Preventive Medicine

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.

Preventive Medicine faculty and trainees in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health are generating new knowledge about prevention through research on tobacco control, cancer prevention, delivery of clinical preventive services, cultural inequalities in health care, risk reduction in the elderly, mental health issues in underserved populations, addiction medicine, occupational health, domestic violence, lifestyle modifications in the treatment of diabetes, control of sexually transmitted diseases, and health care access among homeless populations.

The University of Massachusetts Preventive Medicine Program 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).

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.  If you have questions, please contact the Administrative Coordinator, Linda Hollis, can be reached at 774-442-6499 or  The Program Director, Dr. Jacalyn Coghlin-Strom, can be reached at 774.442.5615 or




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