School of Medicine


Preventive Medicine Residency


Practicum Phase


The goal of the practicum phase is to offer PM residents opportunities to apply theory and the evidence base for clinical prevention and public health practice in real world settings. Based on the interests of each resident, experiences are available at three local public health agencies and at NEOUCOM.


Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) has been serving the cities, villages and townships of Cuyahoga County since 1919. As Ohio's largest health district by population, servicing a major metropolitan area, the Board of Health provides a broad range of quality driven public health programs and services. The essential services are provided based upon long standing state mandates in public health law. The Ohio Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency have rated the Board's services as exceptional in the areas of management, implementation and public health impact. Click here for more information on the mission of the CCBH and its health service areas.


Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) is the local public health agency for the City of Cleveland. Formally established in 1910, the department is charged with improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland by promoting healthy behavior, protecting the environment, preventing disease, and making the city a healthy place to live, work, and play. Click here for more information on services offered by the CDPH.


Shaker Heights Health Department (SHHD) is the only city in Cuyahoga County with its own health department. Among other activities, this department works closely with Shaker public health schools to address the public health needs of youth and adolescents; it conducts sanitation inspections to ensure food safety throughout the community; and provides immunizations and diagnostic testing to better connect residents with needed health-related services. Click here for more information on health services offered through SHHD.


Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine's (NEOUCOM) Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences provides residents with opportunities to learn evidence-based strategies for maintaining the health of individuals and communities. This required rotation consists of two learning experiences that include participation in 1) Population/Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds (Fridays at noon) and 2) Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Research Rounds (Thursdays at noon), as well as a seminar series in Public Health Governance, Administration, Policy and Advocacy. Click here for more information on health services offered through NEOUCOM.


For information on elective experiences available to PM residents at any of our local public health partners, please click on the name above.