Preventive Medicine Residency Introduction

Meeting the Need for Preventive Medicine Physicians

The University of New Mexico Public Health and General Preventive Medicine residency program trains physicians to become specialist in preventive medicine.  Important guiding principles of the program include the following mission, goals, and objectives:


The mission of the UNM Public Health and General Preventive Medicine (PH/GPM) residency program is to produce well trained public health and general preventive medicine physicians who are Preventive Medicine Leaders and Scholars. The UNM PH/GPM residency program has developed a curriculum to provide each resident with the necessary support, education and training opportunities that will ultimately result in the resident successfully becoming board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).

Educational Goals

The overall educational goals for the UNM preventive medicine resident are to acquire the skills to do the following:

  • Lead public health efforts especially in serving medically underserved populations
  • Provide public health and healthcare to special populations
  • Develop and conduct prevention research for innovative solutions to improve health.


The general educational objectives for preventive medicine residents are as follows:

  • Acquire an understanding of primary, secondary, and tertiary preventive approaches to individual and population-based prevention and health promotion.
  • Acquire the skills to communicate to target groups in writing and orally to inform and educate.
  • Acquire the skills to evaluate the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services and how to determine the types of public health and preventive medicine services necessary for an individual or population.
  • Acquire the ability to evaluate and manage diseases/conditions in which prevention plays a key role, such as a community outbreak of a communicable infectious disease.
  • Acquire an understanding of epidemiology and biostatistics and be able to use principles of these to make recommendations for control of public health or general preventive medicine issues of concern.
  • Develop familiarity with the legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to public health and preventive medicine
  • Understand the principles of occupational and environmental medicine as it relates to the health and safety of the worker and of the surrounding community.
  • Develop an awareness of the important medical literature related to public health and preventive medicine and develop the ability to critically analyze and interpret the results of research studies.
  • Acquire familiarity with principles of environmental health, including the health effects of water and air pollution, indoor air pollution, and hazardous waste in the environment, and develop the skills to recommend appropriate measures to reduce health risks from environmental exposures.