Applies knowledge of general preventive medicine and public health issues to promote health care to groups or individuals, and aid in the prevention or reduction of risk of disease, injury, disability, or death. May practice population-based medicine or diagnose and treat patients in the context of clinical health promotion and disease prevention.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Directs or manages prevention programs in specialty areas such as aerospace, occupational, infectious disease, and environmental medicine.
- Identifies groups at risk for specific preventable diseases or injuries.
- Supervises or coordinates the work of physicians, nurses, statisticians, or other professional staff members.
- Directs public health education programs dealing with topics such as preventable diseases, injuries, nutrition, food service sanitation, water supply safety, sewage and waste disposal, insect control, and immunizations.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of prescribed risk reduction measures or other interventions.
- Delivers presentations to lay or professional audiences.
- Designs, implements, or evaluates health service delivery systems to improve the health of targeted populations.
- Provides information about potential health hazards and possible interventions to the media, the public, other health care professionals, or local, state, and federal health authorities.
- Designs or uses surveillance tools, such as screening, lab reports, and vital records, to identify health risks.
- Performs epidemiological investigations of acute and chronic diseases.