a letter confirming the completion of their training. All Fellows in Australia, New Zealand and overseas in active practice must meet the requirements of a Continuing Professional Development program.

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