Public Health & Preventive Medicine

Key Contacts

Program Director

Dr. Ninh Tran
ninh.tran@medportal.ca
905.525.9140 x 21143

Program Coordinator

Hilary Nolan Haupt
nolanh@mcmaster.ca
905.525.9140 x 22356
905.522.9507

A Public Health Career

Public Health and Preventive Medicine is that branch of medicine concerned with the health of populations. The Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist uses population health knowledge and skills to play leading and collaborative roles in the maintenance and improvement of the health and well-being of the community. Through inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral partnerships, the Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist measures the health needs of populations and develops strategies for improving health and well- being, through health promotion, disease prevention and health protection.

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 2003 & 2011.

Public (Government) Service:

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

International Health Consultant:

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

Occupational Health Consultant:

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

Research and Education:

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