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UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) - Specialty training scheme

Introduction

The School offers taught course and research placements as part of the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) Specialty training scheme, where we have national treasure status. During a placement, Public Health trainees will be supported to gain public health competencies and develop skills in areas such as literature review, critical appraisal, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, writing for publication and teaching. Post Part B trainees are expected to teach on MSc courses or lead Part A preparation sessions. There are also opportunities for trainees to develop seminars and presentations, organise conferences and access a wide range of in-house staff development courses.

Types of placement

MSc courses
Most London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex (LKSS) public health trainees complete an MSc in Public Health at the School. Many trainees also take Part A of the FPH exams during or directly after the MSc. A Part A revision course is organised and run by LKSS trainees with the support of School staff.

Post Part B Public Health training placements
After completing part B of the FPH exams, public health trainees may apply for an academic placement to gain specific research skills or experience and fulfil key learning outcomes. Some registrars also carry out pilot work and prepare for research fellowship applications during an academic placement. Placements are typically 6 to 12 months.

Academic training pathway
In alternate years, the School welcomes an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in Public Health. These posts last up to three years and allow 25% of a trainee’s time to be spent at the School, with the remaining 75% spent in local service public health and health protection training placements. As well as completing an MSc and FPH exams, ACFs are expected to identify an area of research interest to develop into an application for PhD fellowship funding from funders such as MRC, Wellome or NIHR.

Studying for a PhD as a trainee
Public health trainees interested in exploring a research area in depth can take time out of specialty training (OOPR – out of programme research) to complete a PhD if they obtain additional funding. Fellowships for PhDs are usually funded from organisations such as MRC, Wellcome or NIHR. Some PhD time may be counted towards specialist training, with prior approval.

Training pathway diagram (pdf)

Educational supervision

Professor Karen Lock and Dr Helen Hogan are the School’s two highly experienced educational supervisors and are the main point of contact for public health training.

Training locations and potential project supervisors

Placements are available in all three Faculties, tailored to individuals’ needs and interests. There are a number of qualified public health trained staff across all three faculties who can act as project supervisors. However, all staff are potentially eligible for this role and non FPH accredited staff will work closely with the Educational Supervisors to provide a suitable placement.

Example previous projects

Dates

Project

Specialty registrar

2014-2015

  • Systematic Review into global sociodemographic differences in e-cigarette awareness and use.
  • Also preparation of successful NIHR doctoral fellowship application into influences on the attendance of e-cigarette users at NHS stop smoking services.

Greg Hartwell

2015

  • Systematic Review into using retrospective PROMs to determine pre-event health status and the validity of using general population norms instead of retrospective PROMs.
  • Also preparation of successful doctoral fellowship application, seminar design and teaching.

Esther Kwong

2016-2017

  • Estimating the burden of Group B Streptococcal disease in pregnant women, stillbirths and children.
  • Mapping laboratory capacity in Low and Middle Income Countries.
  • Protocols for AMR surveillance in LMICs.
  • Grant applications, ethics approvals, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, statistical modelling, economic costing, policy development.

Anna Seale

Contacts

If you would like to discuss a Public Health training placement at the School, please get in touch first with either of the Educational Supervisors, Karen Lock or Helen Hogan. If you have a specific research area in mind, you can contact one of the FPH contacts in the Faculty you are interested in (listed below) who can help direct you to potential project supervisors. Arrangements will need to be formalised through your Training Programme Director and the educational supervisors.

Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health

Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases