Welcome From the Program Director

The Cook County Health & Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine – Public Health & Preventive Medicine Program at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is committed to training primary care and/or public healthoriented physicians in the principles and practices of population-based health care and in the care of underserved populations.
The two-year, ACGMEaccredited residency has concurrent academic and practicum phases. 
The program is focused on preparing physicians with skills to improve the organization and delivery of preventive and chronic care services in a population framework, with a focus on strategies to reduce health disparities. The educational goal of the program is anchored by an ethic of service, recognition of the dignity of our patients, respect for human diversity, and commitment to human rights. 
Our trainees benefit from a diverse training experience created through collaboration and partnerships between Stroger Hospital and Northwestern Medicine (the aligned academic medical center formed by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NU-FSM) and Northwestern Medicine), other academic institutions on Chicago’s west side Medical Center campus, and with public health agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. 

Juleigh Nowinski Konchak, MD, MPH, FASAM, Program Director

Educational Objectives

The overall educational objectives of the program are: 
  1. To develop behavioral and technical clinical skills necessary for the delivery of preventive medicine services for reduction of morbidity and mortality from adult chronic diseases 
  2. To plan, implement, and evaluate population-based initiatives in the setting of health care organizations and/or departments of public health 
  3. To develop critical assessment, methodological, and analytic skills with respect to evidence based public health research, with a particular emphasis on links between epidemiology, behavioral medicine, and prevention 
  4. To develop communication skills in the context of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary clinical and public health settings as well as academic and organizational/administrative settings 

Program Curriculum

This program is accredited by the ACGME to accept and train two residents each year.
All residents spend 24 months in the full-time program during which academic and practicum phases are done concurrently. Download the attached document to review the curriculum. 

The curriculum is tailored to the skills, interests and career goals of individual residents, with a rich variety of clinical and project activities. The overall goal of the practicum is to learn the practice of evidence-based, population-focused medicine, with application of skills to address health disparities.


Applicant Requirements: 
  • Possession of MD or DO degree from an ACGME accredited or dual accredited institution 
  • Completion of an ACGME accredited residency program in a primary care specialty (internal medicine, family practice, or other specialty) is preferred. Physicians with career interests in public health who will have successfully completed a PGY-1 year and completed Step III of the USMLE by the time of entry into the program can also be considered. Documentation that a clinical PGY-1 year in an ACGME accredited program (internal medicine or family practice preferred) will be completed prior to initiating the Preventive Medicine program is an absolute requirement. 
CCH participates in the ERAS system for resident applications. Applications in ERAS open in September, and review begins at that time. Our program participates in the Standardized Application Process match through the American Board of Preventive Medicine, with offers made in January/February for a July 1st start.
Those selected for the residency program will also be required to complete the application process for the MPH program at Northwestern and will be provided with those instructions at the appropriate time. 

Program Contact

Juleigh Nowinski Konchak, MD, MPH, FASAM
Program Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency

Lydia Karch
Program Coordinator