Preventive Medicine Residency Program

*Note: admissions is cancelled for July 2016, we plan to re-open admissions for the class of 2017 on September 1, 2016 (pending program accreditation).

** Our program is currently a Complementary Pathway only (not ACGME accredited) but is undergoing an application process for full ACGME accreditation (target date July 2016).


The New York State Preventive Medicine Residency Program (NYSPMR) is jointly sponsored by the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany (SUNY) School of Public Health. It provides exceptional public health training, preparing physicians for leadership careers in public health and general preventive medicine, by providing a broad background in the academic and practical skills necessary to work effectively in the field.

The residency program has been ACGME accredited since 1991. Because of recent changes in ACGME program requirements, we are in the process of discontinuing our independent ACGME accreditation and becoming a Complementary Pathway Only program, in collaboration with the University of Rochester’s PMR program. This transition will enable us to continue to provide outstanding academic and practicum training for physicians in public health. Our graduates will be eligible to take PH/GPM board exams through the American Board of Preventive Medicine’s new Complementary Pathway. Please refer to the American Board of Preventive Medicine's booklet of information and answers to frequently asked questions for more information.

The NYSPMR’s primary educational setting – the New York State Department of Health – is the one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive state health departments. Because of the wealth of programs operated by the Department, residents can tailor their course of study to meet their own interests in public health, with many dedicated public health professionals available to serve as advisors, teachers, and role models.


Residents’ programs of study is tailored to meet their specific interests and career goals, while ensuring that they achieves a broad range of nationally recognized preventive medicine competencies.

Some residents elect to follow one of our special tracks, which represent particular areas of strength within the program. Residents in the optional tracks are given advisors with special expertise in that area. They focus their MPH coursework on related issues and choose practicum rotations in programs at the NYSDOH, county health departments, and area NGOs that focus on that field. Tracks are listed below (followed by examples of topics past residents have addressed)

Maternal & Child Health Track (prenatal care, lead poisoning, breastfeeding promotion, adolescent pregnancy prevention, children with special healthcare needs)

Communicable Disease Control Track (immunizations, HIV/AIDS prevention, screening, and care, arthropod borne diseases)

Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention Track (tobacco control, healthy eating, physical activity, cancer surveillance, cardiovascular disease)

Medical Student Elective

The NYS Preventive Medicine Residency Program offers a 1-3 month elective for third and fourth-year medical students and for residents in clinical programs. The elective provides a broad introduction to the practice of public health at the state or county level, through self-paced didactic experiences and opportunities to conduct public health projects tailored to your interests. Visiting students/residents attend weekly seminars with the preventive medicine residents and participate in monthly journal clubs and occasional field trips. They complete a core project dealing with a current public health priority. Projects address issues such as teen pregnancy, vaccine-preventable diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer prevention, occupational asthma, or childhood lead poisoning. For an application, click here (note: link opens Word document). For further information, please contact the Residency Coordinator.

NOTE: This webpage is currently under construction; we are updating program details. Please contact Irina Khmelnitsky if you cannot find the information you are looking for.