General Preventive Medicine / Public Health Residency Program (PMRP)
The General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program (PMRP) is a two-year program for physicians, in which they complete a year of public health education within an affiliated California School of Public Health program followed by a full 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, diminish health inequities and create 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 two year program which leads to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and public health experience within a local and/or state health department. The PMRP is affiliated with three California Public Health programs: University of California at Davis, Berkeley and Los Angeles.
The PGY2 training year is spent obtraining an MPH. Recent MPH have been obtained at UC Davis MPH program. Residents in their PGY3 training year work with experienced public health physician mentors to gain practical public health experience. Recent preceptors have included the Medical Director, California Department of Health Care Services, and the Public Health Officer of the County of Sacramento. Recent clinical experience over the two year program has been at the Davis CommuniCare Clinic.
Two areas of emphasis of the PMRP are Health Equity and Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation.
Opportunities are available for residents to concentrate on addressing health inequities in California's disadvantaged and underserved populations. The resident will focus on health equity throughout the MPH courses of their PGY2 year and the public health experience during their PGY3 year.
General Preventive Medicine (PM) physicians are well-poised to influence effective implementation of the ACA, and PGY3 training opportunities are available to develop these skill-sets. Areas in which PM physicians may be influential include leveraging required community health needs assessments for community planning and resource allocation; guiding use of health information technology to promote health and health care quality; monitoring health status of vulnerable populations and gaps in coverage to inform planning and public policy; partnering with health systems on use of clinical guidelines and community resources; promoting a framework for understanding and measuring health inequities in order to impact both the medical and social determinants of health; and quantifying the return on investment of population-based public health.
If you would like to pursue either of these topic areas, please submit an application demonstrative of your interest.
The preferred program for MPH coursework is the University of California, Davis. Applicants who apply to the residency program should also plan to apply to the UC Davis MPH program.
Upon completion of the training, physicians are eligible for board certification in the specialty of General Preventive Medicine/Public Health. Click here for details on the Preventive Medicine Residency Program (Pdf).
This program and website are supported by the Preventive Health Service Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.