Public Health & Preventive Medicine

Public Health and Preventive Medicine Curriculum

Includes Family Medicine


PGY 2 and 3
PGY 4 and 5
This year focuses on the basic clinical rotations required by both the Royal College and Family Medicine, and is largely hospital-based. One month of the PGY 1 year is spent on an Introduction to Public Health rotation in order to orient residents to the available community medicine resources in Hamilton and begin preparations for their academic work. These years are spent completing the requirements for certification in Family Medicine, culminating in the examination at the end of year 3. As well, residents begin the coursework required for the Masters in Health Research Methodology (or alternative), along with junior field placements in Public Health. These years are spent finishing the required academic coursework and the more senior rotations in Public Health, culminating in the Royal College exams at the end of year five. Those undertaking the non-thesis option for the Masters should have completed the required courses by year four, while those pursuing the thesis option will have time to work on their thesis during years four and five.


All residents are expected to gain a reasonable understanding of the principles of research, through both coursework and field placements. Residents who pursue the HRM program will be required to complete a Research Internship of 100 hours. Those who pursue the thesis option must fulfill the research requirements set out by the HRM program. Residents who wish to have more hands-on experience with research will find numerous opportunities throughout their training.

Academic Half-Days

Residents spend one half-day per week participating in the program's educational half-day back, which consists of seminars, journal club, field trips and resident work-in-progress sessions. Field trips include visits to facilities doing work in areas relevant to the public health and preventive medicine specialist. For those pursuing Family Medicine certification, during PGY-2 and 3 the residents attend the Family Medicine academic half-days in lieu of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine half-days. Also available to residents are a wealth of rounds and seminars in other departments within the Faculty of Health Sciences.