Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine Training Program

Year 1

All trainees in the two-year program complete the academic training leading to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.  Trainees who have completed the MPH prior to matriculation are also required to complete two years of training.  These trainees have the option of taking 2-4 MPH courses of interest.  Trainees are encouraged to complete the majority of the MPH courses during the first year of training. Most trainees complete 8 or 9 of the required 14 courses before beginning the practicum year of training. The didactic training provides a foundation for the practicum and research activities in the second year. The MPH degree is offered through the Blended MPH Program based in Worcester.  It is provided through the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences in Amherst.  The Worcester program is blended with the online Public Health Practice Program allowing students to take some of their classes live and others online.  The option allows for flexibilty in scheduling classes and fulfills the requirements of the American Board of Preventive Medicine by offering courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, environmental and occupational health, global health and social and behavioral influences on health. The online options allow trainees to continue to take their MPH courses while they are participating in off-site rotations. 

Trainees typically enroll in three courses per semester during the academic year and one to two courses during the summer session. Live classes offered in fall and spring semester courses are conducted once a week for 14 weeks; summer session courses are offered in six-week blocks with courses conducted twice a week. On the Worcester Campus, courses are taught from 5:00 to 7:30 in the evening, allowing trainees flexibility to schedule practicum and clinical experiences during the day.  The requirements for the MPH degree include a total of 42 credits, with up to six credits being earned through a required MPH project. The project may be an original epidemiologic study, development and evaluation of a disease prevention/health promotion project, or an original analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic data that has been collected by researchers at UMassMemorial or the State Department of Public Health.

Table 3:  Example of Year 1 Schedule