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The Public Health Practitioners Accredited programme (PHPAP)

The Public Health Practitioners Accredited programme (PHPAP) provides an excellent opportunity to develop professional competence and expertise for public health practitioners and wider public health workforce.

The programme is currently delivered virtually through a series of six half-day workshops, allowing participants to take on studies at a level and pace to suit their professional life.

The learning sessions support attendees in the acquisition and application of knowledge and understanding required by the UK Public Health Practitioner (UKPHR) standards and have been mapped to the UKPHR practitioners’ standards (2018 edition).

The Faculty also offers accreditation via submission of a summative written assessment as an optional aspect of the programme. This is for practitioners who would like to gain an accredited certification at the required level for UKPHR Practitioner Registration. For practitioners working towards UKPHR registration, this contributes to portfolio requirements for the demonstration of underpinning knowledge of the public health standards.

For more information you can download the current PHPAP handbook here.

Word version - Accreditation submission checklist 

Word version - Accreditation submission template 

If you have any questions please email

Programme background

In 2015 Faculty of Public Health was commissioned by Health Education England Thames Valley (HETV) to develop a course for those in the wider healthcare workforce to help them understand key concepts in public health and those preparing their portfolio for professional registration as a public health practitioner. The pilot was delivered in 2016, following a consultation process with practitioner registration schemes to identify a format for delivery and content.

The modules have been mapped against the UKPHR Practitioner Standards as well as the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework.

It is recognised as being delivered to a Level 6 of the national qualifications framework level.

The level of knowledge required for UKPHR registration is equivalent to degree level and by both attending the programme and completing the pre and post session learning activities, attendees can be confident they have the theoretical knowledge to meet UKPHR requirements. During the portfolio development process, some reflective writing will be required to show how the knowledge is relevant to the practitioner's own area of work and this can be partly achieved by carrying out the assessed task and gaining SFJ certificate.

Programme delivery

The programme is delivered by a team of Facilitators, who are Faculty members with the right knowledge and experience to deliver the workshops.

The 6 half-day modules are:

  • Workshop 1: Introduction to public health; the context and climate of practice
  • Workshop 2: Professional skills for public health; ethical practice and communication
  • Workshop 3: Introduction to epidemiology: using information for health
  • Workshop 4: Using evidence to improve public health practice
  • Workshop 5: Designing, delivering and evaluating public health interventions
  • Workshop 6: Working collaboratively to deliver the public health function in a changing political and economic climate

Target Audience

  • People who are practicing public health in any organisation who need to consolidate their knowledge and those preparing their portfolio for professional registration as a public health practitioner.
  • People who are undertaking or planning to undertake UKPHR practitioner registration scheme.


Facilitators required for programme delivery

The Faculty has been successfully delivering this programme online since 2020. Due to the demand for this course, we are looking for new members to join the team of facilitators to deliver the programme in the future. Our facilitators come from a range of background and are all experienced public health specialists, able to deliver learning content to a range of people in an engaging manner. If you are keen to join the team of facilitators please send your CV and a covering letter indicating why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the requirements. This information should be sent to

Public Health Practitioners Accredited Programme Facilitator: role description.

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