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APTR-ODPHP Residency Rotations
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 Health Policy Residency Rotations



The APTR-ODPHP Health Policy Residency Rotations in Preventive Medicine Program is on hiatus for the 2017-2018 cycle and will not be accepting applications for this program in fall of 2016.

APTR will offer continuing field placements (rotations) for Preventive Medicine and Primary Care residents based at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).


The APTR-ODPHP Health Policy Residency Rotation Program provides excellent learning opportunities and applications 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 will have the opportunity to work on national preventive health initiatives as well as attend meetings and briefings with senior staff/leadership, high-level policy makers and other prevention-related activities in the Washington, DC area.

2016-2017 ODPHP Residents

  • Mukti Kulkarni, University of Massachusetts
  • Ryan Moran, University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University
  • Sumit Som, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center
  • Naiomi Jamal, University of Texas Medical Branch

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the intersection between prevention and public health using evidence-based resources
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components, development, and implementation of 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


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


ODPHP Director Dr. Don Wright and Dr. Rick Olsen serve as the official preceptors for the residents.  ODPHP Deputy Director and Division of Community Strategies Director, Cater Blakey, joined the group of preceptors for the 2016-17 cycle of rotations. The biographies of each preceptor are available on our website at:

ODPHP Background

Congress created ODPHP in 1976 to lead disease prevention and health promotion efforts in the United States. 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. Please see list of initiatives below.

ODPHP Initiatives

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

For more information about ODPHP, please visit:  


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