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 Health Policy Residency Rotations


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2014-2015 ODPHP Residents

  • Sumedh Mankar, Loma Linda University 
  • Carolyn Senger, University of California San Diego/San Diego State University
  • Phillip Blanc, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
  • Kimberly Bowman, Stony Brook University School of Medicine 
  • Leith States, Loma Linda University
  • D. Tyler Cole, University of Maryland  


APTR offers continuing field placements for Preventive Medicine and Primary Care residents based at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health within the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The APTR-ODPHP Health Policy Residency Rotation Program provides excellent learning opportunities in health policy for preventive medicine and primary care residents. Residents witness federal health policy in the making and consider the significant role of physicians in the process. During the rotation, residents have the opportunity to work on national preventive health initiatives as well as attend meetings and briefings with high-level policy makers and other prevention-related events in the Washington, DC area.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the intersection between prevention and public health using evidence-based resources.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components, development, and implementation of Federal prevention public health policy.
  • Identify concrete strategies to coordinate preventive medicine and public health policy.
  • Observe and understand the design and implementation process of prevention public health programs to improve the nation’s health.


This opportunity is available for preventive medicine residents with a specialty in general preventive medicine/ public health, occupational medicine, or aerospace medicine. Primary care residents with demonstrated interest in prevention, public health, or health policy are also invited to apply.
It is expected that the residency program is a current institutional member of APTR.  If a selected candidate is from a non-institutional member of APTR then the applicant will need to become a resident member of APTR at the time of acceptance.

Financial Support

A stipend of $3,100 per month and an administrative fee will be paid directly to the residency program.

Rotation Period

Two-month rotations are available from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Residents select three rotation start-date preferences when applying. 


All rotations must occur on-site at the ODPHP office in Rockville, MD
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL-100
Rockville, MD 20852

ODPHP Background

ODPHP's mission is to lead and mobilize actions to improve health by establishing national health priorities and translating disease prevention and health promotion science into policy, guidance, and tools for a healthier nation. Through a variety of initiatives housed within and/or coordinated by the office, ODPHP provides a prevention framework for the Nation, assists the Department’s prevention communication efforts, and contributes to the developing prevention science base, with a focus on nutrition and physical activity. 

ODPHP Initiatives

  • Adverse Drug Events Prevention  
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Health Communication, Health Literacy, and e-Health
  • Healthy People 2020
  • Health Care Associated Infections Prevention
  • Health Communication and Health Information Technology
  • Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

For more information about ODPHP, please visit:  

New Application Deadline: Thursday, January 29th 11:59PM ET

For application reminders, please fill out the form below. 

1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 610  |  Washington, DC 20036

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