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What is the Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC)?
  • The Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) represents the interests of public health and preventive medicine specialists and public health physicians in Canada. With almost 200 members, PHPC is the unique and vibrant voice for public health and preventive medicine specialists/public health physicians and continues to grow each year in membership.
What is public health and preventive medicine?
  • According to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, public health and preventive medicine is the branch of medicine concerned with the health of populations. The public health and preventive medicine specialist uses population health knowledge and skills to play leading and collaborative roles in the maintenance and improvement of the health and well being of the community. Through inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral partnerships, the public health and preventive medicine specialist measures the health needs of populations and develops strategies for improving health and well being, through health promotion, disease prevention and health protection.

Who belongs to PHPC?
  • PHPC has a membership of approximately 200 public health and preventive medicine specialists and public health physicians from across Canada. PHPC has seven classes of membership. Of these, the Active, Associate and Resident membership categories make up the main audience for the development of CPD initiatives and tools. They are described below.

Active Member
  • A graduate of a Canadian medical school or equivalent, with either a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Fellowship or a Quebec certificate in public health and preventive medicine or community medicine (or equivalent) and licensed by a Canadian licensing authority to practice medicine. Active Members must also be engaged in practice related to public health and preventive medicine or otherwise show an active and primary interest in the field of public health and preventive medicine and conform to PHPC standards. Active Members have the right to participate in all PHPC meetings, hold any office and vote.
Associate Member
  • A graduate of a Canadian medical school or equivalent, with a graduate education in public health and preventive medicine, community health or a relevant field, licensed by a Canadian licensing authority to practice medicine, and engaged in a practice related to public health and preventive medicine or otherwise show an active interest in the field and conform to PHPC standards. Associate Members have the right to participate in all meetings of the Society but cannot hold office or vote.

Resident Member
  • In a training program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent, in a field related to public health and preventive medicine. Resident Members have the right to participate in all meetings of the Society, vote for and serve as the Resident Member on Council.

What does PHPC do?
  • PHPC was established as the National Specialty Society for Community Medicine (NSSCM) in 1998 and promotes the inclusion of a population and public health perspective in the development and implementation of health policy. Its objectives include:
    • Supporting high standards of training and education for public health and preventive medicine specialists and public health physicians;
    • Promoting the role of the public health and preventive medicine specialist and public health physician to the public, other health providers, governments and national organizations.

How is PHPC governed, staffed and funded?
  • PHPC is managed and administered by a Council of at least six persons comprising the Officers of the Society (President, President-Elect or Past-President, Secretary and a Treasurer or a Secretary-Treasurer), a Resident Member elected by the Resident Members of the Society, and at least two but no more than four other members from active membership, called Councillors. The Council operates with several committees (as appointed by the President on the advice of the Council). The Chairs of these committees may be invited to report to Council but shall not have the right to vote at meetings of Council. The PHPC also has several committees developed to report on partnerships or affiliations with other organizations and task forces. 
Currently, the PHPC does not employ any paid staff but has the unique opportunity to work with the Canadian Public Health Association who acts as the secretariat for the Society. This partnership has afforded the PHPC the opportunity to strengthen its business lines and drive the Society towards future growth.
At present, all PHPC funds are generated through membership fees and the job placement service they provide across Canada.
Where is PHPC located?
  • PHPC is housed through their secretariat, CPHA, and can be contacted as follows:
Public Health Physicians of Canada
404-1525 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Z 8R9

(613) 725-9510 (voice mail only)
phpc@cpha.ca
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