How it Works

Family & Preventive Medicine logoResidents who do not hold an MPH will enter one of two MPH tracks in the Oregon MPH Program:  The Health Management and Policy track at Portland State University (PSU) or the Epidemiology and Biostatistics track at OHSU.  The PSU Health Management and Policy track focuses on health policy, strategic management, healthcare quality, program evaluation and leadership.  The OHSU track focuses on developing quantitative epidemiologic skills for application in research or practice.  Residents take core courses in both programs to round out their education.  Those who already hold an MPH are encouraged to take electives that meet their specific practice and career needs. Explore the tracks and specific course options here.

The first year of residency is dedicated to Family Medicine.  In the second and third years, residents integrate Family Medicine training and the MPH curriculum.  The fourth year is devoted to MPH coursework and a Preventive Medicine practicum experience that helps residents apply that course work and to develop real-world experience in health policy and public health.

Training occurs in university and community settings with excellence in patient care, population-based medicine, teaching and research.  Portland and Oregon provide a wealth of practicum opportunities in organizations such as state health policy research, local health departments and state public health divisions.  At the end of four years, graduates have completed their MPH and are board eligible in both Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine.

Application process

Those applying to the Family & Preventive Medicine Residency program should complete the standard applicationAdditional Personal Statement Criteria for these candidates includes responses to both of the following questions: 

  • OHSU’s Family Medicine Residency moved to a 4-year program in 2012. Explain why you want to pursue both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residency training? Why would you prefer this program over OHSU’s other 4-year options?
  • What are your career goals and how will this dual residency program help you attain those goals?

Please include responses to these questions in your personal statement or email them directly to Heather Sturgill.

Most candidates who are interested in this type of dual training are very familiar with Family Medicine, its breadth and depth. However, the specialty of Preventive Medicine is often less familiar. It is also a broad field, but with a focus on population health. Physicians in the specialty can focus on anything from health policy to prevention at the individual patient level. Our Preventive Medicine residency is in the specialty of Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.