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Public Health Service Officer

Overview: Public health officers inspect public facilities for health hazards. They negotiate with government authorities & community groups to set health standards and laws needed to assure standard compliance. They establish free clinics for disease detection and develop health education materials.
Duties: They determine for a city or a region the most current health hazards and the procedures and laws necessary to protect the public from these hazards.

They advise government agencies, and organizations in both the public and private sectors what hygienic steps they must take to protect individuals from contracting specific diseases.

They track down and monitor the frequency of occurrence and locations of outbreaks of a disease and determine how to stop the spread of infection.

Establish free public clinics to detect and diagnose a disease or infection and provide vaccinations, medication and educational materials to prevent the spread of the disease or infection.

Degree(s): A.S. Environmental Health 
A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of public health service officers will grow faster than average through 2018. One of the best ways to curtail healthcare costs is to employ health educators to teach people how to live healthy lives and avoid costly treatments for illnesses. Expect government to increase employees in this area.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $37,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in health management or public health is the minimum educational preparation needed to enter this field. A master's degree is recommended for promotion purposes. Courses in epidemiology, community medicine, health laws, health care organizations, ethics in healthcare, quantitative research methods, statistics and computer applications in health management are essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.