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Students @ PHO

Interested in student placements? 

For more information, see the work our students do through our ​annual Student Voice newsletter​. 


Today's students are the future of public health. Public Health Ontario is committed to ​building capacity and knowledge for the next generation of public health professionals. We are proud to provide an enriched and engaging educational environment that builds and strengthens knowledge and skills, and to offer experiences that span a variety of public health areas. We also support preceptors in public health units across the province.

We offer a range of student placements throughout the year, from programs such as masters of public health, medical lab technology, health sciences, health informatics and medicine. Learning and developing skills through hands-on practicums and research placements gives students the opportunity to gain work experience and knowledge to further their careers in public health.

Each student placement is unique, and we help each student meet specific program objectives as well as personal learning goals. Students have many opportunities for development, including informal networking with PHO staff, mentoring, communications skills, PHO Rounds and other events, and career exploration. Our annual Summer Student Day is a highlight for students and PHO preceptors, enabling students to meet and interact with senior public health professionals and share ideas. Additionally, PHO is launching a student mentoring program in May 2017. Students completing a placement longer than one month will have the opportunity to be mentored by a PHO staff member for the course of their placement.

To find out more about PHO’s student placement opportunities please contact your academic institution or visit the Student Training and Opportunities webpage.

Student Opportunities


PHO defines a student as “an individual who is currently enrolled in an academic program that requires completion of a placement (paid or not).”

To see what positions are available, check out the Student Training and Opportunities web page, and contact if you have any questions.

Student Placement, Education and Preceptor Network (SPEP)


The SPEP Network supports health unit staff across Ontario who are involved in student placements and development. The overall goal of the SPEP Network is to strengthen the public health workforce by supporting student placements, student education and preceptor learning and development.  For more information on the network, please contact


Student Voice Newsletter


Students at PHO contribute to a yearly newsletter highlighting their practicum research projects. Check out the recent editions of the newsletter to get an understanding of the types of research projects and experiences PHO offers to students.

Preceptor Support


The role of the preceptor is vital to student success.  The SPEP network has identified some resources to support preceptors:

​Please contact if you have any questions or would like to get involved.
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