School of Medicine


Preventive Medicine Residency




The Preventive Medicine Residency at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center is a 24-month experience consisting of three overlapping components: an academic curriculum, a practicum, and a longitudinal clinical experience.  The teaching environment is strengthened by strong relationships with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the Shaker Heights Health Department, and the Northeast Ohio Medical University.  The faculty and community partners of the residency are dedicated to training the next generation of physician leaders in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and to improving health and health care in our large and diverse community.  The enthusiasm, collegiality and ongoing synergy are palpable in the personal interactions between faculty, residents, and community partners.  Individualized learning plans that help each resident to tailor their training to meet their current needs and to set up their desired future career are a hallmark of this program.



About Us:

The Case/UHCMC ACGME-accredited preventive medicine residency provides training in the specialty area of Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.  The program is two years in duration and is open to applicants who have completed at least one year of postgraduate clinical training in a residency program accredited by the ACGME, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the College of Family Physicians of Canada.  Through graduate coursework, didactic conferences, and extensive practicum experiences based in local public health agencies, residents gain skills and experience in epidemiology, biostatistics, disease surveillance, environmental health, health systems management, community health, public health policy, and numerous other facets of population-based practice.  In addition, residents learn and practice clinical prevention at the individual level, providing longitudinal care for a defined group of patients and participating in a range of available clinical electives including environmental health, reproductive health, travel medicine, chronic disease prevention, and behavioral medicine.


Case Western Reserve University has developed an increasingly strong presence in public health and preventive medicine, with a large Masters of Public Health program housed within a Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics which receives $10 million in grants annually.  The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health—home to the Preventive Medicine Residency—boasts a top-ranked research division with emphasis on practice based research networks and preventive interventions in clinical practice.  It is also the editorial home office of the Annals of Family Medicine.  In addition, Case is home to a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, a new Urban Health Initiative, and Community Research Partnership and Practice-Based Research Network Shared Resources—both part of a $64-millon NIH-funded Collaborative Translational Science Award. 


Cleveland, OH is an ideal learning environment for trainees in Preventive Medicine.  While Cleveland faces some very significant challenges associated with poverty, childhood lead exposure, disparities in health and health care access, and more, the public health community has responded with a number of innovative and boundary-spanning initiatives.  One such initiative, the Health Improvement Partnership—Cuyahoga County (HIP-C), provides a process for community assessment and development of community-wide health initiatives involving a number of players outside the traditional realms of health care and public health.  Another initiative, Better Health Greater Cleveland enables data sharing and learning collaboratives across seven local health care systems and diverse community partners with the goal of enhancing health care quality.  In addition, Cleveland is at the forefront of addressing the problem of urban food deserts through numerous research and demonstration projects aimed at bringing fresh food and healthier eating habits to the urban core.  Central to many of these initiatives are two of our community training partners, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) and the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH). 


Our Mission: To foster resident individuality, growth and leadership in an academically rich and culturally diverse urban environment, emphasizing the development of excellent clinical skills in preventive care and expertise in applying and contributing to the scientific base for preventive medicine and public health practice.