Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Environmental and Occupational Health

First Committee Member

Carolee Dodge Francis

Second Committee Member

Shawn Gerstenberger

Third Committee Member

Jennifer Pharr

Fourth Committee Member

Russell Hurlbert

Number of Pages



Occupational health and safety hazards are abundant in military environments. Due to the hazardous occupational settings, injuries remain a public health concern in the United States military. Public health plays a critical role in injury reduction by addressing the need for comprehensive safety education training, and more specifically, exposure related injuries. A secondary data analysis was completed using Communication Theory as the overarching framework to analyze 13 qualitative interviews conducted with Airmen to gain their perceptions of the occupational health and safety training at Nellis and Creech Air Force Base (AFB). Pedagogy and training content were the two main themes that emerged from Airmen interviews. The purpose of this qualitative bound instrumental case study is to describe the perceived effectiveness of the occupational health and safety training programs by Airmen at Nellis and Creech AFB.


Armed Forces – Safety measures; Communication; Industrial hygiene; Industrial safety; Military; Occupational health; Public health; Qualitative; Safety education; Training


Defense and Security Studies | Military and Veterans Studies | Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene | Public Health