Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Since becoming accredited in 1994, the Emory Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency & Fellowship Program has trained over 50 physicians in the specialty of Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. The program is dedicated to preparing and increasing the number of board-certified specialists who will be future leaders in research, education, and delivery of preventive medicine services and population health interventions.

About our Program

The Emory Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency & Fellowship Program is housed within the School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. With accreditation for a total of seven positions, the program has sufficient flexibility to address the particularized interests of residents and fellows with highly diverse backgrounds while also meeting the requirements of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The Emory Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency & Fellowship Program provides training in the uniquely strong public health and healthcare environment of Atlanta, the “Public Health Capital of the World.” Our environment includes nationally and internationally prominent agencies and organizations, such as U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Carter Center, Task Force for Global Health, American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, CARE, and Global Health Alliance ATL.

Why Preventive Medicine?

Dr. Sara Turbow and Dr. Richard Goodman with Emory University School of Medicine Department of Family and Preventive Medicine logo

Dr. Sara Turbow, Program Director of Emory's Public Health and General Preventive Medicine (PHGPM) Residency and Fellowship Program, and former PHGPM Program Director Dr. Richard Goodman have an article in the American Journal of Public Health explaining the importance of increasing the workforce of physicians who are trained in population and public health. Read or download the article.

Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship Training Grant

In spring 2018, the Emory Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency & Fellowship Program was selected for a preventive medicine residency training grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA: Grant No. D33HP31663 [Preventive Medicine Residencies]).

This support has enabled our program to re-double its commitment to increasing physician training and workforce capacity in preventive medicine through a well-defined and enriched curriculum that emphasizes increased inter-professional collaboration and delivery of preventive services to medically underserved and other communities.

Catalyzed by this support, Emory training includes enriched learning opportunities in:

  • Longitudinal research
  • Policy evaluation
  • Quality improvement
  • Direct care

Other major focus areas

  • Preventive cardiology
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Frontline public health practice
  • And select areas of priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services such as:
    • Opioid abuse
    • Mental health
    • Childhood obesity
    • Health disparities among underserved populations

Recent Highlights

Emory Preventive Medicine residents/fellows with William Foege, MD, MPH, former Director of the CDC

First-year Emory Preventive Medicine Resident Amelia Muñiz Hernandez, MD with Stephanie Zaza, Md, MPH, President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, in front of Amelia's poster presentation at the May 2019 ACPM annual meeting

Hernandez Presenting

Emory Preventive Medicine Residents' and Fellows' rotations in frontline public health practice are in local, state, and federal governmental settings.


Carlos Del Rio MD, Executive Associate Dean for Emory School of Medicine at Grady Health System, meets with residents, fellows, and program faculty.


Del Rio

Living in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia is a diverse, cosmopolitan, hospitable, tree-filled city of over 5 million people with a seasonal climate suitable for nearly year-round outdoor activities. A major transportation hub, the city has long maintained steady growth in both population and cultural diversity. While the cost of living is lower than many other major cities, entertainment options are vast including college and professional sports, arts, museums, theaters, shopping, symphony, the world's largest aquarium, and innumerable restaurant options, including a wealth of ethnic cuisines.