Preventive Medicine Residency Program


Our Mission

Our Mission: to train competent, ethical, and compassionate physicians for careers in academic, administrative, research, and clinical preventive medicine/public health.

About Our Program

Our program is a two-year general Preventive Medicine and Public Health residency that combines concurrent academic training with practicum experience (PGY-2 and PGY-3).   The unique geopolitical locale of Columbia, SC and our excellent faculty of research PhD's and multi-disciplinary physicians provide an environment for outstanding resident opportunities.   The two-year residency program combines academic training with practicum experience in preventive medicine and public health. The program design permits great flexibility and choice for individual career plans, providing exceptional faculty consultation and other resources for both clinical and research opportunities.  Our program director is Joshua R. Mann, MD, MPH.

The program offers collaborative interdisciplinary research activities with the Arnold School of Public Health and other venues. A full spectrum of preventive medicine and public health rotations are available including state and regional health agencies, managed care, occupational medicine, health care quality improvement, clinical preventive medicine, and others. We also provide salary support for elective rotations with the CDC, ODPHP, the NIH, and out-of-state elective rotations arranged by residents.

Residents complete a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree through the Arnold School of Public Health. The MPH program includes the core courses of biostatistics, epidemiology, health services policy and management, environmental health sciences, and health promotion, education, and behavior.  For more information on the MPH program, e-mail Student Services at the Arnold School of Public Health or call 803-777-5031.    

Eligibility Criteria

  • Before entering the program, applicants must have completed training in an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 clinical year (12 months) with a minimum of 11 months of direct patient care.
  • Acceptance into the program is contingent upon acceptance by the Arnold School of Public Health -- go to for Admissions information. Foreign Medical Graduates will need to have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for their ASPH application.  If you are a Foreign Medical Graduate, see note below.
  • Applicants must also be eligible for limited licensure in South Carolina and have passed USMLE steps 1 through 3. (see South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners).

How to Apply:

Residency applications will be accepted through ERAS at

Unless the applicant already has their Master of Public Health (MPH) or equivalent degree, a separate application must be also be made to the Arnold School of Public Health for the Master of Public Health degree program.   

Applicants for the general M.P.H. program may submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. You may apply online at the USC graduate school using the general application for graduate school and their supplemental application for Arnold School of Public Health.  For more information, call (803) 777-5031.

Special Note to Foreign Medical Graduates 

Special Note to Foreign Medical Graduates [Except those who already have a graduate degree in Public Health]

All applicants must be admitted to the Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH).  For admission they require that applicants have taken the MCAT or GRE exam. Your residency application is not considered complete until we have received a copy of your personal GRE or MCAT score report. 

Our Preventive Medicine Residency Program has a rolling admissions policy.  Because of the time involved, we may have filled our positions before we receive your GRE scores and can consider your application. It may take several weeks for scores to be reported to the University of South Carolina Graduate School.  It is important to list your social security number (if you have one) when you take the GRE. This will insure that your scores are matched to your application file in a timely manner.

MBBS Foreign Medical Graduates

Please note that the Arnold School of Public Health General MPH program does not accept a MBBS as a doctoral degree so you would need to apply to one of the regular MPH programs (go to Degrees Offered).  They also require that you take the GRE General test. 

For more information contact:

Lisa Cole
Preventive Medicine Residency Coordinator
Family and Preventive Medicine
3209 Colonial Drive  
Columbia, SC 29203

phone:  (803) 434-7399
fax: (803) 434-7529

E-mail >Lisa Cole if you have any questions or call: 803-434-7399.

Related Links

Preventive Medicine - national organizations and career information

Life in Columbia, SC