PHAC’s Canadian Field Epidemiology Program (CFEP) builds Canada’s public health capacity. The program trains public health professionals in applied epidemiology—the specialized techniques and competencies required to respond to diverse public health issues in real-life settings.
It also mobilizes field epidemiologists anywhere they are needed within Canada or around the world, supporting public health organizations as they respond to urgent public health events.
Finally, the program creates and nourishes a vibrant network of public health professionals to promote the sharing of ideas, insights and information.
CFEP accepts two streams of applicants for training: EC-05 and MD-MOF-01. EC-05 applicants must have a master’s degree in epidemiology or public health or a related discipline. MD-MOF-01 applicants must have a degree from a recognized school of medicine and be eligible to practice medicine in a Canadian province or territory.
Note: Doctors of veterinary medicine and foreign medical graduates without a license to practice medicine in Canada must apply to the EC-05 stream.
All applicants must be fluent in English (French is an asset) and have:
Field epidemiologists in the program spend two years as full-time employees of PHAC, although they work and learn at placement sites within a provincial, territorial, regional or local government department or public health agency. Placement sites provide the infrastructure, opportunities and mentoring needed to meet program requirements.
Participants collaborate on field investigations away from their placement site; these investigations typically last for several weeks and often involve evening and weekend work.
In addition to this on-the-job experience, field epidemiologists in the program attend conferences, workshops and classroom sessions. During the program, they must complete the following nine professional experience guidelines (PEGs):
CFEP is also a partner in the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) and occasionally responds to requests from the WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). As a result of these connections, CFEP participants may have the opportunity to present their work at international conferences and to help on investigations outside Canada.
Applications are accepted only through the Public Service Commission (PSC), website. Search for jobs in the EC05, MD01 or MOF01 classifications and in the “national capital and eastern Ontario” region.
New positions are posted on the PSC site annually. Each job poster will include details on the application process and deadlines, which are usually September 30 of the year before entry to the program.