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​​General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program

General Preventive Medicine / Public Health Residency Program (PMRP) is a one or two-year program for physicians, in which participants obtain a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree within an affiliated California University followed by a training year within a local health department or a state department program mentored by a County Health Officer or public health physician. Residents will obtain knowledge and gain expertise in reducing the incidence and prevalence of disease, addressing health inequities and creating healthier communities in the state of California.

PMRP was established in 1980 in response to the California Conference of Local Health Officers' recognition of the need for physicians trained in public health practice. PMRP is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to provide a one or two-year program. The PMRP is affiliated with the University of California at Davis, Berkeley and Los Angeles MPH programs. 

The post-graduate (PG) Y2 training year is spent obtaining an MPH for those residents who do not already have one. Residents in their PGY3 training year work with experienced public health physician mentors to gain practical public health experience.

Funding is available for two residents to start the program in July 2018. Residents have been placed in varied local health departments for the PGY3 year; these include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sacramento, and Placer Counties. Geographic placements are dependent on many factors, including the preference of the resident. There are currently three residents in the PGY3 year who are gaining public health experience in San Francisco, Contra Costa and Solano County. 

Applicants who apply to the residency program should also plan to apply to an MPH program at one of the Universities with which CDPH has an affiliation: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, or UC Los Angeles. 

Upon completion of the training, physicians are eligible for board certification in the specialty of General Preventive Medicine/Public Health.  

This program and website are supported by the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Preventive Medicine Residency grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration.

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