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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 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 Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice's Core Competencies Workgroup collects 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

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This resource was made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Cooperative Agreement Number NU38OT000211. The content of this resource is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the sponsor.


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Jamie Baker


The spelling of Dietitian/Dietician in that job description is not quite right.

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