Public Health Medicine

Program overview

ProgCov-Public-Health-Medicine-handbook-2017-18In Advanced Training in P​ublic 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

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 2017-18 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.

Masters 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

Masters 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.

Duration

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

Qualification

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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