Skip Navigation


The Emory Preventive Medicine Residency program has developed its curriculum to meet, and exceed, the American College of Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME) standards and expectations to train physicians in the field of general public health and preventive medicine. We work closely with residents to incorporate their professional goals into the programming so that they leave the program able to pass the boards and excel in a field of their choosing based on a well-rounded portfolio. 

Academic Studies Each resident must complete an MPH degree in an accredited School of Public Health.  Residents must take advanced courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health management, and social/behavioral sciences.  Residents may complete this requirement through the Emory Rollin's School of Public Health or at another institution. Residents who already hold an MPH prior to the program may be eligible for a one-year appointment if they have completed other training.

Didactics and Learning Seminars Didactics include MPH coursework, Friday seminars, conferences, and Public Health Grand Rounds.


Research/Evaluation Activities Each resident must complete one or more research or evaluation projects that involve applying the methodological skills learned in coursework and seminars to a public health area of interest.  Residents may conduct their projects independently or work with faculty to complete a project. Our residents often complete projects during their public health experiences or pair work during their direct patient care experiences.

Public Health Agency Rotation Each resident must spend at least 4 weeks per year working in a public health agency at the local, state, or federal level.  Currently, our residents spend 8 to 10 weeks per year with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Georgia Department of Public Health to satisfy this requirement.  

Clinical/Direct Patient Care Each resident must provide 2 months of direct patient care each year. Currently, this occurs through the Emory TravelWell Center, Winship Oncology clinics, the Community Living Center at the Atlanta VA Hospital, the Infectious Disease Division at the Atlanta VA Hospital, Emory Occupational Health Clinic, in the Primary Care Clinic at the Atlanta VA Hospital, Emory Preventive Cardiology, Strong4Life at Children’s Hospital Of Atlanta (CHOA), the Grady Ponce (HIV) Clinic or any other setting that is approved by the residency.