Public Health Specialist

Public Health Specialists apply professional, technical and managerial expertise to evaluate the impact of environmental contamination on public health. Activities include investigating and assessing human exposure to hazardous chemicals, evaluating remedial activities, and communicating health assessments. Public Health Specialists are asked to interpret complex environmental and health data and recognize the issues and concerns of government agencies and members of the public. Employed by the Department of Health, they often work in partnership with staff of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in programs such as Superfund, Brownfields, and Spills.


At the entry level, Public Health Specialists must have a bachelor's degree in the biological, physical, or environmental sciences, engineering, or industrial hygiene; and one year of experience assessing the potential impact of toxic substances on public health or a specialized master's degree. Higher levels require additional relevant experience. A graduate degree in a relevant discipline may substitute for some of the required experience.

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