NZCPHM Training

Public Health Medicine Training


The NZCPHM administers the premier training programme for Public Health Medicine Specialists in New Zealand. The training programme is well respected and our graduates are in demand in New Zealand and internationally.

The training programme provides opportunities for registrars to develop their expertise in the practice of public health medicine. It offers teaching, guidance and development of core skills and professional attributes to prepare registrars for the variety of roles and challenges encountered in the workplace.

The Training Programme is accredited by the Medical Council of New Zealand and is delivered with funding from Health Workforce, a business unit of the Ministry of Health.

Content and Length of Training

The Training Programme comprises two stages:

  • Basic Training which includes the completion of a Master Public Health degree to the standard required by the College, as well as participation in other training activities. Basic Training comprises the first 16 months (full-time equivalent) of training.
  • Advanced Training, which is experiential learning undertaken by employment at approved training sites as well as participation in other relevant training activities outside the work site. Advanced Training is for 29 months (full-time equivalent).

Registrars with previous experience or training in Public Health Medicine may apply to the College for a reduction in training time.


Having successfully completed the Training Programme, Registrars are eligible to apply for Fellowship of the College and to apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for vocational registration in the scope of Public Health Medicine.


Link Resources to aid the development of Māori and Pacific public health competencies
Link Information for Potential PHM Registrars
Link Training Programme Graduate Profile
Skills, knowledge and opportunities available to graduates

Training Curriculum
The Curriculum provides a framework within which registrars, supervisors and external professional bodies can understand the knowledge, skills and professional attributes required of a Public Health Medicine Specialist


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