The training

Duration: 8 weeks

The objective of the training course, as defined in the INTEFP-EHESP training agreement, is to reshape and harmonise the practice of regional occupational doctors in the public health area, in light of the new missions with which they have been entrusted.
The training course must permit them to:

  • Acquire the fundamentals of public health (concepts, players, issues, methods) needed to develop their new missions,
  • Gather the relevant indicators to assess the health of the working population
  • Carry out a diagnostic assessment of the territory with other public health physicians and work in tandem with them.

Training consists of:

  • Theoretical elements: fundamentals of public health, identification of the strategic issues that permit regional occupational physicians to participate in healthcare policy,
  • “Learn and apply” training approach by which theory is immediately applied in tutorials about topics directly related to the theme of “workplace health”.

80% of the course is the same as that taught to public health medical inspectors. 5 or 6 seminars are held at the EHESP during the year.

Training consists of 6 teaching units completed by a workshop and two roundtables:

  • Organisation of health systems in France and Europe
  • Institutional and legal framework within which health and social welfare protection operates
  • Epidemiology and applied statistics
  • Public health policy in France and Europe
  • Evaluation process applied to public actions
  • Professional communication
  • Workshop on project approach
  • “Health in the workplace” roundtable
  • “Review of regulations” roundtable

Several teaching units are eligible for ECTS credits with a view to obtaining a qualification.


Within the context of professional development, the training course is aimed at regional occupational physicians who are taking up post.

To find out more about the job

  • DRT (Labour Relations Directorate) circular no. 96-6 of 17 April 1996 concerning the role and functions of the occupational medicine inspectorate at regional level
  • DRT-DAGEMO (responsible for general administration and modernisation of services) circular no. 2001-06 of 5 November 2001 concerning occupational medicine inspectorate organisation, operation, and resources

The job

Occupational physicians perform a preventative function: the protection of employees while at their place of work. He or she is involved in 5 different areas:


Assists the activities of the devolved administrations and is closely associated with:

  • Guiding regional risk prevention policy,
  • Preparation of the programmes, instructions and documents justifying the implementation of the policy,
  • Outlining priorities,
  • Promotion and evaluation of these actions


He or she assists the Regional Director of Labour, Employment and Vocational Training in applying legislative and regulatory provisions relating to occupational medicine. The occupational physicians also assists with the regional commissions on occupational medicine and the regional committee for the coordination of risk prevention. He or she may also be called upon by the Regional Director of Labour, Employment and Vocational Training to assist with the preparation and implementation of objectives agreements.


He or she performs a “technical support role for the labour inspectorate, workplace health and employment services and the COTOREP” (Technical Occupational Counselling and Redeployment Commission). In this context, he or she plays a role in advising, motivating, informing and educating occupational health officers.


Carries out specific missions within the context of public welfare establishments, bodies subject to articles 717 of the code rural, and the social welfare code (regional technical committees), mines and quarries. The occupational physician is called upon to assist with the identification of occupational diseases within the framework of the regional committees for the recognition of occupational diseases (CRRMP).

Research and health surveillance

He or she works alongside the Health Surveillance Institute for the benefit of workers. He or she coordinates research, studies and inquiries of an epidemiological nature. He also contributes to the setting up of regional networks of experts and coordinates the surveillance activities of occupational health officers.

The order of 28 December 1994 completed by the circular of 17 April 1996 and the circular of 5 November 2001 specifies the missions of the regional occupational physician.


Office responsible for occupational physician training
Tél : + 33 (0) 2 99 02 27 09

Published on 26 June 2008