Preventive Medicine Residency Program

  • Preventive Medicine faculty

    Emory Preventive Medicine Residents with Dean Sienko, MD, MS, Adjunct Professor and Vice President for Health Affairs at The Carter Center.

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    Current Emory Preventive Medicine residents

  • Emory Preventive Medicine resident Farah Kudrath, MD, MPH, with senior leaders, Fulton Co. Board of Public Health

  • Emory Preventive Medicine residents with William Foege, MD, MPH, former Director of the CDC

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    Emory Preventive Medicine Resident, Javier Valle, MD, MPH, participating in the American College of Preventive Medicine's 2017 annual meeting

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    Emory Preventive Medicine graduate, Javier Valle, MD, MPH, with Ted Johnson, MD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and with Program staff

  • valle swearing in

    Following graduation from the Emory Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Javier Valle, MD, MPH, is sworn into the U.S. Naval Reserves as a preventive medicine medical officer.

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    Emory Preventive Medicine Residents' rotations in frontline public health practice are in local, state, and federal governmental settings

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    Emory Preventive Medicine Program residents, faculty, staff, and other colleagues reviewing the program.

  • vamc

    Emory Preventive Medicine Residents' rotations at the Atlanta VA Medical Center are in quality improvement, infectious diseases, primary care, and other areas.

  • rabold presenting 2017 acpm

    Emory Preventive Medicine Resident, Elizabeth Rabold, MD, MPH, participating in the American College of Preventive Medicine's 2017 annual meeting

The Emory Preventive Medicine Residency Program is housed within the School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Fully accredited in 1994, the program has since trained over 40 residents in the specialty of Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and is dedicated to preparing and increasing the number of board-certified specialists who will be future leaders in research, education, and delivery of preventive medicine services and population health interventions.  With accreditation for a total of seven positions, the program has sufficient flexibility to address the particularized interests of residents with highly diverse backgrounds while also meeting the requirements of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

The Emory Preventive Medicine Residency Program provides training in the uniquely strong public health and healthcare environment of Atlanta, the “Public Health Capital of the World.” In addition to Emory’s own world class School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health, this environment includes nationally and internationally prominent agencies and organizations, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Carter Center; Task Force for Global Health; national home of the American Cancer Society; national office of the Arthritis Foundation; CARE; and the recently-established initiative, “Global Health ATL.”  Within this rich milieu, the Preventive Medicine Residency Program’s training curriculum is rooted within a diversity of core training sites, including the Emory School of Medicine; Rollins School of Public Health; Winship Cancer Institute; Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center; governmental public health programs in local, state, and federal settings in Georgia; and, beginning in 2019, Grady Memorial Hospital and the Grady Health System.

In spring 2018, the Emory Preventive Medicine Residency Program was selected for a preventive medicine residency training grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA: Grant No. D33HP31663 [Preventive Medicine Residencies]). This support has enabled our program to re-double its commitment to increasing physician training and workforce capacity in preventive medicine through a well-defined and enriched curriculum that emphasizes increased inter-professional collaboration and delivery of preventive services to medically underserved and other communities. Catalyzed by this support, Emory Preventive Medicine Residency training includes enriched learning opportunities in longitudinal research, policy evaluation, quality improvement, and direct care, as well as in major focus areas such as preventive cardiology, cancer prevention and control, frontline public health practice, and selected areas of priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (e.g., opioid abuse, mental health, childhood obesity, and health disparities among underserved populations).

Please explore our site to learn more about our program curriculum, faculty and staff, and current and former residents, and application information.

What is the specialty of Public Health and General Preventive Medicine?

Within the field of Preventive Medicine, the specialty of Public Health and General Preventive Medicine links clinical medicine with medical management, research, and population health. Our program, residents, and graduates address health promotion and modifying or eliminating the risks of disease, injury, disability, and death. Our residents are exposed to preventive medicine and population health through a curriculum involving didactics, governmental public health practice, clinical care, program and policy assessment, and research.

You can learn more about the field of preventive medicine, preventive medicine residencies, and board certification in preventive medicine by visiting the websites of the American College of Prevention Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Mission and Goals


The mission of the Emory Preventive Medicine Residency Program is to equip residents with the core competencies of preventive medicine and to prepare them for specialty certification in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.

Overall Educational and Training Goals

The overall educational and training goals of the Emory’s Preventive Medicine Residency Program are to ensure that preventive medicine residents (PMRs): (1) attain the competencies specified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as assessed by respective ACGME milestones; (2) possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities in preventive medicine that can be applied effectively in multiple settings (e.g., government, academia, health care systems, communities) to improve population health; and (3) are prepared for taking the board certification examination in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine as administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

The ACGME requires that the following core competencies be integrated within the curriculum of preventive medicine residency programs: (1) patient care and procedural skills; (2) medical knowledge; (3) practice-based learning and improvement; (4) interpersonal and communication skills; (5) professionalism; and (6) systems-based practice. The ACGME also has created a set of milestones for each of the core competencies; the milestones help to shape the Emory Preventive Medicine Residency Program’s curriculum and to provide a framework for assessing individual preventive medicine resident’s progress. Our curriculum is designed to support residents in their achievement of the competencies, as measured by attainment of the milestones, as well as other residency core requirements specified by the ACGME.

Rotations and Learning Settings

Emory Preventive Medicine Residents train and are educated within a large spectrum of health care, public health, educational, and other settings in metropolitan Atlanta and other areas of Georgia.  The spectrum of rotations and settings allows our residents to learn about public health and general preventive medicine through experiences that involve a variety of populations, public health and clinical problems, and methods. Training, education, and learning settings, and their respective areas of concentration include, among others:  

Emory University  (includes: Rollins School of Public Health; Emory School of Medicine; Emory Clinic; Emory Hospital Midtown; Winship Cancer Institute; Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing)

  • eMPH Program (Epidemiology concentration):  Rollins School of Public Health
  • Clinical travel medicine (infectious / other conditions):  Emory TravelWell Center
  • Preventive cardiology (primary and secondary prevention clinics, longitudinal research and quality improvement):  Emory Preventive Cardiology Program
  • Ambulatory oncology and cancer prevention / control, and longitudinal research and project evaluatoin:  Emory Winship Cancer Institute
  • Inter-disciplinary teaching and training on cancer prevention and control:  Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) 
  • Occupational medicine:  Emory Occupational Injury Management
  • Lifestyle medicine:  Emory Family Medicine Lifestyle Clinic
  • Individual / population health promotion assessment:  Healthy Emory
  • Rural / agricultural worker health:  South Georgia Farmworker Health Project
  • Longitudinal and focal research projects:  Rollins School of Public Health (including, for example, behavioral health; childhood obesity; cancer prevention / control; global health)

Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • Infectious disease / primary care:  Infectious Diseases Clinic
  • Quality improvement:  VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program
  • Lifestyle medicine / Whole Health:  VA Empower Veterans Program
  • Older adult preventive / clinical long-term care: VA Community Living Center 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Rotations in selected program / topical concentrations (e.g., emergency preparedness and response; heart disease and stroke prevention; emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases; opioid misuse and injury prevention; cancer prevention and control; health disparities; public health policy)

Georgia Department of Public Health

  • Frontline / state public health practice:  Georgia Department of Public Health central units (including, e.g., Chronic Disease Prevention Section; Infectious Diseases / HIV)
  • Frontline public health practice:  Fulton County Board of Health
  • Frontline public health practice:  DeKalb County Board of Health
  • Frontline public health practice:  District 4 Public Health (12 counties)

Grady Healthcare (rotations will be implemented beginning July 2019)

  • Rotations will be implemented in July 2019 in selected ambulatory settings and topical concentrations (e.g., community / neighborhood health clinics; diabetes; cardiovascular disease; quality improvement / patient safety; cancer prevention and control; behavioral health; infectious and other liver disease; HIV treatment; poison control; emergency medical services; opioid treatment; social determinants of health / Food as Medicine Program)

Children's Hospital of Atlanta (available to residents who already are board-certified or -eligible pediatricians)

  • Smart choices in eating and wellness:  Strong4Life Program
  • Ambulatory urgent care and primary care pediatrics

Other Organizations / Program

  • Cancer prevention and control:   Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education
  • Prevention and control of tropical diseases:   Carter Presidential Center