Occ. Code 5273400




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




            Public Health Educators provide consultation and technical service to other public health educators in State and local health departments, and to other agencies and community groups that plan, carry out, supervise, and evaluate public health programs or that have a role in solving health problems.  Public Health Educators are concerned with bringing about change in attitude and behavior in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health through the use of educational principles and methods. 


            Positions are classified in the NYS Department of Health.




PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATOR:  provides public health education and educational material for new or emerging areas of public health concern; conducts needs assessments, develops curriculum and trains others independently; and may supervise other professional staff in this capacity.




            Public Health Program Nurses are professional, licensed registered nurses who work to improve the health of communities, specifically community-based primary and preventive health care, health promotion, and to ensure cost-effective, coordinated care responsive to the needs of particular communities.  Incumbents focus on health outcomes primarily outside the therapeutic institution relative to individual, family and community interventions.  They integrate the epidemiologic approach with the nursing process to make fundamental decisions about care at the level of the population as a whole.  They are concerned with individuals who seek care and those who do not.


            Other training positions include Agency Training and Development Specialists which train NYS staff in a variety of areas specific to the particular agency in which they are found.




            PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATOR:  under general direction, from the Director of Public Health, plans, conducts, supervises and evaluates health education activities in one or more groups of the most complex statewide programs.


-         Designs, directs, and conducts studies to determine gaps between recommended health measures and current practices of individuals, groups and communities, to identify factors which facilitate and/or hinder the understanding and adoption of recommended practices and to improve health education approaches, methods and techniques.


Designs, directs and conducts demonstrations to field test health education approaches, methods and techniques.


-         Gives technical and program consultation to top management in the Department, other State agencies, local health departments and other community agencies.


Promotes the use of research findings applicable to health education practice in the department and in local departments.


-         Assists in interpreting the Department's program to public, professional and voluntary organizations and groups, and in maintaining cooperative working relationships.


-         Assists in academic professional training programs for public health personnel.


-         Gives papers on health education at professional and scientific meetings.


-         Prepares for publication articles and technical reports.


Supervises subordinate professional staff.






Open Competitive:  A Bachelor's or higher degree, including or supplemented by 30 credits in education; and 5 years of experience in the development and implementation of a public health/health education program that includes an outreach component.  One year of this experience must have been supervisory.  A Master’s Degree in education or public health may be substituted for 1 year of the non-supervisory experience.


Date:  11/02



NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.