The DSHS Preventive Medicine - Public Health Residency Program is a two-year practicum that constitutes the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years of a three-year residency. The entering physician must have completed a PGY-1 preliminary or transitional residency year prior to starting the program (this Residency does not offer the PGY-1 training). The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education fully accredits the residency program. Graduates of the program are eligible for Board Certification in Public Health/Preventive Medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
During the program, the resident must continue the process of assimilating the vast store of knowledge concerning the practice of preventive medicine and public health. This includes, but is not limited to, basic and advanced courses in the following:
- Social and Behavioral Influences on Health
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health Services Management and Administration
- Clinical Preventive Services
- Risk Control and Communication
A MPH (Master of Public Health) degree is required to complete the residency program. Residents who do not possess an MPH (or equivalent degree) prior to the start of the program must obtain an MPH to graduate. If a resident requires an MPH, the program will provide an educational stipend to reimburse the costs for attending an accredited Texas School of Public Health only. The resident will cover any costs that exceed a maximum stipend of $15,000.
Residents also participate in didactic training related to core and specialty competencies through formal courses presented by agencies at state and national levels.