Deborah Porterfield , MD, MPH
WHAT IS THE SPECIALTY OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE?
Preventive Medicine is the medical specialty which focuses on the promotion, protection, and maintenance of health and well-being, the prevention of disease and disability, and premature death of individuals in defined populations. General Preventive Medicine/Public Health is one component of the medical specialty of Preventive Medicine. The specialty requires two years of training after one or more years of clinical residency. The two years consist of course work leading to an MPH degree or its equivalent and a supervised series of experiences in preventive medicine and public health.
Successful completion of this training allows residents to apply for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Physicians trained in preventive medicine pursue a variety of career opportunities such as work within federal, state or local public health agencies, academic positions in schools of public health or medicine, or research careers in other settings where public health research skills are of value.