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.

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).

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 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 experiences in clinics, community health centers, city, state and federal public health agencies, community-based organization, health maintenance organizations, and research groups that abound in Massachusetts.The UMass 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 by mid January.   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, can be reached at 774.442.5615 or

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