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Public Health and Preventive Medicine

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Welcome to the MSM Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program. We are enthused that you are interested in this integrated academic and applied 2-year residency program. As a practitioner in public health and preventive medicine at the population level for more than three decades at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I joined the leadership of the program because of the focus on health equity and achievement of optimal health for all individuals, families, and communities. The residency program trains leaders that are competent public health and preventive medicine physicians who can address the diverse population and individual health problems of the 21st century.

A critical part of the training is the application of the knowledge obtained during the MPH degree through comprehensive practical experiences. Key examples of these applied or practical experiences are: …

A critical part of the training is the application of the knowledge obtained during the MPH degree through comprehensive practical experiences. Key examples of these applied or practical experiences are:

  • Addressing community health needs among underserved populations during a 2-year longitudinal experience.
  • Providing population health programs as a team member in public health agencies at the county, district, state, and federal levels of government.
  • Addressing environmental hazards and providing clinical care for common occupational health problems.
  • Providing lifestyle medicine in clinical settings that promote optimal health among children, adults and seniors.

Sonja S. Hutchins, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM
Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Sonja S. Hutchins, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM

Sonja S. Hutchins, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM

Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine

62
Graduates
1:2
Resident:Faculty Ratio
40
Hours Worked/Wk
 
Dr. LaKesha Tables
Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine

“While practicing for six years as a general pediatrician in a small rural town in Mississippi, I encountered many clinical scenarios that piqued my interest in public health. I was most disturbed by the increasing number of overweight and obese children that I saw in my clinic. . . I was specifically interested in the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program at MSM because of its focus on engaging underserved communities to promote health equity. . .The most rewarding aspect of this program was the diversity of the training experiences that I received. . .Thanks to the guidance and support that I received from the faculty and staff in this program, I can honestly say that I am where I want to be in my career transition.”

Longitudinal Social/Cultural/Behavioral Aspects of Medicine Rotation

One of the primary training objectives is to train residents to collaborate with community-based organizations to achieve positive health outcomes through the completion of a health needs and assets assessment and an intervention. The Community Health Preventive Medicine Residency Program is structured to allow residents to complete a longitudinal, community-based, service-learning project with a faith-based organization during the two-year residency training program.

Training Sites

To provide the best training for our residents, we are affiliated with some of the most prestigious hospitals in and around the Atlanta area.

 
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Why Morehouse School of Medicine

Listen as Graduate Medical Education Residents tell you more about why they chose to attend Morehouse School of Medicine and what their experiences taught them.