Public Health Training Curriculum

The public health curriculum provides guidance on specialty training for registrars, supervisors and those considering entering the specialty. The curriculum describes all the required components of training leading to completion of training in public health which normally for five years or more. 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.

The 2015 Curriculum

The 2015 curriculum was developed from existing well established competency frameworks which have been in use by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) for many years. Overall responsibility for the curriculum lies with the Academic Registrar, accountable through the Education Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Public Health. The curriculum adopted in 2015 will be replaced in August 2022 with the revised 2020 curriculum but is the only curriculum that should be used until that time.

2015 public health training curriculum

KA10 Formative Assessment

The most important addition to the 2015 curriculum was the introduction of Key Area 10: Integration and Application of Competences for Consultant Practice (CCP). CCP describes the overarching learning outcomes registrars demonstrate when they are ready for independent practice as consultants. Readiness for independent consultant practice requires an ability to consistently judge how to select and use a range of specialist public health expertise and skills and work at senior organisational levels to deliver improved population health in complex and unpredictable environments.

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KA10 Assessment Guidance version 1.4

KA10 Evaluation Form

Curriculum Review 2020

The Faculty of Public Health is committed to reviewing the curriculum periodically to ensure it incorporates the latest regulatory standards and good practice. We undertake a wide-scale review, typically every ten years (most recently in 2015), to ensure the curriculum adheres to enduring principles of the practice of public health, and remains relevant across different systems, cultures and countries.

The FPH Board agreed to a ‘light touch’ review of the 2015 curriculum aimed to be submitted to our regulators in 2020. Following the Shape of Training Report in 2017 and Excellence by Design (GMC), all medical specialties committed to reviewing their curricula, to ensure that learning outcomes are fit for purpose and are mapped to the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities Framework.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the delivery of the revised curriculum but in July 2021 the Faculty Board approved the revised curriculum and it was subsequently approved by the UKPHR and GMC in early 2022. The revised 2022 public health curriculum will be implemented for all public health registrars in August 2022 and the Faculty’s Curriculum Implementation Committee is overseeing the introduction of the new curriculum

2022 public health specialty training curriculum

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