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. MPH classes are integrated into their Internal Medicine rotation schedule, therefore providing a unique combination of clinical exposure, didactics, and research during their training.
The mission of the Combined Internal Medicine / General Preventive Medicine Residency Program is to provide 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. The end goal is 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 one of UTMB's core values: to ensure access of quality healthcare to the socioeconomically disadvantaged.