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General Preventive Medicine Residency

Program Details

The General Preventive Medicine Residency at the Bloomberg School has been in existence since 1964, making it one of the oldest preventive medicine residencies in the United States.

Preventive medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the health of individuals, communities and defined populations.

The General Preventive Medicine Residency instills in its residents:

  • The ability to synthesize clinical and population-based approaches to disease prevention and health promotion
  • The ability to view health issues on a broad continuum from local to international in perspective
  • The skills needed to discover and apply knowledge toward the protection of the public's health
  • The management and epidemiologic skills needed to address the overall health needs of underserved populations
  • The clinical skills needed to treat specific diseases that disproportionately affect underserved populations

The Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency program is a two year training program for physicians.

Completion of the program leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.


About Year One

The first year of the program begins in July and is a combination of Master of Public Health program coursework, residency modules and clinical work with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians primary care practices and other clinics. For details of the MPH schedule please refer to their website.

The residency modules consist of a number of didactic sessions. The summer term is enriched by a two-month orientation to the specialty of preventive medicine that includes seminars and faculty meetings to explore career opportunities in preventive medicine and public health.

Throughout first year, residents engage in our GPMR curriculum and activities, which includes modules on preparedness, quality improvement, problem solving in public health, lifestyle medicine, advocacy, leadership and management and environmental health. First-year residents also participate in teaching graduate and undergraduate introductory public health courses. This educational program is enhanced by longitudinal clinical work with Johns Hopkins Community Physician practices, and participation in journal club, book club, and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds.

For residents who have previously obtained an MPH degree, the first year affords the opportunity to do additional public health rotations. You also may take MPH courses to supplement previously obtained public health skills or knowledge.

All residents are expected to conduct preventive medicine research during the academic and/or practicum year of the residency; publication and presentation of research results are encouraged.

For more details on residency modules please refer to academic calendar and modules at a glance.


About Year Two

The second year of the program provides residents with a variety of preventive medicine skills through 12 months of practical preventive medicine rotations that last for 2-3 months each.

Residents choose from approximately 20 established rotation sites and may work with the Program Director and Program Manager to set up new elective rotations. Residents complete a minimum of one rotation in each of the following areas:

  • Biostatistics/Epidemiology
  • Management and Administration/Medical Management
  • Clinical Preventive Medicine or Occupational Medicine/Environmental Health

The following are examples of sites where residents have rotated:


  • Office of Policy and Planning, Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC
  • Indian Health Service, Rockville, MD
  • Public Citizen Health Research Group, Rockville, MD
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Environmental Health Bureau, Baltimore, MD
  • Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Baltimore, MD
  • Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Westat, Rockville, MD


  • Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore, MD
  • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Baltimore, MD
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD
  • Public Citizen Health Research Group, Washington, DC
  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
  • American College of Preventive Medicine, Washington, DC


  • Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore, MD
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia, PA
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care, Baltimore, MD


  • Consultants in Epidemiology and Occupational Health, Washington, DC
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, DC
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Maternal and Child Health, Baltimore, MD
  • International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington, DC

Throughout the year, residents attend monthly administrative rounds on site at Johns Hopkins which enhance their understanding of preventive medicine through journal club, group discussions, and lectures. Topics include occupational medicine, injury control, health promotion, infectious diseases, health systems, global health, community health and professional development. Residents also have the opportunity to present rotation work and share experiences with co-residents and program faculty.

Second-year residents continue longitudinal clinical work with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians practices. All residents are expected to conduct preventive medicine research during the academic and/or practicum year of the residency; publication and presentation of research results are encouraged.



Throughout the residency training, residents work with the Program Director, Clinical Director, and Academic Directors to customize their training areas of interest, such as epidemiology, health policy and management, global health, program management and evaluation, and maternal and child health. Residents are guided toward courses and rotations designed to facilitate the development of resident expertise in these key areas of public health.


Combined Family Medicine-Preventive Medicine Program

We also have a combined family medicine-preventive medicine program with MedStar Franklin Square Hospital. Interested applicants should visit the Franklin Square website for more information about the program.

The application process for the combined program includes first applying to the combined program in ERAS, under the Franklin Square Family Medicine program.

The application will be screened by both the MedStar Family Medicine and the Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency (GPMR) Admissions Committees.

Applicants who meet the criteria and are selected for an interview will then be invited to apply to the Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program-Hopkins Master of Public Health (GPMR/MPH RES) through SOPHAS. Invited applicants will complete one application to the Hopkins GPMR/MPH 2018 Program, which will be reviewed by both the Hopkins GPMR and MPH Admissions Committees. Acceptance to the Hopkins MPH program is required for admission to the residency program.

Applicants who have been invited to apply to the combined program and who have earned their MPH degree, may be eligible to apply to the RES-GPMR program. Note: You may be required to take additional ACGME-required preventive medicine coursework.

While we will do our best to coordinate interviews, the volume of applications and interviews for both programs may result in separate scheduling.