The MSM Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency (PMR) Program is a two-year program that offers residents the opportunity to integrate a practicum with academic work towards the degree of the online Executive Master of Public Health (eM.P.H.).  Residents spend a total of two years completing the intermeshed academic and practicum year requirements at MSM.  Both the academic and practicum programs have been designed with enough scheduling flexibility to accommodate dual enrollment of residents.

Please see the preventive medicine specialty requirements.

Please see the sample rotation schedules for more information.

Practicum Components

The practicum component of the Morehouse in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency Program is comprised of seven (7) rotations and weekly half-day clinical assignments. Five (5) of the eight (8) rotations correspond to the five (5) major component areas of preventive medicine and are required of all residents regardless of degree status:

  • Epidemiology/Biostatistics Part 1 (Epidemiologic Study)
  • Epidemiology/Biostatistics Part 2 (Outbreak Investigations & Surveillance)
  • Health Administration/Management/Policy
  • Environmental and Occupational health
  • Clinical Preventive Medicine
  • Longitudinal Social/Cultural/Behavioral Determinants of Health


  • Special Studies & Major Area of Concentration
    The Special Studies and Major Area of Concentration electives allow residents to acquire additional knowledge and skills in one (1) of the five (5) component areas of public health.

  • Health Policy & Advocacy - This rotation provides learners with knowledge of the policymaking process and the leadership skills needed to develop meaningful community partnerships and to inform policies to improve the health of their patients and communities.
The following rotations are available to residents who enter the program with the MPH degree:
  • Clinical Preventive Medicine II
  • Special Studies II
  • Major Area of Concentration II
These rotations allow for an individualized program while ensuring that each resident encounters a core of basic learning opportunities. In some areas, residents help to develop competencies as part of the learning experience.Clinical Activities
Residents engage in direct patient care throughout the residency during the weekly clinic assignments and through the completion of the Clinical Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine Rotations listed above. 

 Academic Components

Residents who enter the program without the MPH degree must complete the online Master of Public Health Program (eMHP) that is provided through the Morehouse School of Medicine Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. This program trains public health professionals in the public health theory that supports the social mission of MSM.The list below includes the courses to be completed by PH/PM residents.
    • Fundamentals of Public Health
    • Research Methods
    • Cancer Epidemiology
    • Introduction to Cancer Prevention and Control
    • Health Program Planning and Evaluation
    • Biostatistics
    • Health Administration, Management, and Policy
    • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Financial Management for Healthcare Professionals
    • Introduction to Environmental Health
    • Advanced Epidemiology
    • Multivariate Analysis
    • Clinical Preventive Medicine and Population Health
    • Environmental Risk Hazard and Control
    • eMPH 690- Applied Practice Experience
    • eMPH 691- Integrated Learning Experience

Quality Improvement (QI) Requirements

Residents develop proficiency in QI knowledge and skills through participation in didactic sessions focused on the fundamentals of patient safety and quality improvement, through the development and implementation of a quality improvement project at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Healthcare Center or a program-affiliated clinical site and through attendance at MSM patient safety and quality improvement lectures.

Additional educational requirements are listed below

  1. An elective in one of the core component areas of preventive medicine.
  2. Weekly didactic sessions covering various topics in public health and preventive medicine.

Special Areas of Training

This program offers additional areas of specialized training in public health and preventive medicine with a concentration in the area of cancer control & prevention research and maternal health.