The Oregon Health & Science University Preventive Medicine Residency Program is a fully accredited training program for physicians in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It provides two years of training in general public health and preventive medicine for physicians who have completed at least one year of ACGME-accredited clinical residency training.
The training involves both academic work toward the completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) and practice-based training at a number of practicum sites based on availability and resident interests. Tuition for the MPH degree is fully covered by the program.
The program currently has seven funded positions: 2 are reserved for joint Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine trainees, 2 are housed in the Portland Veterans Affairs Hospital (VA), and 3 policy-focused residents are assigned to a division of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
The MPH and Practicum educational experiences at Oregon Health & Science University are combined in the two-year program. Residents who do not hold an MPH will have a choice to enter one of two MPH tracks*: the OHSU Epidemiology and Biostatistics track or the Portland State University (PSU) Health Management and Policy track. The OHSU track offers a curriculum rich in biostatistics and epidemiology with some exposure to health services organization and administration, environmental health, occupational medicine, and social and behavioral influences on health. The Health Management and Policy track offers a curriculum in health systems organization, environmental health, principles of health behavior, health care economics, strategic management, organizational theory and behavior, health policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, and values and ethics in health services. Residents with an MPH are encouraged to take electives that meet their specific practice and career interests.
We also offer a combined Family Practice/Preventive Medicine residency program in cooperation with the Department of Family Medicine. Information about residency education at OHSU is available through the School of Medicine website. Information about careers in preventive medicine is available through the American Board of Preventive Medicine website.
The overall goal of the training program for each resident is board certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in the specialty of General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. A population-based medicine perspective is the framework of instruction employed to teach residents the skills necessary to become leaders, researchers, public health officials, quality assurance analysts, medical administrators, and policy makers. Our training program emphasizes applying evidence-based scientific knowledge and technical skills to disease prevention, health maintenance, and wellness promotion within communities and populations. Training goals include: proficiency in the skills of epidemiology, biostatistics, organizational administration, and health education; knowledge of environmental issues; and application of appropriate screening procedures. Residents can pursue specific areas of interest as well as gain exposure to public health and community medicine in a variety of ways at OHSU and in the larger Portland community. The residency experience is structured around a weekly didactic series that benefits from prominent guest speakers, resident-led discussions, journal club meetings, MMWR reviews, and discussion of topics geared to assist residents with board preparation.
*The MPH tracks are part of the Oregon MPH Program, which is accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health.