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NEW! Preventive Medicine Residency Program Public Health Priorities Track

CDPH Preventive Medicine Residency Program (PMRP) is excited to announce the creation of a new residency track focused on public health priorities (PDF). The Public Health Priorities Track will enroll one to two physicians each year who are interested in a public-sector career addressing public health, as well as achieving health equity in disadvantaged and underserved communities of California.  

Residents in the Public Health Priorities Track will receive training in the areas of childhood obesity, mental health, opioid abuse, emergency preparedness, health disparities, and social determinants of health. Training will involve both didactic sessions and project-based experiential learning opportunities. The selected topic areas have been prioritized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Health Resources and Services Administration, which provides funding for the Public Health Priorities Track.

According to CDPH PMRP Program Director Dr. Caroline Peck, "The new Public Health Priorities Track is a perfect fit for CDPH's preventive medicine residency program because our program is already focused on training physicians to work in public health. Now our residents will get even more training on how to tackle some of the biggest public health issues that California communities currently face."

As in the CDPH PMRP traditional track, residents in the Public Health Priorities Track will earn a Master of Public Health degree during their first year of training and spend the majority of their second year of training working closely with an experienced local health department preceptor on projects impacting the health of their local community. For Public Health Priorities Track residents, these projects will address one or more of the topic areas above.

We particularly encourage individuals who are underrepresented minorities and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.

If you are interested in learning more about or applying to participate in the Public Health Priorities Track, please contact PMRP staff for more information. 

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