"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease." - Thomas Edison
Our Preventative Medicine Program focuses on arenas of Health Maintenance, Disease Prevention and Correctional Health care. This is one of only five such programs in the country.
All combined residents have the opportunity to complete a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree as a component of their four years of training, with MPH classes integrated into their Internal Medicine rotation schedule, providing a unique combination of clinical exposure, didactics, and research during their second, third, and fourth years.
The General Preventive Medicine (GPM) combined residency at UTMB's mission is to provide our physicians with the educational foundation and skills of preventive medicine and public health, to help them acquire leading roles in the field of public health and to work proficiently towards the health of individuals and populations in order to promote and maintain health and well-being and prevent disease and disability.
The impetus for the program originated out of a unique relationship between UTMB and the Texas Department of Corrections (now known as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-TDCJ). Because of this relationship, UTMB has provided healthcare to TDCJ inmates for decades, and the program's success has broadened in line with UTMB's core values: to focus its efforts on ensuring access of quality healthcare to the socioeconomically disadvantaged.