Public Health Training

Introduction: At UCL there are three training locations within the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care in the UCL Medical School’s Faculty of Population Health Sciences:

  1. the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH);
  2. the Research Department of Infection and Population Health (IPH);
  3. the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR).

The three departments work together to form a combined training location but have separate Public Health training educational supervisors:

Project supervisors / attachment trainers The academic staff listed below meet the Faculty of Public Health requirements for project supervisors / attachment trainers, as specified on www.fph.org.uk/training/trainers/project_supervisor.asp.

Individuals wishing to enquire about public health training with the department please e-mail the relevant educational supervisor (as above) or contact the accredited project supervisors named below. Please note that the educational supervisors can also act as project supervisors for specific public health registrars.

Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health (EPH)

Dr Jennifer Mindell (ES)
Reader in Public Health +44 (0)20 7679 1269 initial.surname@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Harry Hemingway Professor of Clinical Epidemiology +44 (0)20 3108 3084 initial.surname@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Sir Michael Marmot MRC Research Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health +44 (0)20 7679 1717 initial.surname@ucl.ac.uk

In addition, Professors Nora Groce, Di Kuh, and Martin Bobak can sometimes have a public health registrar working in their research group, as can the Institute for Health Equity. An Educational supervisor with the time to share the role of project supervisor with academic staff in that group is needed where the project supervisor is not an accredited public health trainer.

Dept of Infection and Population Health (IPH)

Dr Andrew Hayward (ES)
Senior Lecturer in Infectious Disease Epidemiology +44 (0)20 7472 6138 initial.surname@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Anne Johnson Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology +44 (0)20 7472 6754 firstname.surname@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Judith Stephenson Margaret Pyke Chair of Sexual & Reproductive Health +44 (0)20 7679 3642 firstname.surname@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Pam Sonnenberg Clinical senior lecturer +44 (0)20 3108 2077 initial.surname@ucl.ac.uk

Dept of Applied Health Research (DAHR)

Dr Nora Pashayan (ES) Clinical Senior Lecturer +44 (0)20 3108 3255 initial.surname@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Rosalind Raine Head of Dept and Professor of Health Services Research +44 (0)20 7679 1713 initial.surname@ucl.ac.uk

Each trainer

  • is a consultant in public health or a public health specialist of equivalent experience;
  • is committed to providing high quality training e.g. by using a learning contract;
  • provides supervision with regular feedback on work in their related field;
  • is familiar with Faculty requirements and understands the roles and responsibilities involved in training in public health;
  • has experience in training and supervision of projects.

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Academic Clinical Fellows: For academic fellows, the three year post incorporates the majority of the time that public health registrars need to spend in local level public health and health protection over the course of their general public health training. The objectives of these posts are:

  • to develop key public health, research and teaching competencies with a focus on clinical epidemiology, health services research and broader public health issues;
  • to complete an MSc in a population science discipline;
  • to pass Parts A & B of the Faculty of Public Health Membership exams;
  • to develop an interest in a specific area of public health research; and
  • to apply successfully for a DH/MRC/Wellcome research training fellowship.

The programme is registrar centred and encourages registrars to spend time rotating through different research groups in order to optimise the fit between registrar, topic and supervisor. Registrars will be given time to develop their academic interests with senior level academic support whilst full-filling requirements for clinical training in public health. Regular meetings with mentors will ensure that the work and training programme fits well with the registrar’s previous experience and with their developing academic and service interests. Within the Institute, the research interests of the candidate will be matched to those of existing research groupings. Fellows will have weekly contact with their UCL Department throughout the Fellowship as well as a more intensive academic block in the second year. The supervisor/mentor will provide support in choosing appropriate MSc and PhD research projects and will work with the Fellow to develop his/her ideas and to prepare a Fellowship application for a PhD. The Fellow will conduct background literature reviews and discuss possible projects with the mentor to identify a research project addressing a substantive area of scientific uncertainty in an area of public health importance. Project development will, where appropriate, benefit from collaboration with other senior academic staff.

Registrars who are successful in obtaining a research fellowship will undertake this as "Out of Programme Experience". If the research fellowship is successfully completed and a higher degree is awarded, the Fellow will be eligible to apply for a Clinical Lectureship post or a post-doctoral Fellowship, during which the remaining public health competencies can be completed.

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Clinical Lecturers (Post-doctoral): NIHR Clinical Lectureships are available for up to 4 years to support post-doctoral registrars in developing the skills and experience necessary to take up senior academic posts/senior career development awards. Lectureships will allow registrars to complete their remaining RITA/ARCP competencies, continue their specialist training in health protection and further develop as independent researchers. There will be one clinical lectureship post associated with this programme each year. The objectives of the training will be:

  • to complete the service aspects of public health training;
  • to successfully sit part B of the Faculty of Public Health Exams (if not already completed);
  • to obtain a CCT in Public Health; and
  • to continue to develop skills in public health research and teaching in order to develop as an independent researcher and academic capable of applying for senior academic positions and/or senior research career development awards.

In order to gain teaching experience, lecturers will be expected to take responsibility for the organisation and delivery of a defined component of undergraduate or postgraduate teaching in public health or epidemiology at UCL (limited to no more than 20% of allotted academic time).

Post OSPHE Public Health training: Public Health registrars will choose an academic placement, in most cases, to fulfil specific needs, such as using complex datasets, to have the experience of a period of in-depth academic research or to publish a peer-reviewed paper. Registrars will arrive with a limited number of RITA/ARCP competencies they wish to address during the attachment. Research competencies relating to communicable disease control and reproductive and sexual health may be attained during an attachment to IPH. Most other competencies can be addressed in either department. The attachment trainer, registrar, and educational supervisor will need to clarify early on realistic objectives for the placement, such as to learn certain specific competencies, or (ideally) to write a paper for publication, or a mixture of the two. Registrars and their supervisors will need to negotiate a planned work programme that, as far as possible, is likely to meet these agreed objectives, is of interest to the registrar, and is linked appropriately to research in the Institute.

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Resources


The Faculty of Public Health has produced a guide to Public Health training "Public Health: Specialise in the 'Bigger Picture' and provides information about considering a career in public health whether from a medical, other clinical or non-clinical background. You can download this publication or order a hard copy from the FPH website.


Presentations from September 2012 Open day:

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