Curriculum Overview

We provide broad-based training and educational experiences in preventive medicine through both an academic and a practicum phase.

Throughout the two-year period, you will develop a firm knowledge base in epidemiology, biostatistics, medical care organization, health behavior, environmental health, occupational health, principles of public health practice and managerial medicine. You will actively participate in projects using epidemiologic methods and biostatistics; develop grant writing, program planning and evaluation skills; and apply quality improvement methods in health care programs.

Academic Phase

Practicum Phase

  • Supervised clinical practice experiences in a variety of settings including:
    • Primary care clinics
    • Public health and prevention programs in a local health departments as well as other facilities and agencies
  • Opportunities for involvement in research
  • Community engagement through experiences at health departments, a managed care organization and prevention-oriented clinical practice settings as well as with neighboring communities

Scheduling Overview

View examples of training schedules for year one and year two of the preventive medicine training.


As a resident, you are permitted 20 vacation days throughout the course of each post-graduate year (PGY). To avoid interference with coursework, we recommend that you plan vacation days during the winter semester break (December-January) and just after the end of spring semester (end of May).

Evenings and Weekends

While preventive medicine residents do not take call shifts and weekends are generally free, you may need to use this time during semesters for coursework and research projects. Some master’s courses do meet on weekday evenings.

Internal Medicine Rotations During Preventive Medicine Training

The internal medicine residency provides the first two years of training of the four-year, combined internal medicine-preventive medicine program. These two years will include internal medicine rotations, including on inpatient services and intensive care units.

During the following two-year training period devoted to preventive medicine, you will also need to complete a four-week rotation in an inpatient setting at the end of PGY-3 or during PGY-4.