Public Health Officer

  • 481 4th St., Hollister, California
  • Sep 13, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $191,880.00 - $251,347.20 Annually USD

Job Description


Under administrative direction of the Director of Health & Human Services, to plan, organize, direct and coordinate the medical oversight of public health programs for the County; to provide technical consultation to citizens, public officials, staff and community organizations and agencies on public health and preventative medicine issues; to serve as the designated County Health Officer; and to do other work as required.

To advise as a medical expert to the Board of Supervisors, County Administration, County Service Departments and the community at large on medical and public health issues, including: carrying out the legal mandates of Health and Safety Codes specific to public health directly or through delegation; acting as the medical liaison to private sector medical care systems and coordinate development of sound public health activities; interpreting and enforcing directly or through delegation local, State and Federal policies, laws, regulations and directives related to medical and public health issues.

This class provides medical supervision for the San Benito County Public Health Division. The incumbent coordinates public health care services with external agencies and health care providers and provides on-going communication with the local medical community. This position is responsible for providing medical oversight and enforcement of public health regulations for a variety of public health programs and services including, environmental health, vital records, communicable disease control, public health nursing, emergency and disaster medical planning, public health education, California Children's Service and maternal and child health services. This class is distinguished from the Director of Public Health in that the latter has overall management responsibility for the Public Health Division's programs and services, whereas the Health Officer directs the medical oversight for all public health programs.

Director of Health and Human Services Agency

May supervise medical staff and other professional, licensed positions such as Environmental Health Manager, Occupational and Physical Therapists, emergency medical services personnel, etc.

Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 25 lbs. corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.

Work is performed in an office environment; in community meetings and event settings, outdoors at inspection sites when warranted.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)

Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the medical delivery of comprehensive, county-wide public health programs to protect and promote public health and mitigate public health hazards.
Enforces all statutes, ordinances and regulations related to public health, environmental health, and sanitation
Consults and provides direction on policy, investigation, treatment and control of communicable disease to include emergency preparedness and response.
Directs, coordinates and participates in the development and delivery of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and priorities that protect public health and conform with applicable public health standards and accepted clinical practices.
Analyzes legislative changes, evaluates and develops medical and public health policies, programs and procedures and formulates improvements.
Serves as an advocate to promote statewide public health policies, which also benefit the County.
Researches, prepares and interprets clinical and technical data, reports and studies; prepares written correspondence as necessary.
Reviews technical requirements, reports and procedures generated by the health department.
Disseminates and interprets policies, laws, regulations and state and federal directives regarding medical and public health issues to physicians, department staff and representatives of hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics and schools by written and personal contacts; acts as medical epidemiologist for public health diseases.
Consults and coordinates with federal and state officials and representatives of local public and private health agencies in the enforcement of health laws and the development of programs to meet public health needs.
Directs the issuance and recordation of birth and death certificates and provides vital statistics information to the State Office of Public Health.
Provides direction and advice regarding policies and procedures directed by the state immunization board.
Directs public health education.
Promotes the advancement of maternal and child health.
Directs the recording of vital statistics.
Directs immunization programs.
Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff, to include assigning work, handling employee concerns and problems, and counseling.
Responds to requests for information or assistance.
Represents the County Public Health Division with regard to public health issues to outside groups and organizations; coordinates public health activities with other public and private agencies
Conducts staff meetings with Public Health Division Supervisors, Managers and others.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited medical school with a Doctor of Medicine degree and a minimum of three years of increasingly responsible work in a public health service that included both clinical and managerial experience. Training in Family Practice, Pediatrics or Internal Medicine is desirable. Possession of a Master's Degree in Public Health is also highly desirable.

Possession of a valid Physician's and Surgeon's Certificate issued by the State of California
Eligible to possess DEA license issued by the State of California
Must possess a valid California Driver's License as required by the position
Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


In accordance with Section 454 of the California Health and Safety Code, must be a graduate of a medical school in good standing and repute. Must possess a valid California driver's license.
Must possess a valid license to practice medicine in the State of California issued by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance.

The contents of this class specification shall not be construed to constitute any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee, nor shall it constitute a contract of employment. The County of San Benito assumes no responsibility beyond the general accuracy of the document, nor does it assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained herein. The contents of this specification may be modified or revoked without notice. Terms and conditions of employment are determined through a "meet and confer" process and are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding currently in effect.

Supplemental information
Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of public health, including current trends in policy, research, treatment, prevention, education and related issues.
Communicable diseases and principles and practices of communicable disease control.
Principles and practices of clinical medicine.
Epidemiology and biostatistics.
Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
Principles and practices of public health program development and administration.
Pertinent local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations, including appropriate enforcement techniques.
Organization, purpose and function of federal and state health agencies.
Local medical associations and community health groups.
Principles and methods of public and community relations, and public information practices and techniques.
Socio-e conomic and psychological factors and the impact of the effectiveness of health services delivery.
Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management including basic budgeting.

Ability to:
Plan, organize and direct public health programs within professional standards, legal requirements and financial constraints.
Work with county, state, federal and local government officials in the establishment of coordinated and effective program services to populations and individuals.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Direct, train and supervise professional and technical personnel.
Interpret and explain laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards pertaining to public health.
Prepare clear and comprehensive records and reports.
Maintain accurate records.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Speak effectively in public.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff members, other departments, agencies and public groups and organizations.
Operate standard office equipment.
In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et., seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

481 4th St., Hollister, California 95023 United States View Map