Recruiting New Talent for Public Health Jobs With Evidence-Based Job Descriptions and Attractive Job Postings

Heather Krasna, Phoebe K.G. Kulik, Harshada Karnik, Jonathon P. Leider

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Context: With $7.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan funding new hires in the public health workforce, health departments could benefit from well-written, accurate job descriptions and job postings/advertisements to attract candidates. Program: We wrote accurate job descriptions for 24 jobs common in governmental public health settings. Implementation: We searched the gray literature for existing templates of job descriptions, job task analyses, lists of competencies, or bodies of knowledge; synthesized several currently posted job descriptions per occupation; utilized the 2014 National Board of Public Health Examiners' job task analysis data; and gathered feedback from current public health professionals in each field. We then engaged a marketing specialist to change the job descriptions into advertisements. Discussion: Several occupations examined did not have available job task analyses, while others had multiple. This project appears to be the first time that a list of existing job task analyses have been compiled together. Health departments have a special opportunity to replenish their workforce. Having evidence-based and vetted job descriptions that can be tailored for specific health departments' usage will accelerate their recruitment efforts and attract more qualified candidates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E162-E168
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2023

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  • employment
  • health departments
  • recruitment
  • workforce

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.


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