College of Public Health students graduating

Program Description

The academic, clinical, and practicum activities of the residency are combined over the two year (PGY2 & PGY3) program.  Please note, applicants must have completed at least one full year of an (ACGME) accredited direct patient care/ training program (PGY 1 internship) and completed USMLE Step III to be eligible to apply for this program.  

The academic component of the residency includes:

  • Coursework in Health Services Management, Environmental Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, and Clinical Preventive Medicine
  • Capstone research project (required for MPH)
  • Weekly didactic curriculum to expose the resident to real-world applications of the principles of preventive medicine and to think critically about how health and quality of life can be optimized for both individuals and populations
  • Monthly journal clubs to critically analyze current research done in the areas of public health and preventive medicine
  • Public Health Grand Rounds
  • Inter- professional conferences/ didactic opportunities
  • Annual professional conferences

The practicum experience is designed to be flexible in providing core and specialty competencies in a variety of settings that represent a spectrum of health concerns and issues. Practicum sites include:

  • Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Lexington Fayette County Health Department
  • Northern Kentucky Independent Health Department
  • Lexington VA Medical Center
  • Kentucky Cancer Registry
  • Rural Cancer Prevention Center
  • University of Kentucky, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health
  • Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky

NOTE: General requirements of incoming Preventive Medicine residents include:

  • PGY-1 experience including at least 11 months of direct patient care
  • Unrestricted license by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
  • Attendance of evening classes, day trips to off-site rotations, and provide outpatient clinical care in preventive medicine and public health settings
  • Basic computer skills

The Program Director and each resident collaborate in designing a unique practicum experience. In doing so, they choose among experiences offered at community health centers, worksite wellness programs, state and local health departments, health maintenance organizations, outpatient clinics, and community organizations. These exposures will provide the resident with experience in planning and delivering both individual and population-based preventive services. The objectives for each practicum site may be met over a series of rotations occurring during PGY2 and/or PGY3 and are designed to help each resident achieve the ACGME core competencies in Preventive Medicine.