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    Preventive Medicine Residency
    Mail Code: 1864
    1100 W. 49th St.
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-3686
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Public Health Rotations

Public health rotations provide residents with experience both within DSHS and with our educational partners. Rotations vary from public health preparedness, policy development, infectious disease surveillance, and health systems management, among many others.

Austin State Hospital

Located in Austin, TX, Austin State Hospital is an inpatient psychiatric hospital that provides adult psychiatric services, child and adolescent psychiatric services, forensic competency restoration services, and specialty psychiatric services. Residents will learn the risk factors that affect the development of behavioral health and mental health disorders and discuss their root causes, protective factors that affect the development of behavioral health and mental health disorders, the role of the Physician in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health and mental health disorders, and the influences of social and behavioral health factors and their importance on the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Humana Government Business

Located in San Antonio, Texas, Human Government Business is a wholly owned subsidiary of Humana, Inc. and is focused on "supporting federal agency goals through innovative and cost-effective health solutions." Residents will gain knowledge of Health Systems Management and Administration as it is practiced in the private sector. In addition, residents will develop exceptional research skills by conducting a health systems project with our faculty at Humana.

Presidio County Rural Health

Located in Alpine, TX, this rotation was created to provide an opportunity for clinical and public health experience in a rural setting. The resident will understand: the practice of full spectrum family medicine in an underserved, under-resourced setting of the Texas-Mexico border, the challenges patients have of accessing care, the challenges of providing primary care, the impact of primary care on public health along the Texas-Mexico border, and the role of a community physician in the community, region, state and nation.

Texas Department of State Health Services

Located in Austin, TX public health rotations within DSHS include:

  • Epidemiology and Surveillance: Involves using basic epidemiology to characterize the health of a community, understand the design and operation of a public health surveillance system, identifying sources and routes of environmental exposure, potential population health effects, and possible prevention strategies for chemical, physical, and biological hazards, and develop education and conduct outreach among target population about health threats and risks.
  • Preparedness: Trains residents to plan and respond to a public health emergency, including assessing the needs of a community and developing and implementing responses to address community needs.
  • Leadership/Administration: The DSHS Executive Leadership Rotation is a six-week experience designed to address competencies in executive leadership (i.e. program management, budget/financing, contracting, legislative issues, governmental affairs, human resource management, communication, policy development, stakeholder negotiation, team leadership, and vision casting). The development of these leadership and management skills will prepare residents for administrative leadership positions in public health.

Clinical Rotations

Working directly with patients in clinical settings provides residents with opportunities to improve and maintain their clinical skill-sets. Residents work in a variety of population health settings including the Austin Refugee Screening Clinic, MD Anderson in Houston, Heartland National TB Center in San Antonio, and several others.

Austin Public Health

Located in Austin, Texas, Austin Public Health (formerly the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department) is accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Through APH, residents are given the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of care for individuals with tuberculosis and refugee health screenings. In addition, residents may choose to complete parts of their epidemiology and public health practice requirements with APH during their final year.

Heartland National TB Center

Located in San Antonio, Texas, Heartland National TB Center is a CDC funded Regional Training Medical Consultation Center providing tuberculosis education and consultation to nine states, including Texas. At Heartland, residents are given the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in the management of tuberculosis and experience in medical consultation for complex tuberculosis cases.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Located in Houston, Texas, the MD Anderson Cancer Center is a world-renowned research and treatment center. At MD Anderson, residents are given the opportunity to gain knowledge in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of common cancers through the Family Medicine Survivorship rotation.

University of Texas Health Science Center Tyler

Located in Tyler, Texas, the University of Texas Health Science Center-Tyler serves the medical needs of Northeast Texas. Through the Occupational Medicine Residency, residents gain knowledge of occupational medicine in the clinical and worksite settings.

Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic

Located in Austin, Texas, the VA Austin Outpatient Clinic provides outpatient care to veterans in the central Texas area. Residents can maintain and expand their clinical knowledge by providing care to adult patients with specialized needs who require treatment for acute illnesses and/or chronic conditions.

Last updated September 9, 2019