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Preventive Medicine Physicians - 29-1069.09

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Medical Director
  • Occupational Medicine Physician
  • Occupational Physician
  • Preventive Medicine Physician
  • Primary Clinician
  • Public Health Director
  • Public Health Officer
  • Public Health Physician
  • Regional Medical Director
  • Residency Director

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Coordinate or integrate the resources of health care institutions, social service agencies, public safety workers, or other organizations to improve community health.
  • Deliver presentations to lay or professional audiences.
  • Design or use surveillance tools, such as screening, lab reports, and vital records, to identify health risks.
  • Design, implement, or evaluate health service delivery systems to improve the health of targeted populations.
  • Develop or implement interventions to address behavioral causes of diseases.
  • Direct or manage prevention programs in specialty areas such as aerospace, occupational, infectious disease, and environmental medicine.
  • Direct 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.
  • Document or review comprehensive patients' histories with an emphasis on occupation or environmental risks.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of prescribed risk reduction measures or other interventions.
  • Identify groups at risk for specific preventable diseases or injuries.
  • Perform epidemiological investigations of acute and chronic diseases.
  • Prepare preventive health reports including problem descriptions, analyses, alternative solutions, and recommendations.
  • Provide information about potential health hazards and possible interventions to the media, the public, other health care professionals, or local, state, and federal health authorities.
  • Supervise or coordinate the work of physicians, nurses, statisticians, or other professional staff members.
  • Teach or train medical staff regarding preventive medicine issues.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies.
  • Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Design public or employee health programs.
  • Develop health assessment methods or programs.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Manage healthcare operations.
  • Present medical research reports.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Preventive Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Officer (Aerospace) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Preventive Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Officer (Occupational) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Preventive Medicine Specialist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Public Health Physician