What is a Public Health Inspector?

Public Health Inspectors are empowered under legislation to protect the health of the public. In carrying out their duties, Public Health Inspectors interact directly with the public, industry and various agencies to ensure that Canadians are protected from health risks such as infectious diseases, chemical contaminants and physical hazards. Public Health Inspectors duties include inspections, consultations, health education, complaint investigations, risk assessments and enforcement work.

What do you need to become a Public Health Inspector?

Public Health Inspectors need to obtain and maintain certification with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. In order to certify, individuals need to have completed a recognized baccalaureate degree in public health or a related field from board of certification-approved universities. These programs typically take four years to complete and have a practicum component of at least 12 weeks. After the practicum training period, candidates submit written reports and must pass a national oral examination to qualify for the Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada), granted by the Board of Certification of Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

In what areas do Public Health Inspectors work?

As part of their work, Public Health Inspectors are inspecting places in the community like restaurants, long-term care facilities, daycares, personal service facilities (salons and tattoo parlours), and public pools and spas. Public Health Inspectors collaborate with other inspectors, managers, administrative staff, medical officers, communications advisors, physicians and other health care professionals and agencies to ensure high standards of public health and awareness of public health issues.

What is the best part about being a Public Health Inspector?

The best part about being a Public Health Inspector is the opportunity to work independently in many diverse and complex program areas, especially in a rural health unit.

What is the most challenging part about being a Public Health Inspector?

The most challenging part of being a Public Health Inspector is working with repeat offenders, regulation interpretation, and finding the right balance between education and enforcement.

Thinking about becoming a Public Health Inspector?

If you are passionate about public health, it’s a great fit.