OPH Unpaid Post-Secondary Learner Placement Requests

For over 125 years, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has provided diverse public health programs and services designed to meet the health needs of individuals and communities in Ottawa’s urban, suburban and rural areas. OPH works to create equitable opportunities for health for all Ottawa’s 1 million residents, regardless of their age, income level, gender, ethnic background or any other social or economic reasons. Our bilingual services and programs are delivered in a variety of settings such as client homes, schools, clinics, workplaces, shelters, community facilities, long-term care and retirement homes. Protecting and promoting health and preventing disease is part of everything that we do.

OPH is committed to providing enriching learning experiences to students in order to build skills and knowledge for the next generation of public health professionals.

  1. Eligibility Criteria
  2. Unpaid Learner Placement Opportunities
  3. Application Process
  4. Placement Requirements
  5. Training Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

Placement opportunities are dependent on program capacity and availability.

To be eligible for an unpaid learner placement at Ottawa Public Health, the following must be fulfilled:

  • You are currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution in Ontario registered with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
  • Your placement must be a curriculum requirement for graduation from your academic program.
  • A formal student placement agreement between Ottawa Public Health and your school must be in place. Note: If there is no existing agreement in place, it may take on average 3 months to establish an agreement.
  • You must meet a series of requirements (e.g., immunization, police record – vulnerable sector check) to be eligible for placement. Your school is responsible for confirming compliance with these requirements prior to the start of the placement.

Unpaid Learner Placement Opportunities

We offer unpaid post-secondary learner placements in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to the following disciplines. Note that we are unable to offer placements in some disciplines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dental Hygiene

OPH offers observational experiences at its dental clinics for students enrolled at publicly funded colleges in Ottawa. Student should speak with their program’s clinical coordinator who will follow the established process to request placements for their students.

Master of Public Health

The following project opportunities are available for the Spring/Summer 202term. These opportunities are open to Master of Public Health students and Population Health Risk Assessment and Management students. 

To apply, complete the application process by end of day January 15, 2022 and indicate your projects of interest.  

Applications will be reviewed by the project leads. The OPH Student Placement Coordinator will contact you if you are selected for an interview. 

Medical Student Electives

  • OPH offers consecutive 4-week electives ONLY
  • Maximum 2 learners each month
  • Check calendar for available dates

NOTE: Must apply a least 3 months in advance of placement

Under the supervision of an Associate Medical Officer of Health, the student will assist with case management of positive COVID-19 individuals and contact tracing. Students will receive proper training and guidance.

Note: elective activities and assignments are subject to change depending on the priority at the time of the elective.

Medical students may also participate in:

  • weekly teaching sessions with the MOH and/or AMOHs and public health residents to discuss public health medicine and related issues
  • weekly Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program Academic Half Days at the University of Ottawa

Note: The student will not be involved in direct patient care during this elective.

To apply:

  1. University of Ottawa students
  2. Students enrolled at universities outside of Ottawa should apply through the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) portal
Medical student elective dates
  • September 7 to October 1, 2021
  • October 4 to 29, 2021
  • November 1 to 26, 2021
  • January 10 to February 4, 2022
  • February 7 to March 4, 2022
  • July – no electives
  • August – no electives
Medical Resident Electives and Rotations

OPH offers the following standard rotations for residents:

  • Public Health and Preventive Medicine – various rotations
  • Infectious Disease (Adult and Peds) – standard 1-month CD rotation

OPH may offer resident electives depending on fit and appropriateness of elective sought.

Please note:

  1. Placement opportunities are dependent on availability of the Medical Officer of Health or Associate Medical Officers of Health to supervise.
  2. Must apply a least 3 months in advance

To apply:

  1. University of Ottawa residents/fellows
  2. Residents/Fellows enrolled at universities outside of Ottawa should express interest to the PHPM Residency Program at the University of Ottawa
Nursing

We offer learner placement opportunities for the following nursing programs:

  • BScN
  • MScN
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-RN
  • Practical Nursing

University and College program coordinators must send their requests through the Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPnet) for consideration. Colleges and universities not registered with HSPnet, should follow the application process to request a placement.

Note: Priority for placements is given to learners from local institutions.

Nutrition and Dietetics

OPH offers placement opportunities for nutrition and dietetic interns. Processes to request placements have been established with some universities. Before applying for placement, students should speak with their program’s placement coordinator. The coordinator will follow the pre-established process to request placements for their students.

At this time, OPH is not offering practicum opportunities for students studying at post-secondary education institutions outside of Canada or the province of Ontario.

Application Process

Many academic institutions have program coordinators responsible for seeking and requesting placement opportunities for their students. While at others, it is the student’s responsibility to seek their own placement.

For placements in Nursing, program coordinators should send their request through HSPnet.

For students seeking their own placement:

1. Complete the OPH Unpaid Post-Secondary Learner Placement Application Form

2. Submit your completed form at least three months prior to the start date of your practicum.

Application Deadlines
Placement PeriodApplication Submission Deadline
Winter term (January to April) October 1
Spring/Summer term (May to August)

January 15 – For MPH

February 1 – Other disciplines

Fall term (September to December) June 1

3. Upload and send the following documents with your Placement Application Form:

  • Course outline/syllabus for the placement – not required for placements in medicine
  • Student evaluation tool for the placement – not required for placements in medicine
  • Curriculum vitae – for all Master and Graduate level practicums

The OPH Student Placement Coordinator will review your application and contact you should a suitable placement opportunity be available. The placement will be confirmed with the educational institution and/or the student. Please note: some placements may have a bilingualism and/or vehicle requirement.

Placement Requirements

The Educational Institution, before the beginning of the placement, must provide in writing that the students, residents, and fellows scheduled for placement meet the requirements listed below:

Police Record Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector

  • A valid and clear Police Record Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector dated within twelve (12) months of the start date of the educational experience.
  • Exception – University of Ottawa medical residents/fellows
    • For trainees who started before July 1, 2012 - The University will confirm in writing that as a requirement of registration and in order to maintain the right to practice medicine in Ontario, the resident/fellow has submitted to a criminal record screen in accordance with Policy #7-02 of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
    • For trainees who started on July 1, 2012 onward - The University will confirm in writing that as a requirement of registration and in order to maintain the right to practice medicine in Ontario, the resident/fellow has submitted to a criminal record screen in accordance with Policy #7-02 of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Also, the University will confirm that the resident/fellow has submitted to a Police Record Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector on admission to the Residency Program.
    • For trainees who started on July 1, 2012 onward and have been with the program for more than one year – the University will also confirm in writing that the resident/fellow has also completed annual Vulnerable Sector Police Check Self-Declaration form(s) as required by the University.

Immunization

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria: booster within last 10 years
  • Polio: childhood or adult primary series
  • MMR: 2 doses or serology with proof of  immunity for all three diseases if only one dose
  • Hepatitis B series: for learners with potential contact with blood, body fluids, sharps and/or blood contaminated items
  • Seasonal Influenza, current season
  • Varicella: history of disease, serology or vaccine
  • Pertussis: adult dose of acellular pertussis
  • COVID-19: full vaccination series of accepted vaccine. Final dose received at least 14 days ago.
  • Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) within the last year; (either two-step baseline TST or one-step TST if student has previously had a two-step TST)
    • Learners with positive TST – confirmation that the learner is asymptomatic 

College of Nurses of Ontario – Certificate of Registration

Post-RN, Masters in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner students

  • The Educational Institution will confirm in writing, that the student has a valid Certificate of Registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Act

  • Student - The Educational Institution will ensure and confirm WSIB coverage through the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities for the entire duration of the student’s placement at OPH.
  • Medical resident/Fellow - The Educational Institution/paymaster will confirm in writing that they will provide WSIB coverage for the learner for the entire duration of the learner’s placement at OPH.

Car and Insurance

  • Some placements may require the use of a motor vehicle. When applicable, proof of valid motor vehicle liability insurance will be requested. 

Training Requirements

All learners must complete mandatory e-learning modules including: Accessibility, Hand Hygiene, Workplace Health and Safety, etc. prior to commencing their placement. Information on how to access these and other modules will be provided once the placement is confirmed.

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