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Combined Pediatrics/MPH Degree Program

The Pediatric Residency Training Program, Kaiser Permanente Oakland
University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley

The Pediatric Residency Training Program at Kaiser Oakland offers a combined Pediatrics/Masters of Public Health (Peds/MPH) track, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Kaiser Permanente provides the unique opportunity to further study patient populations in a world class integrated health care delivery system with a rich, longitudinal health data repository. Residents complete similar pediatrics requirements in the first three years of training at Kaiser Oakland, with an emphasis in research, community experiences, and scholarly activity supported by Kaiser East Bay pediatric faculty and KP Division of Research in preparation for the MPH year at UC Berkeley. The fourth year is an academic year at UC Berkeley School of Public Health in the Integrated MPH program. Full salary support is provided at the PGY-4 level plus tuition support for the MPH degree.

The fourth year is an academic year at UC Berkeley School of Public Health where Pediatric/MPH residents will complete an 11-month Interdisciplinary Master’s in Public Health program. Full salary support is provided at the PGY-4 level plus paid tuition for the MPH degree.

The Kaiser East Bay Pediatric Residency/ MPH program is one of the few joint pediatric residency/ public health degree programs in the country. This exceptional opportunity to receive formal public health education has enabled our residents to receive protected time in the 4th year to pursue community medicine, epidemiology and public policy projects amongst others as well as the opportunity to accelerate into a broad and exciting range of career paths.

Our Peds/MPH residents look forward to careers in:

  • Research in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
  • Public Health Departments and Organizations
  • Public Health and Policy
  • Global and International Health
  • Clinical Practice with a Leadership/Public Health focus

An informative video about our Kaiser Peds/MPH program within this publication abstract can be found here:
INNOVATIVE partnerships to advance public health training in community-based academic residency programs (Lo JC, Baudendistel TE, Dandekar A, Le PV, Siu S, Blumberg B)

Please also see the UC Berkeley School of Public Health for more information.

There is a separate National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Code for this track: 10423320C1. Applicants to this track will also be asked to complete a supplemental application including an essay outlining interest and goals related to the Peds/MPH track. The supplemental application should be submitted to trixy.bulda@kp.org by one week prior to the applicant’s scheduled interview date.

Peds:MPH Supplemental Application
The Peds/MPH track at KP Oakland is directed by Nami Jhaveri, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency.

MPH Alumni Spotlight

Victoria Chu, MD, MPH

Dr. Chu, UC Berkeley MPH class of 2018 has a strong commitment to community medicine and improving health care delivery to the underserved by addressing preventable diseases. Her MPH year was transformational as she developed strong epidemiologic skills that allowed her to take a job after her MPH with the California Department of Public Health. She has subsequently joined the CDC’s Epidemiologic Investigation Service (EIS) program as a fellow and will be on the front lines of outbreaks and public health emergencies.

Sefanit (Sofe) Mekuria, MD, MPH

Dr. Mekuria, UC Berkeley MPH class of 2015, has had valuable healthcare experiences both during and after her MPH year. During her MPH, she worked with Project Ankor providing pediatric care to Cambodian children in a low resource setting. After her MPH. she has worked as a Juvenile Hall Medical Provider for Contra Costa Health Services and she also serves as a Communicable Disease Medical Consultant and clinical care provider for school-based clinics in Contra Costa County.

FAQ

In what way is the Peds/MPH track different from the traditional categorical pediatrics track during the first 3 years of residency?

During their first 3 years, residents in the Peds/MPH track will complete the same core requirements as the categorical residents to allow them to sit for the ABP Board Exam upon completion of residency. All MPH residents participate in the Kaiser Permanente Elective in Health Policy, open to all KP residents, during their third year, Peds/MPH residents are introduced very early to mentors in the School of Public Health, Pediatric faculty who have a strong interest and experiences in public health and the Kaiser Division of Research.

Do Peds/MPH residents receive a PGY-4 salary during the MPH year AND have the tuition for the MPH program paid for by Kaiser?

Yes! Kaiser Oakland is 100% committed to this program’s success and is fully supportive of the Peds/MPH track.

Is there a separate application process for the Peds/MPH track?

There is a separate National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Code for this track: 10423320C1. Applicants to this track will also be asked to complete a supplemental application including an essay outlining interest and goals related to the Peds/MPH track. This should be submitted to trixy.bulda@kp.org one week prior to the applicant’s scheduled interview day.

If I am interested in the Peds/MPH track, do I need to apply to both the categorical pediatric residency and to the Peds/MPH track?

Peds/MPH applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to both the categorical pediatrics residency track and to the Peds/MPH track.

Is there a clinical component during the MPH year (the PGY-4 year)?

We believe it’s important for your future career to maintain your clinical skills during the PGY-4 year. There are opportunities to do clinical work at Kaiser, in the community and elective opportunities locally and abroad. Moonlighting may also be permitted. An individualized clinical schedule is crafted so as not to interfere with your MPH class-time and work.

Who mentors the Peds/MPH residents?

In addition to mentoring by the faculty and program directors in the Pediatric Residency Training Program, the Peds/MPH residents will meet with faculty at the School of Public Health and at the Kaiser Division of Research beginning in their intern year to establish mentorship tailored to their individual interests and needs.

What are examples of research projects available to the Peds/MPH residents?

Kaiser Division of Research Faculty are national and international leaders in the field of clinical epidemiology with publications every year in the highest profile medical journals. We are very fortunate that the Division of Research National Office is in Oakland. A list of ongoing child and adolescent health projects (as well as links to all current projects) in the Kaiser Division of Research can be found at the Kaiser Division of Research website.

What Kaiser resources are available to the Peds/MPH residents?

Kaiser Division of Research Faculty are national and international leaders in the field of clinical epidemiology with access to the rich and robust Kaiser clinical database and with publications every year in the highest profile medical journals. We are very fortunate that the Division of Research National Office is in Oakland. A list of ongoing child and adolescent health projects (as well as links to all current projects) in the Kaiser Division of Research can be found at the Kaiser Division of Research website

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