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Program Information

Our Goal

The overall goal of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program is to train physicians to practice public health and preventive medicine competently and independently. The program prepares residents for careers in various settings, including public health, research, and academic preventive medicine.

Video Overview of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program


  1. To assess the burden of diseases, adverse health outcomes, and health disparities in human populations and how to reduce them and promote health through research, education, and service. 
  2. To acquire broad knowledge about potential public health threats and hazards and how to apply such knowledge when dealing with individuals and populations. 
  3. To develop effective verbal and written communication skills for addressing the public and lawmakers and in teaching or teaming with other health professionals.
  4. To learn how to use the latest scientific information available and apply recommended guidelines and evidence-based information in solving public health problems.
  5. To learn how the US health services system is organized, managed, financed, and evaluated.
  6. To address the health needs and problems of diverse populations and understand the social, economic, cultural, and individual barriers to better health.
  7. To recognize cultural diversity and ethical issues and their impact on the implementation of preventive measures.
  8. To become familiar with public health infrastructure, capabilities and limitations and how to use available resources to address the health of a community.
  9. To apply Epidemiology concepts to medical care delivery with an emphasis on population health, social determinants and global health.
  10. To learn about complementary and alternative approaches available to better patient care, and the benefit of taking a holistic approach to patient care.

HRSA Training Grant
Maternal and Child Health

Primary Goal

Increase the number of primary care physicians trained in population health with a focus on maternal health outcomes


Develop partnerships between academia, primary care delivery sites or systems, and community-based organizations to carry out education and training programs for primary care physicians who desire additional competencies and experiences in community prevention.

Educate and train primary care residents (who are board-eligible or board-certified in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics) to broaden their scope of services in community prevention and maternal health care.

Demonstrate how outcomes in maternal health can be improved through adoption of community prevention training in primary care training and practice


Requirement for practicum rotation at Maryland Department of Health Maternal and Child Health Bureau with participation in statewide maternal mortality review.
Options for maternal-health related projects at UMMC, VAMC, local health departments, federal agencies, and clinical work in Women’s Health