Public Health

Welcome to the Yorkshire and Humber School of Public Health We are a dynamic, friendly, and supportive speciality school delivering high quality, comprehensive training for individuals wishing to become Consultants in Public Health.

The whole school is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we have reviewed our approach to this recently. We want to help more people with varied experiences, backgrounds and ideas thrive as future leaders and do our part to tackle the systemic injustices that make it harder for brilliant people to contribute as leaders.

Our school is based in Leeds, but we provide training opportunities across the whole of the North, East, South and West Yorkshire, incorporating large cities, smaller towns, and rural settings, and including populations of significant affluence and marked deprivation. Our registrars gain public health experience within many settings, including local authorities, national and local NHS organisations, academic institutions, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID). We also support more diverse training opportunities, reflecting the expanding role of public health across different organisations. We currently have 38 registrars on our training programme.

To find out more about some of our current trainees, click here. To hear from some of our Educational Supervisors, please click here. Each educational supervisor brings their considerable and diverse experience which helps to ensure that all our registrars benefit from only the best training experiences.

Our website provides useful information for anyone interested or involved in public health training in Yorkshire and Humber. The pages in the Public Health Menu above provide more details about the school, recruitment, and training, as well as links to other information sources. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please let us know  let us know.

Enhancing Equitable Access to Public Health: Join Our Drop-In Sessions!

Experience the power of connection in our Registrar Drop-In Sessions! Designed to level the playing field, these sessions aim to make access to Public Health more equitable. Feedback from previous applicants highlights the immense value of connecting with individuals already working in the field.

No registration process required. We encourage all attendees to explore the wealth of online resources available on our website beforehand. These sessions are not intended for interview process details or career advice. Instead, they offer general insights into the experiences of working in Public Health, recreating the invaluable 'corridor conversations' with colleagues.

Continuous improvement is our dedication for Registrar Drop-In Sessions. Your timely feedback is crucial in enhancing their quality and value. We actively seek meaningful insights to refine and improve the sessions. Together, let's make them even better!

After attending a session, we invite you to provide your feedback. Your input will play a vital role in shaping future sessions, making them even more beneficial for all participants. We appreciate your valuable contributions as we work together to create an exceptional learning experience in Public Health.

Dates for drop in sessions:

Wed 8 Nov 3-5pm

Click here to join the session (only available during above times)

Open Day for Public Health Registrar Recruitment October 2023

slides are available here -

You can scroll through the video to hear about the experiences of our Registrars and Consultants:

00:00 – Introduction from Val Barker – Head of the School of Public Health and Visiting chair in Public Health at the University of Leeds

02:40 – The School of Public Health’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

08:08 –  Introduction to the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health workforce development programme

09:32 – Introduction to Population Health Fellowships & The Foundation Programme in Public Health 

11:14 – Routes into Public Health practice

12:05 – Opportunities in the Local Authority (council), Carrie Abbott – Service Director, Barnsley Public Health & Communities Directorate - Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

22:38 – Chris Sharp – Workforce Development Manager - OHID (office of Health Improvement and Disparities)

28:35 – Public Health and Academia – Michelle Black, Public Health Registrar

38:12 – Opportunities in the NHS – Andy Snell, Consultant in Public Health for Barnsley Hospital & Barnsley Council

48:40 – ‘Experiences as a Public Health Registrar’ – Helen Watson

1:03:11 – Simon Padfield – Lead Consultant in Health Protection - UKHSA (United Kingdom Health Security Agency)

1:11:35 – The application process – Meigan Oxley & Connie Hobbs, Public Health Registrars

1:31:21 – Question and Answer Session and close (30 mins)


Ms Val Barker FFPH

Head of School of Public Health Yorkshire & Humber

Visiting Chair in Public Health - University of Leeds

Recruitment is managed nationally via East Midlands and all enquiries are via email: or see their website  

An FAQ document is available here

The Faculty of Public Health provides a wealth of information and is the best place to find out about the application process. The Yorkshire and Humber region usually holds it's recruitment event every October, ahead of the application process opening in November through Oriel. Please contact us if you wish to be on the circulation list for the next event.

Please ​review all three sections in the Recruitment and Retention part of this website 

Please watch this Introduction to Public Health video by the Wessex Deanery