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Competency-Based Job Descriptions


​The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) represent a set of skills desirable for the broad practice of public health, offering public health organizations a starting point for a variety of workforce development activities, including the creation of competency-based job descriptions. Such job descriptions link work functions to the competencies needed to successfully perform them. Integrating the Core Competencies into job descriptions can help ensure the recruitment and retention of public health professionals whose skills are well-matched to the needs of positions. Samples of competency-based job descriptions and resources used to develop them are provided below to assist organizations in incorporating the Core Competencies into their own job descriptions. These sample job descriptions and resources are based on the Core Competencies, but competencies may have been adapted slightly to meet the specific needs of each organization.
Job Descriptions 

Note: Oneida County Health Department job descriptions are based on the templates provided by Kane County Health Department.

Resources for Job Description Development
The Core Competencies Workgroup is collecting examples of job descriptions for public health professionals that incorporate the Core Competencies. To add your own job description to this collection, please contact Kathleen Amos at
*Accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board​​​


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