What our Graduates Say:

"The Residency program set me on a career path in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. The knowledge, networking and leadership skills learned in the program have been instrumental in my attaining the current position as Director of the Palm Beach County Health Department."

Alina Alonso, M.D.
Director, Palm Beach County Health Department


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"It changed my professional life forever."

Jean M. Malecki, M.D., M.P.H.
former Director Palm Beach County Health Department


"The training I received in this residency program has been a solid foundation for a successful career in public health that really has made a difference is in my approach to medicine."


James Howell, MD, M.P.H.

Chair, Director of Rural Medicine & Professor Public Health,
Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine


"I received excellent training that linked clinical medicine with medical epidemiology, medical management, and population health. I now have a job that has a well balanced and satisfying lifestyle, and I also make a significant contribution to society."

Kenneth Soyemi, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Medical Director
Illinois Dept. of Public Health


"After completing my Preventive Medicine training with the Palm Beach County Health Department, I made the decision to join the agency full-time because I learned and grew so much. Now I have the job of my dreams, using the skills and continuing to grow as a public health professional."

Joanna Drowos, D.O., M.P.H., MBA


"I have encountered nothing yet in my post graduate career that was not addressed at some level during my time at PBCHD. The amazing aspect of this discipline and the scope of training at the residency is that my practice options continue to grow."

Melissa Overman DO, M.P.H., MA, CHES
Regional Medical Director 2
South Carolina Dept. of Health & Environmental Controls



Savita Kumar, MD, MSPHWelcome to the Florida Health Palm Beach County Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program. Throughout the years Palm Beach County has grown from a small seasonal population into a thriving community of over one million people. Like many metropolitan areas our community is diverse. However, we have the unique viewpoint of being home to many modern technology firms and at the same time one of the nations largest commercial farming communities.


Our Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program is an important part of the Health Department. Started by Dr. Carl L. Brumback, MD, MPH in 1956, it is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Training in the Residency Program concentrates on core areas: administration (including problem identification and analysis, program planning, management and evaluation, policy development and analysis, fiscal and personnel components, legislative and political aspects, development of leadership skills, and inter-agency cooperation); epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental sciences; behavioral science; and clinical preventive medicine. The training is accomplished by rotations through the various programs and services of the Health Department, lectures and seminars, assumption of responsibility for development of programs and services, clinical assignments, and research projects. 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 during the 2004-2005 hurricanes.


Since the passage of The Affordable Care Act, there will be increased demand for personnel trained in preventive medicine and public health. We provide our residents with a sound academic and clinical education to promote good public health and prevent disease whether it’s in our community of Palm Beach County or another locality of your choice.

Come join our team!


Savita Kumar, MD, MSPH
Program Director, Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency