Careers in Public Health Programs
Administrative Services provides the staff support essential for the operations of the OSDH central office facility and the county health departments. This includes Information Technology, Human Resources, Accounting Services, Budget and Funding, Procurement, Federal Funds Development, and Building Management/Internal Services.
Positions include information systems applications specialist, information systems operating system specialist, accountant, budget analyst, human resources specialist, accounting technician, and administrative programs officer.
Community Health Services
Most public health services are delivered through a system of county health departments located around the state. Registered nurses provide a wide range of health care services. Consumer protection services are provided by public health specialists who inspect food establishments, barber shops, lodging facilities, schools/day care centers and public bathing places, including swimming pools and spas. Child guidance services operate through a network of county health departments to provide preventive diagnostic and treatment services for developmental, psychological, speech, language, and hearing problems. Community Development Service, comprised of Primary Care and Rural Health Development, Health Promotion, and Turning Point, collaborates with community partners in coordinated ways to improve the state’s health. Community-based activities include increasing health care through critical access hospitals and federally qualified health clinics. Community Development Services also helps communities establish partnerships that identify local public health and prevention needs.
Positions include registered nurse, public health specialist, child development specialist, psychological clinician, clinical social worker, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and nutrition therapist
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Family Health Services and Disease & Prevention Services
These two major service areas of the Oklahoma State Department of Health provide a number of programs related to all ages and provide technical support to the county clinical activities:
Family Health Services includes Family Support and Child Abuse Prevention, Child Guidance, Dental Service, Maternal and Child Health, Screening, Special Services and SoonerStart, and Women Infants and Children Nutrition (WIC).
Disease and Prevention Services includes Immunization, HIV/Sexually Transmitted Disease, Acute Disease, Tobacco Use Prevention, Chronic Disease, Injury Prevention, Terrorism Preparedness and Response, and Public Health Laboratory Service.
Positions include nutrition therapist, registered nurse, epidemiologist, health educator, clinical laboratory scientist, disease intervention specialist, and environmental/chemical laboratory scientist.
Protective Health Services
Protective Health Services ensures health care for Oklahomans by providing regulatory oversight of the state’s health care delivery services through a system of inspection, licensure and/or certification.
Positions include public health specialist, clinical health facility surveyor, health facility surveyor, and occupational licensure specialist.