The instructional design for the Public Health Specialist program consolidated courses are group lockstep. The Public Health Specialist program 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 program (DESP), medical threats, operational preventive medicine, and entomology. The Service-specific courses are also group lockstep and for the Army includes: chemical biological radiation nuclear event, industrial hygiene, and an Army field exercise. Navy specific courses include: public health administration, microbiology, biostatistics, epidemiology, medical parasitology, immunizations programs and vaccines, occupational safety and health, environmental sanitation, shipboard preventive medicine, and a Navy field exercise. This training program includes a Phase 1 resident portion at METC. Quality assurance and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Lecture, demonstrations, online materials, simulations, and laboratory practice are utilized throughout the program. This program provides graduates with technical skills and knowledge required to achieve public health specialist entry-level competencies. The program prepares the student to perform preventive medicine operations in both traditional and non-traditional preventive medicine practice settings. The program culminates in college credits that apply toward an associate degree.