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Careers in Preventive Medicine

The specialty of Preventive Medicine offers a broad range of challenging career opportunities. The underlying philosophy of preventive medicine physicians is to promote health and wellness of both communities and individuals by the prevention of disease and injury. Preventive medicine physicians devote most or all of their careers to health promotion/disease prevention.

Physicians with graduate training from the General Preventive Medicine Residency program at the University of Colorado Denver Colorado School of Public Health gain the skills necessary to pursue a variety of careers.

Examples of alumni careers over the last 10 years: 

  • Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control
  • Medical Consultant, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University
  • Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Director of Public Health, Naval Hospital, Camp LeJeune
  • Primary care physician, San Diego Community Health Center
  • Medical Director, Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility​ (Colorado)

Pursue your career in:
  • Clinical preventive medicine
  • Public health practice
  • Research
  • Academic medicine
  • Health administration

Such training also opens up career opportunities in health care management and research focusing on development and evaluation of health outcomes, disease prevention and health promotion in medical practice settings, as well as in community and public health organizations.

Learn more about specific career paths:

​Clinical Preventive Medicine​
Preventive medicine physicians work in both public and private clinical settings, focusing on activities such as immunization programs, screening programs, risk identification, and risk reduction. Implementation of health promotion/disease prevention programs in various health care delivery organizations, including direct provision of clinical preventive medicine in the context of primary care, are part of this career option.

Public Health Practice
Preventive medicine physicians in public health have the opportunity to work at the local, state, or federal level. Public health physicians identify the health needs of the community, set priorities, and develop health programs. Disease surveillance as well as environmental health monitoring are major components of the public health physician's work.
Research and Academic Medicine
Preventive medicine physicians conduct epidemiological research into the causes of chronic and infectious diseases and injuries, examine risks encountered in the occupational and environmental settings, and investigate interventions for prevention of disease and injury.
Administration and Management
Preventive medicine physicians have the clinical background in addition to the training in epidemiology and health care systems needed to manage a health organization. As managers, they are actively involved in health planning, policy development, cost efficacy, resource allocation, and program evaluation.

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