The UTMB Health General Preventive Medicine Residency program consists of several curricular components, including:

  • academic study
  • capstone or thesis project
  • mentored public health practice experience

Academic Study

Through a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree coordinated by the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UTMB, residents complete graduate level courses in:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health services management and administration
  • Environmental health
  • Clinical preventive services
  • Risk/hazard control and communication
  • Behavioral aspects of health

The Master of Public Health degree will satisfy the academic requirements set forth by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) for eligibility for the certifying examination and the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Practice Experience

Residents are afforded focused preventive medicine practicum opportunities to learn the application of concepts of preventive medicine and public health in various supervised settings such as hospitals, managed care organizations, health departments, government and non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations. Clinical experience will include participation in learning activities that relate to the current recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

Residents must complete a minimum of two months of direct patient care experience during each year of the program and a minimum of two months at a governmental public health agency prior to completing the program.

Rotations include:

  • Galveston County Health District (GCHD)
  • Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPH)
  • Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS)
  • South Texas Environmental Education & Research (STEER) program
  • Frontera de Salud program
  • St. Vincent’s Clinic (UTMB medically underserved clinic on Galveston Island)
  • Hope Clinic (serving under-served Asian community in Houston)
  • UTMB Health Tropical Medicine Clinic
  • UTMB Health Employee Health Clinic
  • various international rotations addressing global health and travel medicine.

Correctional medicine opportunities are available at various locations of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDC), and the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

Cancer prevention and control track rotations are available at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, American Cancer Society (ACS) local chapter and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Residents can also apply to attend the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention.

Residents are encouraged to apply for public health administrative opportunities at federal health agencies, including:

  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)  APTR rotations
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) APTR rotations
  • American College of Preventive Medicine Pfizer Practicum Rotation in Health Policy and Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Other Activities

Residents have the opportunity to concentrate and tailor training towards a variety of public health tracks including public health policy, correctional medicine, global and community health in underserved areas, cancer prevention and control, and administration and leadership in preventive medicine.

Residents are required to attend a public health/preventive medicine didactic conference such as the annual meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine in both years of training. 

Regular required activities:

  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • ACPM Board Review sessions
  • Grand Rounds
  • GME Today modules

Additional activities:

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