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Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine Training Program

The specialty of Preventive Medicine provides an exciting opportunity for physicians who are interested in developing skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, planning and evaluation of health services, social and behavioral determinants of health and disease, environmental and occupational health, and clinical prevention. Preventive Medicine specialists are trained to promote health and reduce the risks of disease, disability and death in individuals and populations.

The Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) offers a two-year training program that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In order to be eligible for enrollment, applicants are required to complete at least one year of clinical training in an ACGME accredited residency program in the United States.  The clinical training must include at least 11 months of direct patient care; six of these months must be primary care rotations (e.g., family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology).  USMLE Step 3 must be passed before applicants can be considered for an interview. Interviews are conducted from early to mid-December.

The goal of the training program is to produce graduates with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to assume leadership roles in the field of preventive medicine and public health.  In order to meet the challenge of providing trainees and fellows with appropriate focus in a field that is very broad, trainees are encouraged to pursue one or two areas in depth while developing basic analytical and problem-solving skills applicable to all areas. Trainees have ample opportunity to develop expertise through learning experiences in clinics, community health centers, health policy organizations, city, state and federal public health agencies, community-based organizations and research groups that abound in Massachusetts. The UMMS Preventive Medicine Training Program is designed to be a two year program in which academic and practicum experiences are offered concurrently throughout the two years. 

The Program attempts to strike a balance between the diversity of residents’ educational interests and the need for a common core of skills and knowledge.  The Program provides flexibility in resident schedules and a wide array of training sites along with a clearly defined set of core requirements and performance expectations.

The majority of successful applicants complete 2-3 years of clinical training in primary care before enrolling in the Preventive Medicine Training Program. Interested applicants should apply through ERAS.   All three steps of the USMLE must be completed before an interview can be offered to an applicant. If you have questions, please contact the Administrative Coordinator, Linda Hollis.  She can be reached at 774-442-6499 or  The Program Director, Dr. Jacalyn Coghlin-Strom, is happy to speak with interested applicants.  She can be reached at 774.442.5615 or

As part of the residency training, trainees are enrolled in the Worcester Campus MPH Program. This program is offered on the UMMS Medical School campus but is an off campus program of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass/Amherst.  It is an accredited Master of Public Health Program that the residents can complete in 2 years. 

Worcester Campus MPH Program

Below are some other useful links regarding our Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

The American Board of Preventive Medicine

ACGME General Competencies

ACGME Milestones

UMMS Preventive Medicine Residency Program:  Goals and Objectives

Clinical and Practicum Training Sites 

Click here to view the Graduate Medical Education benefits associated with a position in our program: