University of Toronto - Public Health and Preventive Medicine Including Family Medicine - Toronto


Program Director

Dr. Barry Pakes


Program Coordinator

Katrina Chu

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Thank you for your interest in the Postgraduate Medical Education program in Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at the University of Toronto.

  • There are approximately 10-15 residents in our program at any given time and approximately 200 field and university-based faculty associated with the program. This is one of the largest Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency programs in Canada, offering a rich and varied range of training opportunities.

  • Graduates from this program have the opportunity to earn CCFP, MPH (or equivalent) and FRCPC qualifications.

  • Graduates from this program pursue careers in public health leadership positions at local, provincial, federal and international public health agencies, government and non-governmental agencies. Others follow academic and research career paths, while others choose to work in focused clinical areas such as addictions, immigrant health, and global health.

  • Residents field rotations occur in accredited Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency programs as well as elective rotations in a variety of settings within Canada and internationally.

  • PHPM is a recognized entry route for subspecialty training in Occupational Medicine by the RCPSC. Subspecialty training in Occupational Medicine is a 2-year program; however, PHPM graduates may be provided up to 1 year of credit for training during the PHPM residency by the RCPSC. PHPM graduates with an interest in Occupational Medicine may apply for the subspecialty residency program through CaRMS. For more details, please refer to the Occupational Medicine Residency Program description.

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The vision of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto is to be a great place to learn and a great place to teach public health specialist medicine to improve health and contribute to society in Canada and globally. Our mission is to train public health physician leaders and to graduate Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialists who possess the knowledge, skills and values to make independent, evidence-informed, community responsive, accountable and ethical decisions to assess, maintain and improve health overall and reduce health inequities in communities and populations.



How can I find out more about the program?

For more information, please visit our website. There are also monthly virtual Q&A sessions in the fall for those who are interested in learning more about the PHPM program. You can contact our program coordinator to learn more (

How do I learn more about the specialty of Public Health & Preventive Medicine?

The Public Health Physicians of Canada have some wonderful resources for those who wish to learn more about PHPM. You can find these resources on this link.

How do I get more information about scheduling electives?

Please visit our website to learn more about how to schedule an elective in public health.

Are we on social media?

Yes, we are! You can find us on Twitter (@PHPMUToronto) or Facebook (@publichealthut).

Do residents need to travel extensively?

One of the benefits of the PHPM residency program at the University of Toronto is the location. Many of our public field sites are located within the downtown core or can be reached by public transit. Many residents have previously chosen to take elective training outside of the Greater Toronto Area, including rural settings, across Canada, or even internationally!