Public health specialists may perform a variety of tasks related to public health, and their specific duties vary by position. For example, they may facilitate the development and implementation of grant-funded projects and other public health programs (both long- and short-term) per established deadlines for the life cycle of the project. In this role, they must carefully evaluate program progress, fiscal accountability, and goal setting when making policy recommendations to the team.
Additionally, these professionals may conduct evaluations of the environmental impact of contamination, assessing human exposure to hazardous chemicals is requisite. Other responsibilities might include interpreting complex data and communicating that data to the appropriate departments or agencies to ensure public safety and to effect remedial actions as needed. The public health specialist may also be in charge of conducting evaluations of dining establishments to determine if it is adhering to current local and state and government regulations; this might include setting and facilitating policies, guidelines, industry standards, and procedures within the department for team members to follow during inspection. Performing routine inquiries - including following issues through to resolution - into health complaints from the public may also be a required duty. These specialists may also conduct or speak during community education events.
Relevant education and experience are generally required for public health specialist positions, but specific requirements vary by employer and position description. Additionally, specialists' work environments and hours may vary widely as well.
Public Health Specialist Tasks
Promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors.
May supervise staff or give direction.
Assists in facilitating plans and policies necessary to achieve health objectives and services.
Present health education and promotion programs such as training workshops, conferences, and school.