The Palm Beach County Health Department’s Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program in affiliation with Nova Southeastern University is the ONLY program of its kind in the country. Started by Carl L. Brumback MD, MPH, in 1956, our program strives to train qualified candidates for a career as Public Health Officers. Residents obtain real practical experience in a large, full service metropolitan Health Department serving over 1.2 million people. Our graduates are Board Eligible after graduation.
The field of Preventive Medicine/Public Health treats an entire community as the patient with training concentrated on the following core areas: administration; epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental sciences; behavioral science; occupational medicine; and clinical preventive medicine. The residents are involved in dealing with crises, such as outbreak investigation and control. They were very much involved in all aspects of the anthrax attack that began in Palm Beach County, and they worked tirelessly when several hurricanes hit the county.
The Palm Beach County Health Department has affiliation agreements with the University of Miami, University of South Florida, Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program is accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) and the AOA (American Osteopathic Association). Both osteopathic and allopathic physicians may apply to the residency and upon completion are eligible to sit for the Board exams of either the American Board of Preventive Medicine or the American Osteopathic Board of Occupational & Preventive Medicine.