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. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
A.S. Environmental 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.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
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 agreementswith 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.