Online Program

Competency-based training for Medical Officers of Health: A model of collaborative continuing professional development

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Maureen Dobbins, RN, PhD, McMaster University, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Katie Tulloch, MPH, McMaster University, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Ramona Kyabaggu, MSc, National Collaborting Centre for Methods and Tools, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Medical Officers of Health (MOH) play an important role as leaders, executive officers and expert consultants in the Canadian public health system. In 2008/9, an MOH Competencies Working Group, with the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada, developed a set of Minimum MOH Core Competencies to establish common roles and responsibilities across the country.

The Knowledge Translation in Public Health Medicine webinar series was created collaboratively by the National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health and the Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC), to support public health physicians in attaining and maintaining the MOH core competencies. 

In 2014/15, webinars focusing on eight priority topics in public health were conducted by the six (NCCs). The webinars were accredited by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program and were tailored to address identified competency gaps. The webinars were delivered collaboratively by a public health expert and a public health physician with practical experience on the topic. Activities to increase engagement and strengthen linkages between partnering organizations and physician stakeholders complemented the training.

Most research on collaborative CPD explores interprofessional team-based learning models with less known about how intrasectoral partners and stakeholders can collaborate on delivering continuing education. This presentation proposes a model for collaborative CPD from a public health workforce perspective. The model and its evaluation findings will provide a better understanding of how collaborative CPD can support public health workforce development needs. 

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate competency gaps, learning needs and preferences. Articulate a model of collaborative continuing professional development. Describe the accredited curriculum. List participant outcomes

Keyword(s): Professional Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Maureen Dobbins, RN PhD, is the Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT). As a professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University, her research focuses on knowledge translation (KT) among public health decision makers in Canada, including identified needs, barriers and facilitators affecting evidence use, and effective KT strategies. In addition to her role with NCCMT, she is also the Scientific Director of Health Evidence (
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.