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Preventive Medicine


Minimum Education Requirement:
M.D. or D.O. degree and completed an ACGME- or AOA-accredited program of postgraduate specialty training


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Preventive Medicine

Career Description

The men and women of the Air Force know better than most the importance of maintaining their health. That's why they need and appreciate top Preventive Medicine physicians to help them stay as healthy as possible.

To learn more, please visit the Healthcare Professionals site.

Career Tasks

  • Optimize the health of the Air Force and Department of Defense community through a broad scope of jobs using population-based preventive medicine
  • Epidemiology and surveillance, development and fielding of population health programs, operational support to training bases (e.g., recruits), health services support and policy development for the Air Force Surgeon General
  • Clinical informatics, research, academic preventive medicine, health promotion program and policy development
  • Opportunity to deploy on humanitarian missions, be assigned as an international health specialist, train at the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or participate on DoD-level population health management efforts

Relevant Interests & Skills

You might like this career if you have interests in these areas:

  • Health and Medicine
  • Natural Science
  • Business, Operations and Administration

Becoming a Commissioned Officer

To ease your transition into the Air Force, you'll enter a five-week training regimen designed to educate you on the ways of both the military and military healthcare. You'll participate in physical conditioning five days a week, leadership training and classroom studies.