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    Preventive Medicine Residency
    Mail Code: 1864
    1100 W. 49th St.
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-3750
    Fax: 512-776-2822


About the Public Health Residency Program

The Preventive Medicine Residency at the Texas Department of State Health Services provides hands-on experience in public health and population medicine at the local, regional, and state levels. Trainees receive the comprehensive and experiential training necessary to excel in the field of public health and population-based preventive medicine through the resources of our health department and our excellent external partners. Our program prioritizes the keys of leadership, policy development, and clinical skills necessary to promote health, prevent disease, and improve population wellness.

Mission Statement and Educational Goals

The DSHS Preventive Medicine Residency prepares physicians for a successful preventive medicine career. The curriculum and training experiences enable the resident to reach the overall program educational goals:

  1. Achieve core and preventive medicine specialty competencies necessary for effective practice;
  2. Master subject matter pertaining to the scope of public health and preventive medicine duties of DSHS; and
  3. Attain board certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our Preventive Medicine Residency at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Whether at the local, state or federal levels, we exist to develop the next generation of population-based, public health leaders. We accomplish this in the first year through the MPH and didactics focusing on foundational knowledge needed to lead public health agencies and population-based programs. This knowledgebase includes learning the sciences of behavioral health, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health systems management, prevention of infectious and chronic diseases, and USPSTF prevention guidelines.

In the second year, we give you a broad-based rotational experience allowing you to apply and enhance the skills gained during the first year. Examples include preventive medicine chronic disease prevention, communicable disease prevention and management, emergency preparedness, family and community health services, environmental and consumer safety and mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Throughout the two years we focus on the development of communication and leadership skills, health disparities, health equity and social determinants of health, skills in evidence-based literature review, quality improvement skills and the application of population-based medicine at the community level.

The training you will receive here is exceptional as we are one of just a handful of residencies housed within a state health department. Why not learn public health from individuals practicing public health daily? Thank you for exploring our program, and we hope you choose to experience your residency in our great state.

Peter W. Pendergrass, MD, MPH
Program Director, Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency
Texas Department of State Health Services

Last updated January 8, 2021