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Education & Training

The University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited Preventive Medicine Residency Program provides training in the specialty area of public health and general preventive medicine. The program is two years in duration and is open to applicants who have completed at least one year of postgraduate clinical training in a residency program accredited by the ACGME, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Comprehensive Experiences Benefit Residents

Through clinical experiences, didactic conferences, coursework, and a series of rotations based in local public health agencies, residents gain skills and experience in a range of areas, including:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community health
  • Disease surveillance
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Facets of population-based practice
  • Health systems management
  • Public health policy

In addition, residents learn and practice clinical prevention at the individual level, providing longitudinal care for a defined group of patients and participating in a range of available clinical electives including environmental health, reproductive health, travel medicine, chronic disease prevention and behavioral medicine.

Preventive Medicine Residency Requirements

In addition to active participation in rotations, residents must complete the following components of the Public Health Residency Program:

  • Completion of an Master of Public Health (MPH) or equivalent, including ACGME-required coursework
  • Attendance at didactic conferences, including categorical and combined family and preventive medicine
  • Regular participation in the longitudinal clinical experience, totaling at least two months/year
  • Completion of a longitudinal QI project
  • Completion of a primary longitudinal project, which can be fulfilled by the MPH Capstone Project

Completion of the program leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). Graduates of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at University Hospitals acquire a diverse skill set necessary to pursue a wide variety of career specializations, including positions in teaching or research, administration, public health departments, and population health.