Electives in Anglophone Settings > Public Health and Community Medicine

Public Health and Community Medicine

Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) provides public health programs and services to individuals, families and communities in Ottawa while advocating for public health policies that makes our city and its residents healthier.


To gain knowledge on the programs and services delivered by Ottawa Public Health (OPH) that address public health issues affecting residents of Ottawa.


Under the supervision of an Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH), the learner will be exposed to the breadth of programs and services offered by OPH in the areas of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and surveillance. The learner will engage in a schedule of field observation activities and meetings with a variety of OPH programs (e.g. Baby Express drop-ins, Falls Prevention Screening Clinics, Dental screening, Clean Needle and Syringe, etc.)  and will learn how OPH creates a healthy and safe community that enhances the quality of life of its residents.

The learner will participate in weekly teaching sessions with the AMOH and public health residents to discuss public health medicine and related issues. In addition, the learner will attend weekly Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program Academic Half Days at the University.
The learner must complete mandatory e-learning modules (Accessibility, Baby-Friendly Initiative, Hand Hygiene) prior to commencing the elective. Once the elective is officially confirmed, the learner will be given information on how to access these modules.

Supervisor: Associate Medical Officer of Health
Location: 100 Constellation Dr. and community
Duration: Consecutive 2-week elective, 1st and 2nd full weeks of every month only – see calendar.
No. of Learners: maximum of 2 learners each month
Priority: 3rd and 4th year students

Note: uOttawa students should apply at least 3 months in advance. Students must meet pre-clinical requirements (immunization, Flu shot, Police record check) to be eligible for placement.


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Last updated: 2014.05.27