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Applicant Requirements

  • United States citizenship or possession of a green card permitting permanent residence in the United States.
  • Possession of an M.D. or D.O. degree
  • Possession of a California medical license (residents must have this license at the start of the residency).  For questions concerning California medical licenses, contact the Medical Board of California.
  • Successful completion of at least one year (PGY1) of supervised postgraduate training in a US accredited clinical residency program, preferably in a primary care specialty (e.g., Pediatrics, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or Transitional Year) although other types of internships are considered.
  • Acceptance into a California school of public health with which CDPH has an affiliation. These include the following schools from which you can obtain application information and materials through their admissions offices:

Department of Public Health Sciences,
School of Medicine,
University of California, Davis

One Shields Ave TB-168
Davis, CA 95616-8638
PHONE: 530-752-2793

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