Preventive Medicine Physicians

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Residency Director
  • Regional Medical Director
  • Public Health Physician
  • Public Health Officer
  • Public Health Director
  • Primary Clinician
  • Preventive Medicine Specialist
  • Preventive Medicine Physician
  • Preventive Medicine Officer
  • Occupational Physician
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What They Do

  • Prepare preventive health reports including problem descriptions, analyses, alternative solutions, and recommendations.
  • Coordinate or integrate the resources of health care institutions, social service agencies, public safety workers, or other organizations to improve community health.
  • Teach or train medical staff regarding preventive medicine issues.
  • Document or review comprehensive patients' histories with an emphasis on occupation or environmental risks.
  • Develop or implement interventions to address behavioral causes of diseases.
  • Perform epidemiological investigations of acute and chronic diseases.
  • Design or use surveillance tools, such as screening, lab reports, and vital records, to identify health risks.
  • 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.
  • Design, implement, or evaluate health service delivery systems to improve the health of targeted populations.
  • Deliver presentations to lay or professional audiences.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IAE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Recognition, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $197,250

Outlook

1.02%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 16,390 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 18,060 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 167 openings due to growth and about 443 replacement openings for approximately 610 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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