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Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship (PMR/F)


The PMR/F programs seek qualified Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers or alumni with an interest in public health and preventive medicine, and a commitment to public service.


The eligibility requirements have changed.

Applicants must:

  • Commit to the full-time program (2 years for Residency and 1 year for Fellowship)
  • Be willing to relocate
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a current EIS officer or alumnus
  • Meet the professional and licensing requirements


Residency Requirements

Preventive Medicine Residency

Two-year program for licensed Commissioned Corps physicians without a Masters in Public Health

  • MD, DO, MBBS  without a master of public health degree (MPH)
    • Commissioned Corps officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) at the time of application
    • MPH support offered through an extramural, long-term training USPHS option
  • At least six months of direct patient care comprising ambulatory and inpatient experience per 12 months of training.
  • Completed post graduate training accredited by
    • ACGME
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or
    • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Hold a current, full, and unrestricted US or Canadian medical license
  • Commitment to an additional 2-years of service in the USPHS Commissioned Corps following the residency
  • Commitment to complete an MPH degree as deemed appropriate by the PMR.


Fellowship Requirements

Preventive Medicine Fellowship

One-year program for clinicians with a Masters in Public Health or equivalent degree

  • These health professionals are eligible to apply:
    • Physicians – including International Medical Graduates (IMGs) ineligible for the Residency
    • Veterinarians
    • Dentists
    • Registered nurses
    • Physician assistants
  • Must have an MPH or equivalent degree
  • Hold a current, full and unrestricted license from a U.S. or Canadian licensing jurisdiction

Qualified physicians who intend to gain Board Certification in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health (GPM/PH) must review the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) certification pathway requirements excluding the Residency Pathway. Applicants must clearly indicate how their prior qualifications align with the ABPM requirements, based on their preferred pathway.


Contact Us:
  • Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333
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    TTY: (888) 232-6348
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