Preventive Medicine


The Preventive Medicine Technician course provides students the technical skills and knowledge required to achieve entrylevel competencies and perform public health specialist / preventive medicine technician duties at fixed medical treatment facilities and field environments. The instructional design for the Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT) course consolidated courses are group lockstep. The PMT course provides education and training in the major disciplines of preventive medicine operations to include introduction to public health, public health communication, food service sanitation, aspects of water, Deployment Environmental Surveillance Course (DESP), medical threats, operational preventive medicine, and entomology. In the service-specific part of the course, each branch has a specialized curriculum that supports its preventive medicine needs. The Army curriculum has courses in health physics, industrial hygiene, and an Army field exercise. Whereas, the Navy's curriculum covers public health administration, microbiology, biostatistics, epidemiology, parasitology, medical readiness, occupational safety and health, environmental health sanitation, shipboard preventive medicine, and a Navy field exercise. This training course includes a Phase 1 resident portion at METC. Quality assurance and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the course. Lecture, demonstrations, online materials, simulations, and laboratory practice are utilized throughout the course. This course provides graduates with technical skills and knowledge required to achieve public health specialist entry-level competencies. The course prepares the student to perform preventive medicine operations in both traditional and non-traditional preventive medicine practice settings. The course culminates in college credits that apply toward an associate degree.

 US Air Force

 US Army
MOS: Preventive Medicine Specialist
Course Length: 640 hours
Iterations per year: 6

 US Navy
NEC: Preventive Medicine Technician
Course Length: 992 hours
Iterations per year: 5

School Code 083

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Public Health Specialist 

The Public Health Specialist course prepares graduates to function independently in preventive medicine specialty areas. The course provides formal didactic and performance training at METC that is designed to develop students into entry-level Preventive Medicine Specialists/Technicians in fixed or deployable assets, in support of full spectrum military operations, as required. 

The Public Health Specialist program provides training in Communication, Food Service Sanitation, Aspects of Water, Deployment Environmental Surveillance Program, Operational Preventive Medicine, and Entomology. 

The Army specific portion focuses on Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Events (CBERNE) and Industrial Hygiene. 

The Navy portion teaches Microbiology, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Control, Parasitology, Immunization Programs and Vaccines, Occupational Safety and Health, Environmental Sanitation, and Shipboard Preventive Medicine. 
The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. 

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Credentialing Information:

Graduates of the Public Health Specialist courses are certified with the following credentials:

ServSafe through the National Restaurant Association (, DoD Pesticide Application through the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (, Basic Industrial Hygiene through the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE), and Shipboard Sanitation through Navy Medicine (Navy specific).

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