School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Public Health Officer Training Program (PHOTP)

Since 2009, the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) and the NSW Department of Health have had an academic partnership to support and enhance the prestigious NSW Public Health Officer Training Program (PHOTP).

The PHOTP is a highly competitive 3-year field-based public health training program. It commenced in 1990 and was modelled on the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program’s mission is to produce highly competent multidisciplinary professionals capable of ‘public health action’.

The SPHCM provides a pathway for PHO Trainees who commenced between 2009 and 2012 to enrol in a tailored Professional Doctorate in Applied Public Health (DrPH). The program is based on a competency framework which candidates fulfil through field-based training, formal education seminars and workshops. PHO Trainees are supervised by SPHCM and NSW Health academic and field-based supervisors for the duration of their Traineeship.

All PHO Trainees are employees of the NSW Department of Health. For information about the PHOTP, please refer to the NSW Department of Health website.