Preventive Medicine


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.

 US Air Force

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

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

School Code 083

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Public Health Specialist 

The Public Health Specialist program prepares graduates to function independently in preventive medicine specialty areas. The program 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 program 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 AMEDDC&S, and Shipboard Sanitation through Navy Medicine (Navy specific).

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