Students at PHO

Students are the future of public health. At PHO, we are committed to building capacity and knowledge for the next generation of public health professionals. We are proud to provide an enriched and engaging learning environment that builds and strengthens knowledge and skills and to offer experiences that span a variety of public health areas.

Student Placements

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. Placement opportunities are only available to students who are currently enrolled in an academic program and are required to complete a practicum or training placement to fulfill program requirements.

At PHO, students gain practical experience in public health through hands-on practicums and research placements. We help students define and meet specific program objectives, as well as their own personal learning goals.

Students are able to explore opportunities for career development through:

  • informal networking with PHO staff
  • mentoring
  • PHO Rounds and other events, such as our annual Summer Student Day


Accessing PHO Careers Portal

In order to apply for a job at PHO, you will need to create a login using the link below to access our current job postings. This is a different login than your MyPHO account.

Need additional help accessing our current opportunities or applying for a job? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Student Placement, Education and Preceptor Network (SPEP)

In addition to supporting student placements, we also support preceptors in public health units across the province. 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.  

Are you a preceptor? We have identified some resources that may be helpful to you:

For more information about SPEP, contact

Student Voice Newsletter

Interested in what students have to say about their research and practicum experience at PHO? Explore our Student Voice Newsletter, which features our students and their work.

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Students @ PHO

Updated 13 July 2020