Training Curriculum

The public health curriculum provides guidance on specialty training for registrars, supervisors and those considering entering the specialty. This document describes all the required components of training leading to completion of training in public health which normally lasts a period of five years.  The curriculum provides a framework within which registrars and supervisors can determine and understand the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours which will allow a registrar to achieve the level of competence required of a specialist to undertake consultant level practice. It has been futureproofed by adhering to enduring principles of the practice of public health rather than the detail of the current systems within which health and social care is currently delivered in the four administrations with the UK. The curriculum as developed should therefore be relevant through structural reorganisation and in different systems, cultures, and countries.

The curriculum defines and describes the processes of training including: recruitment, induction, assessment and remediation, phases of training, settings, learning methods and outcomes. Learning outcomes are the statements that describe core elements of learning that a registrar will be required to obtain whilst in training. The curriculum describes at what stage of training these learning outcomes should be gained.

Curriculum Development

The content of the curriculum was developed from existing well established competency frameworks which have been in use by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) for many years and have guided our development of the RITA (Record of In-service Training Assessment) framework since 1998, the 2010 public health curriculum and the public health knowledge and skills framework.

The curriculum was agreed through various committees of the Faculty of Public Health and approved by the Board. There has been wide representation of experienced practising public health consultants from many different areas of practice, senior public health specialists and registrar members. We have been supported by significant work from regulators, professional bodies, employers, commissioners, workforce planners and stakeholders across the UK in the workshops and two consultations in the course of development of this curriculum.

Overall responsibility for the curriculum development lies with the Academic Registrar, accountable through the Education Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Public Health. The membership was widely consulted during development. Our Lead Dean and lay members have been involved throughout and the curriculum has been endorsed by the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD) and by representatives of employers of public health consultants.  The Faculty has a commitment to update and develop the curriculum in line with the principles and standards outlined by the regulators.

For details of the curriculum review process currently taking place please visit the Curriculum Review 2020 page.

Useful Documents

Please see below links to useful documents:

PH Curriculum 2015

Mapping plus March 2016 version3 11042016

DFPH and MFPH mapping 

Transitioning registrars - brief guide to the 2015 curriculum

KA10 Formative Assessment

Development and evaluation of a formative assessment of Key Area 10 Integration and Application of Competences for Consultant Practice.  Please click here for more background information and see below some useful documents.

KA10 Assessment Guidance version 1.4

KA10 Evaluation Form