Preventative Medicine/Public Health Residency Program

CIMPH has partnered with the Coalition of Community Health Clinics to develop a Preventative Medicine/Public Health Residency program (PMPHR) for naturopathic physicians. Please feel free to check back with us to check on the status of this program.


It is widely recognized that there is a shortage of primary care physicians, both in the state of Oregon and nationally. This shortage of practitioners is even more severe in the public sector. Naturopathic physicians represent a largely untapped resource of primary care providers qualified to work in this sector.

Trained as primary care physicians, with an emphasis on health education and disease prevention, naturopathic physicians are particularly well suited to work with these populations. Yet historically, low income communities have had little to no access to naturopathic practitioners.

The PMPHR will provide training in the primary medical care of low income populations. As such it will begin to bridge an existing gap between the naturopathic medical profession, state and federal public health agencies and other non-governmental community based clinics. In this way, we can begin to address the increasing demand for additional primary care practitioners in underserved communities, low income populations and the public sector.


The PMPHR is a two year medical residency program for licensed naturopathic physicians sponsored by the Center for Integrative Medicine in Public Health (CIMPH) and the Coalition of Community Health Clinics, both non-profit organizations. The program will begin in the fall of 2010 with two initial residents. The first year will consist largely of clinical rotations in community based clinics in Portland, Oregon. Additional clinical time may be spent in rotations at other collaborating medical institutions focusing on an individual area of interest to the resident that is applicable to public health. During year one, in addition to the above rotations, the resident will carry out one original project in public health and two specialty public health rotations (such as rural or international health).

The program for year two will provide greater individualization of clinical rotations. This will allow the resident to specialize in a particular area of clinical medicine for the underserved (such as medical care for the homeless, addiction and recovery treatment, or obesity and diabetes care).

To receive more information on the PMPHR please email us.