School of Medicine Public Health Track

The Public Health Track provides medical students interested in public health careers or concerned about public health issues with focused training in public health research and practice skills within the four-year Integrated Medical Curriculum.

Public Health Track courses and activities guide students in developing knowledge, skills, and values regarding:

  • Structure and functions of public health systems
  • Physician’s role in public health practice
  • Evidence based public health planning
  • Public health research

All School of Medicine students are eligible to enroll in the Public Health Track. Dual enrollment in SOM tracks is permitted. Information on the other areas of scholarly concentration (tracks) can be found on the School of Medicine's site at SOM Track Programs

Program Completion

Medical students who successfully complete the track requirements earn the designation Scholar in Public Health. The scholar designation is noted on the medical school transcript and at the commencement ceremony.



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The Public Health Track curriculum is integrated into the four-year SOM curriculum and involves public health related practice and research electives, as well as participation in public health seminars and service projects, and completion of a scholarly project based on a public health experience.


  • PMCU 1050 Topics in Public Health     if you take between 1st and 2nd year )
  • PMCU 4017 Topics in Public Health     if you take between 3rd and 4th year )
    (Prereq: successful completion of year 1)
  • PMCU 4001 Public Health in the Community
    (Prereq: successful completion of year 2)
  • Choice of one additional elective approved for Public Health Track credit


  • Basic Sciences and Humanities Selective
    All medical students in year 4 must complete the Basic Sciences and Humanities Selective. Public Health Track students should enroll in PMCU 4016 Public Health Research to complete the BSHS requirement. Public Health Track students must submit a scholarly project that has an emphasis on public health.  Each student will be assigned a faculty mentor to oversee the project.  The Public Health Research selective is offered in periods 1-12.
  • Ambulatory Community Service
    All medical students in year 4 are required to take a 4-week clinical selective that takes place in a Texas community setting. Public Health Track students are required to prepare a report on a community health topic relevant to their clinic site during the ACS. Prior to the ACS experience, the site and report topic must be approved by the track director. The final report will be evaluated by a faculty member affiliated with the track.  More information about AC selective click here


  • Seminars
    Public Health Track students are expected to attend 16 seminars over the four years of medical school. The Public Health Seminar Series is held each month from 12-1 pm in 1.102 Mary Moody Northern. The PMCH Seminar Series is held every Thursday from 12-1 pm in 1.104 Ewing Hall.
  • Public Presentation of Scholarly Project
    Public Health Track students are strongly encouraged to present their scholarly work at the UTMB National Public Health Week Symposium or other local or national public health conferences.


SOM Public Health Track
Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

p. (409) 772-6635

Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH

Director, Public Health Track
p. (409) 772-2288

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