Program Description

The UTRGV Residency Program in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health is an ACGME-accredited, two-year program located in the culturally diverse region of South Texas. 

Our program aims to train tomorrow’s Preventive Medicine experts in the competencies of promoting and maintaining health through community and public health networks.

Working in the diverse and underserved communities of the Rio Grande Valley and beyond, UTRGV Preventive Medicine residents will learn to engage patients in culturally competent preventive care. 

Several components of the residency experience will be individualized to the trainee’s career goals and interests. During the 2-year residency, residents will complete a fully-funded Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at UTHealth Brownsville. Each resident will participate in community-based research, clinical preventive care and education. Trainees will learn how to collaborate with academic, public health, clinical and community stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate preventive health interventions. 

Ultimately, graduates are poised to equitably influence the determinants affecting health and well-being as leaders, participants at the local, state and national level. Graduates will be well-suited to careers in a variety of local, state and regional settings - e.g., public health agencies, research institutions, health care systems, community health centers, and academic institutions. Graduates are also eligible for board certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). 

Program Goals

  • Increase the number of board-certified preventive health practitioners capable of building health in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and United States
  • Increase local and regional access to and quality of preventive health services
  • Respond to the contextual determinants of poor health in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and the United States by adopting culturally sensitive and community-engaged approaches

Improve the quality of preventive health education, health interventions, and residency training by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating program data and adopting evidence-based innovations