Curriculum

The two-year program provides training for the academic (Master of Public Health) and practicum American Board of Preventive Medicine requirements but does not provide the clinical year of training required for preventive medicine training. The first year is primarily an academic year at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, one of the premier schools of public health in the country with a world-renowned faculty.

Residents can complete a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in several areas of specialization including epidemiology, industrial hygiene, public health leadership, and health policy and administration. Residents who have already completed the MPH degree may be eligible to enter the program with minimal additional coursework. All residents are required to complete core course requirements including:

  • Fundamentals of epidemiology
  • Electives in occupational epidemiology
  • Biostatistics, computer science and research methods
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Public health administration
  • Environmental health science
  • Toxicology
  • Health behavior and education
  • Safety and ergonomics

The practicum training is focused on clinical rotations and research projects. Rotation sites include:

In addition, residents are required to complete clinical consultations on a variety of toxicologic and musculoskeletal cases, attend journal club, conferences and Duke faculty didactic sessions on a wide range of occupational medicine topics. Other consultations may require on-site evaluations of employees in their work setting to assess chemical, biological, and ergonomic hazards. Additional information is available on practicum sites, a list of faculty, and practicum preceptors.