Public Health/General Preventive Medicine Residency Program

We offer an academically rigorous program that trains residents to become board-certified public health physicians and community health strategists.

Beyond completing a Master in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology, residents will receive practical and didactic training in a region experiencing some of the greatest public health challenges in the United States. 

Residents will work to understand and apply population-based methods to promote, protect, preserve and rehabilitate the health of our communities. Training will emphasize the health and well-being of rural and underserved communities in Appalachia, including public health responses to the injection drug crisis.

Program Overview

The residency program accepts one resident each year and is funded through a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) only. Our program, the first in Appalachia, is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Residents will leave the program well-prepared for leadership in the multifaceted field of public health having obtained a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree and a certificate of residency in Public Health/General Preventive Medicine.

Learning Goals

  • Medical Knowledge and Didactics: Each resident must either complete or have already completed an appropriate graduate degree. The curriculum is to include courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, health management/policy, social/behavioral science, environmental/occupational health and occupational health.
    • GOAL: completion of an appropriate master’s degree which includes the required courses for board certification.
  • Patient Care and Clinical Skills: Each resident will have a longitudinal clinical experience in a variety of settings to learn the skills necessary to provide quality preventive clinical care, occupational healthcare and connect that care to population health and public health guidelines as well as local, state and federal rules and regulations.
    • GOAL: development of clinical preventive medicine skills to provide evidence-based population health and public health screening and interventions aimed at primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.
  • Research/Scholarly Activity: Each resident will engage the West Virginia University School of Public Health Prevention Research Center and the Injury Control Research Center to understand possibilities for participating in or conducting research in various topics in public health.
    • GOAL: participation in public health or population health research and presentation of the results of that research.
  • Government and Public Health/Systems of Care: Each resident will meet with various health-related agencies at the local through federal level and interact with other systems of care. The resident will gain an understanding of each system and how they interact as part of a greater system of disease management and healthcare.
    • GOAL: Familiarity with differing systems of care, how they interact; policy making and application of federal rules, regulation and mandates.
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Required Courses

Year 1: The Academic Phase

Residents will complete the first year in Morgantown, W.Va. While attending classes to fulfill the requirements of the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology*, residents will complete clinical experiences while learning about occupational medicine, emergency and disaster response, patient safety and lifestyle medicine, among many other subjects. 

Year 2: The Practicum Phase

The second year builds on the first year’s experiences and will be based in Charleston, W.Va., the state capital. Residents will have practicum experiences at the State Bureau for Public Health, learn about public health first-hand at a local health department, and learn about the interface between clinical medicine, population health and public health at Cabin Creek Health Systems, a federally-qualified health clinic. 

*In the event you have already completed an MPH, you will still be required to complete a two-year program.

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Admissions Guidelines

Applicants are expected to meet the uniform requirements for graduate medical education in the United States including satisfactory completion of an ACGME-approved first postgraduate year or internship (PGY-1) involving direct patient care.

Applicants who have completed training in a clinical discipline, such as internal medicine or family practice are given priority.

International medical graduates are expected to meet standard English fluency tests as well as uniform requirements for IMGs. The requirement of the certifying board for an ACGME-approved clinical year should be borne in mind by applicants from international medical schools.

Candidates already possessing an MPH or equivalent degree are given credit for this and will still be required to complete the two year residency program, plus additional courses needed for eligibility to sit for the board.

Applications and supporting documentation (for July admissions) should be submitted via ERAS to GPM Program #3805588095 by September. Offers for admittance are made in mid-December.

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