Translate This Page Print This Page Email a Friend Newsletter Sign-Up
Text Size : Sm Med Lg

Vendors and Contractors
Public Health Residency Program

For over half a century, the Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program, associated with the Columbia University Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, has trained physicians in health promotion and disease prevention at the population level. Graduates have served as leaders in public health practice, epidemiologic and clinical research and clinical preventive medicine.

The Residency Program, a unique learning opportunity, combines field experience at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) with study toward the Master of Public Health degree at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Residents will acquire the research, administrative and clinical skills needed to understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability and death for individuals and groups. Competencies that residents develop include epidemiology and biostatistics, program design and evaluation, communication, management and administration, clinical preventive medicine and policy development.

This Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education(ACGME). Note: the PGY-1 Clinical Year is not offered in this Residency Program. Only the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years are offered. Applicants must have completed at least one clinical year (see below) by the start date of this Residency Program.

Graduates of the Residency Program are eligible for Board Certification in Public Health/Preventive Medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

What are Preventive Medicine Specialists?

Preventive Medicine is an exciting specialty that links the knowledge and skills of clinical medicine with the special skill sets of medical management and population health. Specialists work in diverse settings to promote health and to modify or eliminate the risks of disease, injury, disability, and death. Career paths include managed care, public health, occupational medicine, aerospace medicine, clinical medicine, informatics, policy development, academic medicine, international medicine, and research, covering all levels of government, educational institutions, organized medical care programs in industry, as well as voluntary health agencies and professional health organizations. (from ACPM Resources for Medical Students).

For more information on residency training in preventive medicine, visit ACPM Graduate Medical Education Home Page.

Elective in Public Health for Residents and Medical Students

The Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program also offers electives in public health (PDF) for residents and medical students.

What Is the Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program?

The Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited graduate medical education training program which offers two years of training (PGY-2 and -3 Years in PH/preventive medicine). Practicum rotations are conducted concurrently with study toward the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Residents further develop expertise through clinical public health rotations (e.g., TB, STD, occupational medicine, tobacco cessation, etc.), primary care placements, outbreak investigations, on-call experience and other activities. Compensation includes a stipend determined by the total number of years of prior clinical training as well as health insurance and other benefits, educational travel allowance and full tuition for the MPH degree.

In the first year at the Health Department, residents conduct projects in various units of the NYC DOHMH, acquiring skills needed for a) conducting surveillance, b) analyzing data, c) planning, implementing and evaluating disease prevention and controlinitiatives, d) communicating with the public, policymakers and health care providers, e) promoting health and preventing disease in health care institutions and the community, and d) formulating policy.

In the second year, each resident develops and implements a year-long applied research project in his or her area of interest.

During both years, residentsengage in clinical rotations and serve as “on-call” physicians after hours, gaining expertise in handling diverse public health emergency calls.

Day-to-day activities of the residents are under the guidance of public health physicians and other senior staff members of the NYC DOHMH. An academic mentor guides the education of the residents at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. A weekly seminar on public health and preventive medicine is held for the residents, who also participate in the extensive educational activities available at the NYC DOHMH, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and NYC health care institutions.

What Do Residents Work On?

Examples of resident projects are:

  • Model panel management for hypertension control
  • GIS mapping of neighborhood colonoscopy disparities
  • Anal cancer screenings: should anal Pap smears be done?
  • Influenza surveillance through EHR data
  • Death certificate Quality Improvement for hospital-based providers
  • Alcohol Outlet Density and Child Maltreatment
  • Physician education monograph on brief intervention for excessive drinking
  • Physician education monograph on hepatitis B screening
  • Physician education monograph on opioid misuse
  • Water pipe smoking: science and policy
  • Death Certificate Coding of Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Pica in Pregnant Women with Elevated Blood Lead Levels
  • Community outreach campaigns to promoting colonoscopies in non-English-speaking communities
  • Pest Control media campaign
  • Evaluation of fresh produce carts in low-income communities
  • Evaluation of “Pouring on the Pounds” media campaign
  • Cancer Mortality of Asian and Pacific Islanders in New York City
What positions do Graduates hold?

Graduates of the Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program are currently working at the NYC DOHMH and other local health departments, international non-governmental organizations, academic medical centers/graduate medical education programs, public hospitals and schools of public health.

Track in Cancer Prevention and Control

With funding from the American Cancer Society, the Residency Program offers training in population-based cancer prevention and control. Residents in this track spend part of their training focusing on:

  • cancer epidemiology, biometry and surveillance
  • promotion of screening and early detection
  • tobacco use prevention and cessation in the clinical site and community
  • school-, workplace- and community-based cancer risk factor intervention
  • physician education
  • social marketing
  • community coalitions
  • legislative initiatives
  • risk communication to policymakers and the public.

See below for application instructions.

Master of Public Health Degree

The academic program leading to the MPH enables students to gain knowledge of the factors which influence local, national and global legislative and social policies; apply broad-based, state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative skills utilized in their DOHMH projects; develop multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems; enhance communication skills by working with diverse populations; and be positioned for a leadership role in health promotion and disease prevention.

(Adapted from whatispublichealth.org)

Full tuition and all fees are provided by the Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

About the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

One of the first accredited schools of public health in the nation, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health provides instruction and research opportunities to over 1,200 graduate students a year, who typically represent more than 40 nations. The School’s curriculum combined with its internationally renowned research and training programs enables students to gain frontline knowledge, both inside and outside the classroom.

The Mailman School addresses today’s health challenges through a broad lens, creating public health programs that can serve as models and be replicated across the country and around the world in order to reach large numbers of people with life-saving interventions. The School works with diverse populations throughout the City’s five boroughs on HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and care; smoking cessation initiatives; school-based clinics; and programs to stem the growing asthma epidemic in our urban environment.

(from ASPH and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health )

Applicants to the DOHMH Residency Program must submit a separate application to the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. However, applicants may postpone applying to the Mailman School until they are accepted into the Residency.

Visit Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health for more information and for instructions on applying to the School.

You may also call (212) 305-3927, e-mail ph-admit@columbia.edu (provide full name and mailing address), fax your request to: (212) 342-1861 or write to:

Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
722 West 168th Street, Suite 1014
New York, NY 10032

What compensation and benefits are provided?

Residents receive stipends of $45,150-$57,624 (depending on years of postgraduate medical education completed), as well as health insurance and other benefits, educational travel allowance, and full tuition and fees for the Master’s degree.

Eligibility

Applicants must have completed at least one year of clinical training year 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 by the start date of the Residency Program. The training must include at least eleven months of direct patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Applicants must be eligible for a full and unrestricted New York State license. Licensure must be obtained by the Program’s start date (July 1). You may contact the NYS Office of the Professions at op4info@mail.nysed.gov or 518-474-3817 to determine your eligibility for a license. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States (except Canada) generally require three years of clinical residency in the United States to qualify for a license.

As you will need to demonstrate before we finalize decisions about admission, you must pass Step 3 of the USMLE by late winter as it may take four weeks for your result to be available.

The City of New York does not sponsor work visas. A holder of a work visa would not be eligible for a full and unrestricted NYS license, which is required.

How do I apply to the Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program?

There is no application form. Your application should consist of the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Detailed Statement of Interest in Public Health and Preventive Medicine

    Your statement should delineate your interest in these fields and in training at a public health agency. Please describe your future goals, and how this Residency Program would help you achieve them. Discuss what you would be interested in working on, both as a resident at NYC DOHMH and in your future career.

    Please indicate whether you request to be considered also (or only) for the Residency's Track in Cancer Prevention and Control and discuss your interest in this area in the Detailed Statement of Interest. This Track within the Residency allows residents to focus part of their two-year experience on cancer-related activities.
  3. Transcripts from medical school, college and any other post-secondary programs in which you have been enrolled. We may also request your USMLE scores.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one from the Residency Program Director for your clinical training and two from clinical and/or research supervisors). If you are currently employed, we will require a letter from your supervisor prior to entry into the Residency Program. We may also request your Dean’s Letter and/or additional letters.
  5. Copy of a full and unrestricted New York State medical license or indication of eligibility for same by the start date. As you will need to demonstrate your eligibility before we finalize decisions about admission, you must pass Step 3 of the USMLE by late winter as it may take four weeks for your result to be available. In addition to having passed Step 3, New York State requires that a licensed physician be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. You may contact the NYS Office of the Professions at op4info@mail.nysed.gov or 518-474-3817 to determine your eligibility for a license. The City of New York does not sponsor work visas.
  6. Feel free to submit additional materials to illustrate your interests and activities (e.g., PowerPoints of presentations given, residency research papers or products from other projects.

Applications are requested by December 31 of the year prior to the start date (July 1). Interviews will be held during the winter for selected applicants.

Any questions? Please e-mail them to healthrp@health.nyc.gov or call 347-396-2914.

We participate in ERAS. If you are not using ERAS, you may send your application by e-mail to healthrp@health.nyc.gov. Any materials not available electronically can be mailed to:
Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
42-09 28th Street, 7th floor, CN 65
Long Island City, NY 11101

How do I apply to the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health?

Applicants to the Public Health/Preventive Medicine must submit a separate application to the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. (You may postpone the application until you are accepted into the Residency Program.) Information for prospective students may be obtained by visiting  Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health or by contacting:

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Office of Admissions
722 West 168th St, Suite 1014
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-3927
Fax: 212-342-1830
Website
E-mail: ph-admit@columbia.edu

How can I find out more about the Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program?

We welcome all inquiries. Contact the NYC DOHMH Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program:
E-mail: healthrp@health.nyc.gov
Phone: 347-396-2914

Mail:
Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
42-09 28th Street, 7th floor, CN 65
Long Island City, NY 11101

How can I find out more about the MPH Program?

Information on the Master of Public Health degree may be obtained by visiting Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health or by contacting:

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Office of Admissions
722 West 168th St, Suite 1030
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-3927
Fax: 212-342-1830
Website
E-mail: ph-admit@columbia.edu