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Profiles in Medical Power - CDR Rebecca Welch

by Navy Medicine | 20 December 2020

by Navy Medicine | 20 December 2020

CDR Rebecca Welch

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Preventive Medicine Officer


CDR Welch completed medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 2005, earning a Doctor of Osteopathy degree. Following an operational tour in Okinawa, Japan, she attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Preventive Medicine residency, Master of Public Health, and Certificate in Global Health), earning a Master of Public Health degree and completing a residency in Preventive Medicine.  She also earned a Master?s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Carolina, and is an alumnus of Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 1997. In 2007, CDR Welch attended flight school, earning wings as a Flight Surgeon, and in 2017, she became qualified as a Fleet Medical Force physician.

CDR Rebecca Welch stands for a photo in her office at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. US Navy photo.


Currently assigned as Department Head of the Programs and Policy Support Department, within the Division of Preventive Medicine at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) in Portsmouth, Virginia. CDR Welch?s platform supports readiness by providing subject matter expertise on communicable diseases and other public health issues and how they can best be managed aboard ships and submarines, as well as in garrison and field environments, maximizing warfighting capabilities.

A view of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) is located in Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia. (US Navy Photo by Max Lonzanida/Released).


CDR Welch enhances productivity of the team by integrating well with other departments and directorates, and she makes her own performance better by striving to continually read and regularly consult with her peers throughout the Fleet. CDR Welch helps others perform better by encouraging their efforts and through recognition of their hard work.


CDR Welch ensures that warfighters are ready to fight by providing carefully developed plans for mitigating communicable disease on ships, subs, and within garrison environments. When warfighters are healthy and well, they can focus on the mission.

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