MPH Degree Curriculum Overview In order to create leaders in the field of Preventive Medicine, the URMC General Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency Program requires that residents complete an M.P.H. during their two year residency, not just the core courses required for the Board exam (for those without an M.P.H.). In addition, the PHS offers three similar degree programs, the Masters in Clinical Investigation, and Masters In Health Services Research and Policy which residents can discuss pursuing instead. These alternative degree programs do not include all the requirements for taking the Board exam for Preventive Medicine, so any additional board-required courses would need to be taken as well. No matter which degree you pursue, your educational experience will be broadened by the wide variety of classes from which to choose and from your broad range of classmates including other physicians, PhD students (Epidemiology and Health Services Research), nurses, community members and undergraduates.