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Why Preventive Medicine?

Preventive Medicine Residents visited the CDC in Atlanta, GA in March 2019.

The call for specialists in preventive medicine has perhaps never been more urgently apparent than at this moment in history.  Specialists in preventive medicine pursue a variety of career opportunities.  These include work within federal, state, and local public health agencies, academic positions in schools of public health and medicine, leadership roles in healthcare settings, or careers in other settings where population health and public health skills are required.

Changes in healthcare delivery, new payment models and innovations that promote health where people live, work and play have created opportunities and challenges. Preventive medicine training equips physicians with the tools to listen, observe, evaluate, communicate, put evidence and knowledge into practice and address these opportunities and challenges. Training provides the skills needed to improve health outcomes for clinical populations and address the growing health disparities in the US and globally.  It also encompasses understanding the role of policy in improving the health of populations and identifying more comprehensive ways to serve the under-served in our midst.  We are a community of physicians with shared expertise in clinical medicine and public health.

The UNC Preventive Medicine Residency trains physicians to lead practice and research in public health and clinical population health in communities and other defined populations.  The UNC Preventive Medicine Residency has existed for more than 40 years and is headquartered in the Department of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine.  UNC Hospitals is the sponsor of the Residency and directly supports the program by funding five resident positions per year.  The Gillings School of Global Public Health is an active partner of the program.

Message from Director

Thank you for your interest in the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As we collectively navigate a global pandemic and centuries of structural racism, can we help but confront the reality that our health and wellness depend on so much more than individual physician-patient interactions?  If you are being called to step back and look at the health of populations rather than individuals, you have found your home in Preventive Medicine.

Our Preventive Medicine Residency sits within a top-ranked Department of Family Medicine in UNC’s School of Medicine and enjoys strong connections with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Hospitals, and the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services.  Each of these partners provides outstanding opportunities to learn and practice preventive medicine and public health.

Our vast graduate network is another rich resource and includes leaders in an array of settings. Some of our graduates hold positions in governmental public health at local, state, and federal agencies including the FDA, AHRQ and the CDC. Others thrive in academic medicine, healthcare administration, research centers, non-profit organizations or FQHCs.

We offer all of this in the beautiful setting of the Piedmont Region of North Carolina just hours away from both the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Coast.

We invite you to explore our website for more information about our program.  Please contact us with any remaining questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Marcia Morgenlander, MD, MPH
Interim Program Director


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