Program Overview

The University of Wisconsin Preventive Medicine Residency Program offers a comprehensive approach to education, combining clinical, didactic, health care systems and public health systems training. During the two-year program, residents gain hands-on experience in applied public health and population medicine through various practicum and clinical rotations, including at state and local public health departments, accountable care organizations, community health clinics and large hospital systems.

Additionally, all residents receive ongoing didactic training in preventive medicine and general public health throughout the program and residents without a prior master of public health degree (or equivalent education) complete coursework to obtain one from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Each year, the Preventive Residency Program accepts two residents who have completed at least one year of clinical training. Upon completion of the residency program, residents are expected to be eligible for the public health and general preventive medicine board exam administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Questions? Contact Kelly Coffey, Preventive Medicine Residency program coordinator

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the UW Preventive Medicine Residency provides residents wide variety of robust educational experiences. Master in public health coursework is completed at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the nation’s only integrated school of medicine and public health.

Additionally, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and adjacent William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital (VA) afford ample opportunity to gain first-hand experience in quality improvement, health systems management and clinical preventive services.

Madison is the home of Wisconsin’s largest public university, UW-Madison, and offers residents insight into the unique health care needs of a large university campus. Madison is also home to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and residents can experience how research is synthesized into public health initiatives and statewide policies.

The didactic curriculum of the program includes coursework, biweekly seminars in preventive medicine, journal clubs, and grand rounds, as well as local and national conferences. These didactic programs are required for all residents and occur during both years of the residency program.

During the first year, trainees who do not have a prior Master of Public Health degree (or equivalent education) complete coursework to obtain a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Sample Master of Public Health curriculum

Fall courses

PUBLHLTH 780: Evidence-based Decision-making
PUBLHLTH 781-004: Communicating Public Health Effectively I
PUBLHLTH 782: Determinants of Health and Health Equity: A Systems Approach
PUBLHLTH 783: Quantitative Approaches to Public Health
PUBLHLTH 791: Communicating Public Health Effectively II
PUBLHLTH 792: Public Health Policy
PUBLHLTH 787: APEX Seminar

Spring Courses

PUBLHLTH 784: Public Health Surveillance & Analytics
PUBLHLTH 785: Public Health and Health Care Systems
PUBLHLTH 786: Planning & Management to Promote Health
PUBLHLTH 788:  Applied Practice Experience
PUBLHLTH 790: Culminating Seminar- Public Health and Social Justice

Summer course

PUBLHLTH 788:  Applied Practice Experience

Leadership Course

POP HLTH 699 Preventive Medicine Residency Grand Rounds

Integrated Learning Experience

The Integrated Learning Experience is a MPH program degree requirement.  The ILE includes a high-quality written product (20-30-page paper or manuscript) with an oral defense.

Our program provides practicum experiences in both the public health system and the health care system.

Public health system rotations

The public health system practicum rotations focus on training in applied epidemiology and public health, primarily occurring in the governmental public health settings at the state and local level. Rotations include:

  • Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • local health department (e.g., Public Health Madison Dane County)

The resident still has the opportunity to have elective experiences at additional sites. These rotations will prepare graduates who are interested in employment at a local, state or federal health agency.

Health care system rotations

The health care system practicum rotations focus on training in quality and systems improvement, primarily based in two main settings, which include:

Residents will also have the opportunity for elective experiences at additional sites, such as the UW Health Office of Quality Improvement of the University Health Services. These rotations will prepare graduates who are interested in employment in health systems.

Clinical work

The clinical rotation opportunities for each resident is matched to the resident’s interest. Options include the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (VA)University Health Services (UHS) and Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (CTRI). Residents seeking additional experience in direct patient care and provision of preventive clinical services also have the opportunity to set electives at one of several UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health clinics. Additional clinical sites may be developed in the future, depending on a resident’s field of prior clinical training.

The UW-Madison Preventive Medicine Residency program in conjunction with the American Cancer Society offers one residency position per year focusing on cancer prevention and control. The two-year program involves completion of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree, broad training in preventive medicine, and intensive practicum experiences involving the development of clinical, research and teaching skills relevant to a career in cancer prevention. Residents in this track have focused on a range of topics, including tobacco prevention and control, cancer screening and prevention, and cancer survivorship and quality of life.