New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals

Public Health Educator

Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
September 10, 2007


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
28-167 Public Health Educator $55,472 22 $35


This examination consists of an evaluation of your training and experience which will be collected through an online form. Qualified candidates will be mailed information regarding the examination process by October 1, 2007.

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1,302 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $651 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before October 1, 2007, you must have a bachelor's or higher degree, including or supplemented by 30 credits in any education field and four years of experience in the development and implementation of a public health/health education program that includes an outreach component.


A master's degree in education or public health may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

For the purposes of this examination:

  1. development and implementation of a public health/health education program must include responsibility for planning (including needs assessment), conducting, and evaluating an educational program designed to provide information concerning public health topics to the general public and/or health professionals, or development of a health education program in a setting that includes an outreach component; AND
  2. experience limited to only public health counseling, clinical nursing experience, or experience as a science or health classroom teacher will not be considered qualifying.


You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Candidates who require sponsorship (for example, through the H1-B Visa Program) may apply. However, New York State agencies are not obligated to consider individuals who would require sponsorship for employment.


  1. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S5JJO.
  2. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  3. New York State residence is not required.
  4. These positions require travel, including travel to areas that may not be served by public transportation. Candidates considered for appointment will have to demonstrate their continued capacity to meet the transportation needs involved in carrying out their work responsibilities.

The Positions

These positions exist in the Department of Health in Albany.

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As a Public Health Educator, you would have responsibility for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of education programs designed to provide information concerning public health topics to health professionals and people of varying socioeconomic, cultural, and education backgrounds. You would educate New Yorkers on ways to improve their health status and the health status of their community. Duties include coordinating conferences and training sessions; designing and conducting periodic training needs assessments; researching, evaluating, and developing curricula and other training; and public awareness of media materials and web based applications; monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of community outreach, educational and training programs, facilitating public health partnerships at the state and local levels; and providing technical assistance to other state agencies and health related organizations. You may manage projects involving the oversight of contract staff, coordinate the activities of regional office staff, and oversee projects involving public health staff.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. The test will consist of an evaluation of your education and experience which will be collected online. When you apply, you must provide complete information to show that you meet the minimum qualifications. Do NOT send resumes. If you apply using the OC-APP form and you need more space, attach additional 8??" x 11" sheets following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after the last date for filing.

If you meet the Minimum Qualifications you will be sent a letter with instructions on how to log on to our website and the online questionnaire. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate your experience conducting needs assessments; and planning, coordinating, and implementing health education programs against the general background/critical activities of the position. This online questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your education and experience. There will be a deadline by which all candidates must submit their completed questionnaires. It is essential that you answer all questions as completely as possible on the questionnaire. Resumes will not be accepted. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in your favor.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How To Apply

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Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

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Issued: 7/27/07

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