Preventive Medicine Residency


Program Overview

The Preventive Medicine Residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a two-year training program in general public health and preventive medicine for physicians who have completed at least one year of ACGME-accredited clinical residency training. It is a collaborative effort of the OHSU School of Medicine, the OHSU/Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health, and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We also partner closely with the Oregon Health Authority (State public health) and the four major metropolitan Portland county health departments, as well as a number of community-based organizations, to provide rich training opportunities in clinical and population-based prevention and public health. The training particularly emphasizes applying evidence-based scientific knowledge and technical skills to prevention, health maintenance, and wellness promotion for individuals, populations, and communities.

The overall goals of the Program are to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to become leaders, researchers, and practitioners in prevention and public health, particularly in areas of quantitative methods, improvement science, and health policy. Residents can also pursue specific areas of interest in clinical and population prevention and public/community health in a variety of ways at OHSU and in the larger Portland community.To accomplish this we employ an individualized flexible structure of rotations or practicum assignments. Residents will be Board eligible in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health by the completion of their training.

About the Program

The program currently has a total of three positions, supported through a combination of OHSU and Veteran’s Affairs funds.

Over two years the training combines: (1) academic work to complete a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, (2) practice-based training in public health and prevention at a number of clinical and practicum sites, and (3) a robust weekly conference schedule for key topics in prevention, population health, policy, and improvement science.


Residents who do not have an MPH will choose between two MPH tracks in the OHSU/PSU School of Public Health:

  • Epidemiology [link], focused on quantitative methods applied to answering questions for research and public health practice. This track offers a curriculum rich in epidemiology, biostatistics and research with basic exposure to health services organization and administration, environmental health, research and public health ethics, and social and behavioral influences on health.
  • Health Management and Policy [link], focused on health policy, programs, and leadership in public health. This track offers a curriculum rich in health systems organization, health care economics, strategic management, organizational theory and behavior, and health policy, with basic exposure to epidemiology, biostatistics, health behaviors, environmental health, and public health ethics.

Other tracks may be available on a case-by-case basis to address resident-specific training goals and objectives.

Residents who have already completed an MPH will take MPH courses as indicated by a review of their transcript to fully complete the academic expectations of the Program. They will also be encouraged to take elective MPH courses that address their individual practice and career goals and objectives.

Clinical & Public Health Practicum Training

Residents spend a substantial amount of time at a variety of training sites within OHSU and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a number of governmental and non-governmental public health sites. These are strategically arranged for each resident to enhance progress on the clinical and population-based Preventive Medicine Milestones and to meet his/her individual training goals and objectives.

Weekly Didactic Sessions

Residents participate in weekly Thursday morning didactic sessions designed to cover key preventive medicine topics and to expose them to a range of professionals active in prevention and public health. These seminar-style sessions include: journal clubs; MMWR reviews; resident presentations on topics of interest; faculty presentations on informatics, improvement science, evidence-based medicine, and population health; guest presentations on current work relevant to prevention, public health, and health policy; and visit to various public health and occupational medicine sites.


Stipends and Benefits: Residents in the Program receive standard stipends indexed on PGY-level, as well as a robust benefit package.

MPH: The Program currently does not have funding for MPH course-work. Therefore, tuition for the MPH degree or supplemental MPH classes will be paid by the resident (with an Employee Tuition Benefit program to help offset the expense).

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and creating a community of inclusion is one of the six goals of OHSU’s strategic vision.  We honor, respect, embrace, and value the unique contributions of and perspectives of all employees, patients, students, volunteers and our local and global communities.  OHSU promotes, values, and nurtures an inclusive diverse environment through the work of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and OHSU Pride.


Program Coordinator – Hillary Regan