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CAPT Michael Welch was selected to serve as the Chief Professional Environmental Health Officer for the United States Public Health Service in November 2009. He was recently selected as the Phoenix Area Associate Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering. CAPT Welch began his career with the State of Tennessee Health Department in 1984. He worked as a Field Sanitarian, District Sanitarian and Deputy Regional Director before joining the USPHS in 1990. His first assignment with IHS was as a Field Environmental Health Officer detailed to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation in Dillingham, Alaska. He also served as the Director for Environmental Health and Safety at Bristol Bay before transferring to Phoenix Area IHS as the Western Arizona District Environmental Health Officer in 1994. CAPT Welch was selected as the Phoenix Area Environmental Health Services Branch Chief in 2001 and served in that capacity until 2007. From 2007-2012 he served as the Acting Associate Director for the Phoenix Area Office of Environmental Health and Engineering.

CAPT Welch graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a BS in Biology and East Tennessee State University with a MS in Environmental Health Administration. He has completed the IHS Executive Leadership Development Program and Certified Healthcare Environmental Manager. He is a member of the American Academy of Sanitarians. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the State of Tennessee and with the National Environmental Health Association. Captain Welch has received numerous awards including the Society of American Military Engineers Cumming Award, the Health and Human Services Directors Award, Phoenix Area Environmental Health Officer of the Year and the IHS Environmental Health Officer of the Year Award.