Army Public Health Center (Provisional) (APHC (P))
Service or Branch: Army
Location: Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
STEM Fields: Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Geosciences, Mathematics, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, PhysicsThe U.S. Army Public Health Center is located in the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Our mission is to enhance Army readiness by identifying and assessing current and emerging health threats; developing and communicating public health solutions; and assuring the quality and effectiveness of the Army Public Health Enterprise. Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting physical health through organized, population-based efforts. APHC (P) has broadened that definition, “to promote health and prevent disease and disability of Soldiers and retirees, their family members and Army civilians”. Our public health responsibilities are far-reaching. They extend beyond humans to include animals and the environment where some of the causes of disease, injury and disability in people originate. Rabies, chikungunya, unsafe drinking water, food that has spoiled or has not been safely processed or prepared, ineffective sanitation measures in the aftermath of natural disaster, exposure to industrial chemicals, mold in the workplace—these are just a few examples of the health threats stemming from animals or the environment that Army public health professionals address. We also develop programs and products for healthcare providers and health promotion personnel in the areas of suicide prevention, sexually transmitted disease prevention, post-partum fitness and parenting, tobacco cessation, and healthy sleep, activity and nutrition.