The Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the California Department of Public Health is a one- or two-year (PGY2 and PGY3) residency program for physicians in which they complete a year of public health education within an affiliated California School of Public Health program followed by a full training year within a local health department or a state department program mentored by a County Health Officer or Public Health Physician.  The program focuses on public health administration in local and state public health agencies.  It is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 1980 in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health.

Qualifications: (1) United States citizenship or possession of a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. (2) Possession of a MD or DO degree.  (3) Possession of a California medical license (residents must have this license at the start of the residency).  For questions concerning California medical licenses, contact the Medical Board of California. (4) Successful completion of at least one year (PGY1) of supervised postgraduate training in a U.S., ACGME-accredited clinical residency program, preferably in a primary care specialty (e.g., Pediatrics, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or Transitional Year) although other types of internships are considered. (5) Applicants will need to apply to and be accepted into a California school of public health with which CDPH has an affiliation.  These include the following schools: (a) School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, (b) School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, (c) Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis.

Applications accepted via ERAS:  http://www.aamc.org/students/eras