Public health advisors work in conjunction with other high-level health employees and members of the CDC to implement a variety of training techniques. These advisors must have in-depth knowledge of a range of health conditions and areas which may need more attention regarding public health, and the position also requires the ability to communicate verbally and in writing with staff and clients in a clear and concise manner.
Public health advisors must be creative and able to implement new public health initiatives which are of maximum benefit to the community. They must also be able to manage several programs at once, sometimes in multiple locations, as some services are performed on an as-needed basis. Public health advisors must also have flexible schedules, as extensive travel is often necessary for the position.
Aspiring public health advisors should have some knowledge or background in health care or a related field, and a bachelor's degree may be a minimum requirement for this position, while some employers accept applicants with relevant prior experience in place of a degree. Applicants should also complete a public health apprentice program to be considered for the position.
Public Health Advisor Tasks
Respond to data inquiries and create reports for a variety of audiences.
Manage and evaluate health programs, identifying key data and communicating impact.
Collect, standardize, interpret, and update data and associated reports.
Analyze public health data to inform and create policy and health programs.
Work across audiences to interpret and present results, goals, and needs.