Local Public Health Director/Commissioner

Local commissioners of health and public health directors are responsible for protecting the health and safety of county residents. These individuals exercise important powers under New York State's Public Health Law and lead local agencies responsible for preventing and responding to epidemics and the spread of disease, protecting against environmental hazards, promoting healthy lifestyles, helping communities respond to disasters, and working with community partners to assure access to high quality health services. In recent years, local public health leaders have been asked to take on emerging and complex health issues such as bioterrorism preparedness, epidemics or threatened epidemics like West Nile Virus and SARS, planning for pandemic influenza, and addressing the surge in chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and asthma.

Qualifications:

  • Commissioner: A physician who is currently registered to practice medicine in New York State and certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, or a master's degree in public health or a related field from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university that includes the five core competencies of a masters in public health (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavior Sciences).
  • Director: A master's degree in public health or in a related field from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university that includes the five core competencies of a public health education (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavior Sciences). Related fields may include but shall not be limited to public health nursing, health administration, community health education or environmental health.
  • Commisioners must have one year and public health directors must have three years of administrative experience in a health related organization or government agency. This experience must demonstrate that the candidate possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to administer public health programs, including workforce and budget management, effective communication, effective establishment and implementation of policy or business goals, and compliance with legal requirements.

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