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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Public Health Program Specialist Series, 0685

Individual Occupational Requirements

Undergraduate and Graduate Education

For GS-5/7:

Major study -- any field.

For GS-9/11:

Major study -- public health or other field of study with course work directly related to the work of the position to be filled.


General Experience

(for GS-5 positions): Experience that provided evidence that the applicant has the potential to learn and perform public health program work, including the abilities to:

  • Collect and evaluate facts.
  • Interpret and apply guidelines and specifications.
  • Use analytical methods and processes to draw conclusions.
  • Express ideas and concepts orally, in writing, and by numeric and graphic means.
  • Deal effectively with people.

Specialized Experience

(for positions above GS-5): Experience that provided:

  • Knowledge of organizational, operational, and programmatic concepts and practices applied by public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizations engaged in public health or other health-related activities.
  • Knowledge of the methods, processes, and techniques used to develop and deliver public health or health-related programs in State and local settings.
  • Knowledge of a specialized public health program.
  • Knowledge of, and skill in, the application of administrative or analytical methods and techniques necessary for working within the framework of a public health or related organization and carrying out specific program functions.
  • Skill in oral and written communications, gathering and conveying information, making oral presentations, and preparing reports, correspondence, and other written materials.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Public Health Advisor positions -- providing advice and assistance to State and local governments, and to various public, nonprofit, and private agencies and organizations on matters relating to the improvement of their public health activities.
  • Public Health Analyst positions -- conducting studies and performing other analytical work related to the planning, development, organization, administration, evaluation, and delivery of public health programs.
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