Public Health Medicine is about improving and protecting the health of the population, rather than treating individual patients. Public Health physicians have specialist knowledge of health protection, health service development and health improvement, as outlined in the table below.
Public Health Medicine reaches beyond the usual boundaries of the healthcare system. Doctors in this specialty work in national government agencies, local community and voluntary organisations.
Domains of Public Health Medicine
|Health Protection||Health Service Development||Health Improvement|
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4|
|Training Level||Medical School||Intern Year||Basic Specialty Training in Medicine||Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine|
|Duration||4-6 years||1 year||2 years||4 years|
|Entry Process||Graduate or direct entry||Entry through the HSE Intern Match||Entry based on competitive interview||Entry based on competitive interview|
|Mandatory Examinations||As per curriculum||N/A||MRCPI||MFPHMI|
|Application Date||CAO process opens in November||Application process opens in October||Application process opens in December||Application process open in November|
|Programme Operated by:||Undergraduate Universities||Intern Networks||RCPI||RCPI|
The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Public Health Medicine is administered by the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI.