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 Master of Public Health (M.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.
The MSM Residency Program in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine is comprised of eight major segments; five of these correspond to the five major component areas of preventive medicine. These are epidemiology/biostatistics; health administration; environmental and occupational health; clinical preventive medicine and social/cultural/behavioral aspects of medicine. The other segments are devoted to two electives, Special Studies, elective research or an investigative/analytical project and the Major Area of Concentration. The Major Area of Concentration and Special Studies electives allow residents to acquire additional knowledge and skills in one of the five component areas of public health.
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Residents in the MSM PMR Program complete rotations in the following specialty core areas:
- Epidemiology/Biostatistics - Recognition of epidemiological and biostatistical principles in methodology.
- Clinical Preventive Medicine - Application and evaluation of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. The assessment of population and individual health needs.
- Occupational & Environmental Health - Recognition, assessment and control of environmental hazards to health, including those of occupational environments.
- Health Management & Policy - Planning, administration and evaluation of health and medical programs, and the evaluation of outcomes of health behavior and medical care.
- Social/Cultural/Behavioral Aspects of Medicine (longitudinal rotation) - Recognition of the social, cultural and behavioral factors in medicine.
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:
- An elective in one of the core component areas of preventive medicine.
- 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.