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Preventive Medicine

Overview: Preventive Medicine Professionals evaluate living and working environments to detect and control health hazards and prevent disease and injury within the Air Force community. They provide advice and guidance to other medical teams/organizations, such as bioenvironmental engineering, public health and aerospace medicine to ensure a healthy and fit force. 

Position: Officer 


Specific Tasks: 

  • Develops, administers, and conducts general preventive medicine and public health programs.
  • Directs health, education, and control measures for preventable disease and injuries
  • Directs and provides occupational medicine support in the absence of an occupational medicine or aerospace medicine specialist
  • Conducts medical examinations of personnel with special standards of medical care
  • Establishes procedures to identify occupational hazards, to notify appropriate agencies of occupational diseases or injuries, and investigate job related injuries or illness.


  • For entry into this specialty, it is mandatory to possess a doctor of medicine degree or a doctor of osteopathy degree from an approved school of medicine or osteopathy, a Master's degree or equivalent in public health, and complete 1 year of graduate medical education in a clinical specialty at a hospital acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF.
  • Current enrollment in a General Preventive Medicine residency program acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF 


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.