Preventive Medicine Residency/Master of Public Health (MPH)

Gain specialized training in preventive medicine and public health through this combined program that trains board-eligible primary care physicians for leadership careers.

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Career possibilities

Leadership roles

  • Medical director
  • Clinical manager of population health quality improvement
  • Medical manager of system transformation initiatives
  • Leadership roles related to performance-based reimbursement tied to prevention and quality metrics


  • Local or state health departments
  • Federal public health agencies such as the CDC or NIH
  • Primary care medical groups
  • Health care delivery systems
  • Insurers or managed care organizations 
  • University academic primary care units
Essential Public Health Services

With your MPH, you have expertise to carry out the CDC's essential public health services.

Program eligibility

Two-year Program

Year One | Complete an accelerated MPH.
Year Two | Complete the preventive medicine residency.

  • You are eligible if you are a primary care resident (PGY3 completing June 30, 2022) or graduate who is board-eligible/certified in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics.
  • You must be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States. 

Preventive Medicine Residency highlights

  • The MPH program is free. With grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T34HP42144, the MPH costs are covered for eligible preventive medicine residents admitted to the program.
  • Primary care physicians completing this residency become board certified in preventive medicine. You’ll be highly qualified for leadership roles to address population-health and health-system needs.
  • The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education for eight slots to provide Post-Graduate Year 4 (PGY4) leading to a master of public health (MPH) degree and a PGY5 practicum in a series of population health-management rotations in public health, health systems, health plans and federally qualified health centers.

Master of Public Health highlights

Gain skills to address emerging public health issues around the world

Public health professionals protect the public's health by investigating and preventing disease, disability and death; developing and implementing health programs, education and policies; conducting and translating research; promoting healthy behaviors; and creating safe and healthy environments.

Earn your MPH at no cost

Grant funding covers the cost of your MPH studies if you are admitted into the Preventive Medicine Residency program.

You will gain foundational and concentration-specific knowledge and skills by completing 44 to 49 credits of public health courses, interprofessional collaborative practice activities, a field training experience, and a culminating project.

With grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T34HP42144, the MPH cost are covered for eligible Preventive Medicine Residents.

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Meet a program graduate

“We need to better understand health care disparities and social determinants of health because those are the things that will actually improve our health outcomes for the better.”
Kenyani Davis, MD, MPH in health services administration


Steps to apply to the Preventive Medicine Residency program

Key Steps/Dates for 2021-2022

Step 1: Submit your application and supporting documents for the residency program via the online Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

  • Applicants may begin submitting applications to the program on Sept. 1, 2021
  • Residency programs may begin reviewing applications: Sept. 29, 2021
  • Interview Season: October to December 2021

Step 2: Register with theAmerican Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). Use the Standardized Acceptance Process (SAP) for the Public Health/General Preventive Medicine (PH/GPM) Residency.

  • Register on the SAP website Oct. 1 to Jan. 14 
  • Programs submit their rank list on the SAP website Jan. 24 to 28 
  • Submit your rank list on the SAP website Jan. 28 to Feb. 4 
  • Program/Applicant Pairing Period Feb. 7 to 11
  • Initial Notification Day (ACPM notifies results to the Programs/posts on the SAP website) Feb. 15

Step 3: Apply to the MPH after admission to the Preventive Medicine Residency program.

Steps to apply to the MPH program

MPH application requirements

  • Provide a personal statement of interest in the MPH program, addressing how the preventive medicine residency and MPH together will help you achieve your goals.
  • Include contact information for two references.

Contact us

Questions about the Preventive Medicine Residency

Smita Bakhai MD, MPH, FACP

Associate Professor; Director Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Erie County Medical Center, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215


For additional information email Dr. Jen Stoll, Program Coordinator at; please put “Preventive Medicine Inquiry” in the subject line.

Questions about the MPH

Kimberly Krytus, MSW, MPH, CPH

Assistant Dean/Director of Graduate Public Health Programs

420 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6779