PUBLIC HEALTH PLANNER
Under the direction of the health officer or other supervisory
official in a local health department, uses modern health planning
tools to collect and summarize relevant health information; identifies
and integrates public health laws, regulations and policies into
specific local health agency programs and activities; prepares policy
options with expected outcomes and recommendations for the appropriate
course of action; develops mechanisms to evaluate the effectiveness
and quality of public health programs; does other related duties.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Develops, conducts and interprets the results of community health
surveys to monitor and measure the health status at the local level.
Implements community health planning tools to identify health issues.
Trains health department staff and community partners to administer
community health surveys to the public.
Evaluates the effectiveness of public health programs.
Prepares community health profiles to identify the community's health
status and health resources.
Conducts community health needs assessments using municipal, county,
state and national health data.
Analyzes community health assessment data to determine whether health
indicator goals were achieved.
Prepares charts, graphs and other visual displays of community health
Develops a community health improvement plan to prioritize community
health needs utilizing available community health services and
Researches and analyzes community health data using bio- statistical
and epidemiological principles.
Develops a community health assessment committee with representatives
from the local health department, hospitals, community health
agencies, Health Maintenance Organizations, and community residents.
Interacts with public and private health professionals on the local,
county and state levels and with professional health planning
associations to discuss and exchange ideas on health planning.
Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with those
interested or involved in the work of the program.
Assesses the public health system's capacity and ability to deliver
public health services.
Interprets public health laws and regulations.
Prepares reports and correspondence.
Establishes and maintains records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and computerized information systems used by
the agency, office or related unit.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's
degree, recognized by the Commission on Higher Education, in
Public Health, Business Administration or Public Administration.
Two (2) years of experience in the collection and analysis of
public health information, including the planning and evaluation
of public health plans.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of public health principles.
Knowledge of public health problems.
Knowledge of the methods used to research, gather and analyze data.
Knowledge of the methods used to plan and conduct surveys, and
interpret survey results.
Knowledge of the methods used to conduct needs assessments.
Ability to develop, conduct, and interpret the results of surveys.
Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of public health programs.
Ability to conduct health needs assessments and prepare improvement
Ability to research, gather and analyze data.
Ability to interpret public laws and regulations.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
with those interested or involved in the work of the program.
Ability to prepare reports and correspondence.
Ability to establish and maintain records and files.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording
and information systems used by the agency, office or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in English
sufficiently to perform the duties of the position. American Sign
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable
accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation
cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.