Public Health Physicians
Public health physicians provide medical diagnosis and patient care, conduct teaching and research and serve as program managers. Preventive medicine trained physicians work in primary care settings and managed care organizations, in public health and government agencies, in workplaces and in academia.
According to the American College of Preventive Medicine, the work of public health or preventive medicine physicians is focused on the population rather than individual practice, that is, on "assuring the availability of essential public health services to a population using skills such as leadership, management and education as well as clinical interventions."
Specialists in preventive medicine are uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health. They have the skills needed to understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability and death in individuals and in population groups.
A public health physician or preventive medicine physician must have a medical degree and be Board certified in Preventive Medicine or have a Master's in Public Health.