Purpose and Mission

The University of Michigan School of Public Health houses one of the oldest Preventive Medicine Residency programs in the country, dating back to 1969.

The central mission of the School of Public Health's residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health is to train highly-qualified physicians for careers in clinical preventive medicine and public health.

The mission is accomplished through the provision of rigorous academic course work resulting in a Master of Public Health degree in one of the following core areas of public health:

  • General Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Health Management and Policy

This mission is also accomplished by the provision of broad practicum experiences with concentrations in applied epidemiology, public health practice, and clinical preventive medicine, which are typically provided for populations with high levels of unmet health care needs.

The Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and prepares physicians for board eligibility by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Laura Power

From Director, Laura Power, MD, MPH:

"The Preventive Medicine Residency is an incredible investment because it prepares you to do the kind of medicine you want to do. If you don't have one already, you earn an MPH in those two years, which significantly broadens your knowledge and skills as a physician leader. You develop an incredible network of connections with medical and public health practitioners, community leaders, and researchers. All of this grows your career potential exponentially."